Uganda: US$ 52 Million for the Kampala Sanitation Programme

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Tunis, December 16, 2008 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Board of Directors approved an African Development Fund (ADF) loan of Unit of Account (UA*) 35 million, equivalent to US$ 52 million, to the Government of Uganda for financing the Kampala Sanitation Program - Phase I.

The main outputs of the long term (up to 2033) sanitation development program for Kampala will be a rehabilitated sewerage system including provision of 53,000 m3/d waste water and 500 m3/d sludge treatment capacities, raised awareness of improved sanitation and hygiene, as well as improved management of these services.

The direct beneficiaries of the proposed program will be the entire population of Kampala estimated as 1.4 million and the people living along the nearby shores of Lake Victoria. On the whole, the program will bring general improvements in public health within the City, curtail water and sanitation related diseases, and contribute to environmental sustainability of the Lake. The latter is the source of water for Kampala, and of livelihood for many people in Uganda and also in the region.

The proposed program is unique in that it is the first large scale sanitation development in the country and indeed in many parts of the continent.

In accordance with its Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policy, the Bank is already participating in the development of this sub-sector as part of its ongoing operations in the country i.e. the Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program.

The proposed Program also contributes to the achievement of MDG of halving the proportion of people without access to safe water and improved sanitation by 2015. In addition, it will support Government’s efforts to meet other MDGs related to poverty eradication, reduction of child mortality, environmental sustainability and gender equality. The Program also falls within the Country’s and the Bank’s development objectives stated in the Results Based Country Strategy Paper (Uganda Joint Assistance Strategy) - 2005-2007 extended to 2009/10.

Phase I of the program shall be implemented over a four year period at a total cost of UA 64.95 million (US$ 96. 65 million).

The AfDB started operations in Uganda in 1968. To date, its cumulative commitment in the country stands at US$ 1.74 billion for 105 operations.

*1 UA = US$ 1.48797 as at 16/12/2008

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