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ADF Grants Ethiopia US$ 62 million to finance rural water supply and sanitation


Tunis, 21 December, 2005 – The Ethiopian government will receive a grant of UA 43.61 million (approximately 62 million US dollars or 552 million birr) from the African Development Fund (ADF) to co-finance its rural water supply and sanitation programme.  The Board of the ADF, the concessionary lending arm of the African Development Bank Group, approved the grant during its regular weekly meeting in Tunis today.

The resources will be used to: provide new and rehabilitated water supply facilities; build latrines in schools, health centers and crowded settlements; raise awareness and build capacity in water supply and sanitation management, operation and maintenance; and support federal and regional government institutions responsible for the sector.

Access to water supply and sanitation services is available to only 24 percent and eight percent respectively of Ethiopia’s rural population.

The government has, since 1999, formulated a series of water and sanitation policies and initiatives, including a National Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (NWSSP) that seeks to increase national coverage to 62 percent and 54 percent respectively by 2015. A short-term programme covering the period 2005-2008 was developed with the objective of improving access to rural water supply and sanitation services.  The ADF grant will co-finance the short-term programme.

The African Development Bank last year launched a Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) that aims to improve access to drinking water and sanitation in rural regions of the continent as part of the Africa Water Vision. Ethiopia is among five countries selected for initial implementation of the Initiative.

Cumulative Bank lending and grants to Ethiopia add up to US$ 1.9 billion for 76 operations.


* UA 1 = US$ 1.42414 = ETB 12.6589 as at 01/12/2005


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