ADF Supports Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in Tanzania

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Efforts being made by the Tanzanian Government to provide safe drinking water and improve sanitation in rural parts of the country have received strong support from the African Development Bank Group, which has agreed to help finance water and sanitation project in the country.

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the AfDB Group approved in Tunis on Wednesday, a loan and a grant totaling 55 million Units of Account*, equivalent to US$ 81.86 million,  to finance the Rural Water and Sanitation Programe (RWSS)  in Tanzania.

The objective of the program, over the four-year period (2006 to 2010), is to provide sustainable safe water supply and sanitation facilities, based on management responsibility and ownership by the users, within reach of 69 % of the rural population by the year 2010. The program will cover rural areas in all districts of Tanzania. The program will ensure that an additional 6.5 million people living in rural areas have access to safe water by 2010 and that 90% of rural Tanzanians have sustained sanitation facilities.

The program includes:

  • Providing access to water supply and sanitation in all districts;
  • Increasing water supply coverage and reducing distance between home and water points;
  • Reducing water-borne and hygiene related diseases;
  • Community mobilization with gender equality
  • Appropriate water supply technologies whose maintenance can be done locally.

The primary beneficiaries of this program will be women and children who are responsible for fetching water. The drudgery of fetching water will be reduced due to reduced time spent on fetching water and improved security for the girls while fetching water; improved health and nutrition due to clean water and access to sanitation and adoption of other hygiene practices.

The cost of the program during 2006-2010 is estimated at UA 223 million, equivalent to US$ 331 .93 million The ADF loan of UA 45 million and grant of UA 10 million will finance 23 % of the total cost of the National Rural Water and Sanitation Programme from 2006 - 2010. Other partners will support the government to finance the implementation of the project.

The ADB Group began operations in Tanzania in 1971. To date, its commitments in the country stand at US$ 1.3 billion in 97 operations.

 Project Brief

  • Name of Project: Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program
  • Location: Rural Areas in all Local Government Authorities
  • Executing Agency: Ministry of Water P.O. Box 9153 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tel: (255) 22 245 20 35 - Fax: (255) 22 245 20 37
  • Total Cost:    UA 223 million
  • ADF Loan:   UA 45 million
  • ADF Grant: UA 10 million
  • IDA:   UA51 million
  • Netherlands:   UA 27 million
  • Germany:    UA 16 million
  • Other Development Partners:  UA 44 million
  • Communities:  UA 7 million
  • Government of Tanzania:   UA 23 million
  • Sarting Date: January 2007
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Consultancy Services: Procurement of goods, works and services for this program shall follow the Country’s rules and procedures, using the relevant Central and Local Government’s Standard Bidding Documents.

* 1 UA = USD 1.48852 as at 11/09/2006

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