Liberia: AfDB Approves Urban Water and Sanitation Project to Benefit More than Half a Million People
Tunis, 19 May 2010 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, approved on 19 May 2010 in Tunis, a grant of UA 24.63 million, equivalent to 37.22 million USD, and a Fragile State Facility grant of UA 1.46 million (equivalent to 2.21 million USD) to finance an urban water supply and sanitation project in Liberia.
The project seeks to improve access to adequate, safe and reliable water supply and public sanitation services for the people in the towns of Monrovia, Buchanan, Kakata and Zwedru on a sustainable basis; Enhance the institutional, operational and management capacity; and Ensure the long-term institutional and financial viability of Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation.
After commissioning in 2014, the proposed project will provide 50% of the 1.16 million population of Monrovia and 75% of the population in Buchanan, Kakata and Zwedru with safe, adequate and reliable water supply services at affordable prices. This in turn will prompt improvement in health, productivity and subsequently spur all round economic development in the four towns.
It is expected that the implementation phase of the project will contribute to local employment and supply of inputs for the project, support local entrepreneurs, small businesses and contribute to boosting the local economy.
The proposed project targets urban and peri-urban settlements as well as schools, markets and health centres in Monrovia, Buchanan, Kakata and Zwedru. The direct beneficiaries are
580,000 residents in Monrovia, 45,400 in Buchanan, 39,300 in Kakata and 27,000 in Zwedru; the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation and the Monrovia Metropolitan Corporation.
The outcomes of the project are increased coverage and functioning of water and sanitation services in the project area, and improved performance of Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation.