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COMOROS - Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Southern Areas - PCR


The project’s sector objective is to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic and health conditions of the people of the Union of the Comoros. Its specific objective is to ensure long-term access to drinking water and sanitation services for the Comorian population. The project will: (i) define an institutional, organizational and financial framework appropriate to the sector’s development; (ii) make available to the Comorian authorities a national strategy and programme up to 2030; (iii) strengthen various stakeholders active in the sector; and (iv) serve as a model for coordinating donors in other sectors. Besides, it should respond to the Comorian Government’s concern of ensuring equitable development to the Union’s various islands. The project is part of the country's 2010-2014 Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy (PRGS), including the fifth priority programme, which aims to increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation and sustainable water resource management. It is in line with the Bank's intervention strategy in the Comoros, as defined in Pillar 2 of the CSP 2009-2010, which focuses on improving access to drinking water. It is also in response to the Bank's rural water and sanitation sector initiative. The project is expected to meet the needs of around 200,000 people, including 180,000 people directly affected by drinking water infrastructure and 20,000 people through sanitation infrastructure. The main expected outcomes are improved access to drinking water (from 10% in 2009 to 37.5% in 2015) and sanitation services (from 7% in 2009 to 20% in 2015) according to the National Strategy Study and the DWS Programme. The project is also expected to reduce water-borne diseases by 20% in 2013 and improve conditions for women and girls, who are most often in charge of fetching water. The project's development objective is highly relevant.

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