Tunis, 15 November 2006 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), approved on Wednesday in Tunis, a loan of 9.70 million Units of Account (UA*), equivalent to US$ 14.35 million, to finance a Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in the southern parts of Mauritania.
The project seeks to improve water supply and household sanitation in 74 localities of the three targeted regions (Hodh El Chargui, Assaba and Gorgol), which are currently experiencing a shortfall in water supply. The project will also improve sanitation in the rural communities that have a population of 658,000. The overall goal of the project is to improve the socio-economic and health conditions of the rural communities.
The project will involve construction of drinking water supply structures in order to raise the average rate of access to safe water in the targeted rural communities from 36% to 41%, thereby meeting nearly 17% of the Millennium Development Goal for water and sanitation, which is expected to attain the benchmark of 75% and 60%, respectively by 2015. The project is expected to raise the sanitation level in the area from the current 20% to over 35% of the MDG target.
The expected outputs of the project are as follows:
- Provision of household latrines and wash basins with wash-stands;
- Building of multi-compartment community latrines near village public amenities (markets, schools, health centres and other public places);
- Sinking of new wells and boreholes;
- Setting up structures and water treatment plants as well as related service networks;
- Establishment of Water Users’ Associations and training of their officials;
- Appointment of female representatives for awareness of hygiene, recruitment and training of masons in household latrine construction.
On the socioeconomic front, the project will make significant positive impact such as improving the safety of water supply, reducing cost of water and water-borne diseases such as malaria, cholera, gastrointestinal complications, eye problems as well as skin infections. It will also result in saving time spent on fetching water. This will allow women to engage in income-generating activities and children to pursue their education.
The ADB Group began operations in Mauritania in 1972. The Bank’s cumulative commitments in the country currently stand at US$ 485.3 million in 55 operations.
- Name of Programme: Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in the Southern Area.
- Executing Agency: Ministère de l’Hydraulique, Avenue Gamal Abdel Nasser - BP 4913, Nouakchott – Mauritanie - FAX: (222) 524 02 65 - Tel: +222 524 02 67
- Total Cost: UA 11.55 Million
- ADF loan: UA 9.70 Million
- Mauritanian Govt.: UA 1.624 Million
- Communities: UA 0.226 Million
- Estimated Starting Date: January 2007.
- Duration: 3 years
- Procurement: Procurement of goods and works and procurement of consultancy services financed from ADF resources will be in accordance with the Bank’s Rules of Procedure for Procurement of Goods and Works or Rules of Procedure for Use of Consultants, as appropriate, and the Governments Procurement Rules.
* 1 UA = 1.48004 US$ = 12.8883 as at 15/11/2006