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Cameroon: Yaoundé Sanitation Project

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Tunis, 14th December 2005 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) today in Tunis approved a grant amounting to 25,6 million Units of Account (US$ 36 million or CFA 20.3 billion) to Cameroon to finance the Yaoundé Sanitation Project. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction in the urban areas. Its specific goals are to help limit the effects of floods that disrupt the city’s socio-economic activities and more so in the poor squatter areas that cover about 62.4% of the area of Yaoundé City.

The operations planned were identified following consultations using the results-based management approach (RBM), with Cameroon’s development partners, administrative authorities, decentralized authorities, partners of civil society and the beneficiaries.

The project comprises the following three components: A) Sanitation infrastructure development; (i) construction of a 4.32 km long trapezoidal canal; (ii) cleaning and scouring of three underground collectors (2.35 km) ; iii) construction of two access gangways to enable people to cross the canal; iv) construction of a rail bridge, a bridge for light vehicles, support structures and pipeline crossing; v) construction of 4 disposal structures at the level of the confluences which empty into the canal ; vi) construction of mechanical rakes at the top end of the canal to prevent them from being clogged by solid waste in the future; vii) implementation of maintenance passages on either side of the canal; B) Capacity building of key partners including NGOs and the private sector and; C) Project management.

The project will have a direct and immediate impact on poverty reduction by improving the health of people, creating about 1350 direct jobs and 2350 indirect jobs during the 4-year implementation phase and reducing the unemployment rate especially among youths. The actions planned within the project context will also bring about increased empowerment of the most vulnerable population groups (women and youths), a better organization of urban communities as well as the promotion of small operators (jobbers, craftsmen, day laborers, SMEs and NGOs.

The African Development Bank Group operations in Cameroon started in 1972. To date, its commitments in the country stand at CFA 623 billion in 57 operations.

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