CAR: USD 16 M for Water and Sanitation Project

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Tunis, 3 November 2009 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved, 3 November 2009 in Tunis, an African Development Fund (ADF) grant of UA 7 million and a Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) grant of UA 3 million to finance drinking water supply and sanitation in three divisional headquarters and surrounding rural areas in Central African Republic (CAR).

This project covers three divisional headquarters situated in the South-West and Centre-West of the Central African Republic, namely Berberati, Bouar and Bossangoa and surrounding villages.

The main expected outputs are rehabilitation and extension of the drinking water supply systems in Berberati, Bouar and Bossangoa, building of 60 standpipes and making 2 300 low-cost connections to the service in these towns; construction of 73 blocks of latrines in public buildings; and training and sensitization of about 160 000 people.

The main expected outputs are improved and sustained access to drinking water (from 32% to 100% in 2020) and sanitation services, and a positive change of attitude and behavior to hygiene and health by 80% of the population. The average prevalence rate of water-borne and sanitation-related diseases will reduce by more than half over the period, from 22% to 10%.

This project is in line with the AfDB Poverty Reduction Strategy Document of the Central African Republic for the 2008- 2012 period, notably the objective concerning economic reconstruction and diversification. The project is also in keeping with the Joint Country Partnership Strategy Paper of the Bank and the World Bank in CAR, approved by the AfDB Board in July 2009, and which supports the development of basic infrastructure and social services, with priority on drinking water supply and sanitation.

1 Unit of Account = USD 1.59 as of 3 November 2009