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The project is standalone and is comprised of the following three components.
a)Development of Provincial Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities: The component will include the financing of (a) initial beneficiary, technical and institutional assessment for the establishment of five Provincial Water and Sanitation Utilities (PWSU) (b) technical assistance for 7 PWSUs and for management of these utilities (c) developing the customer information and billing systems (d) developing clear guidelines and procedures (charter) for social and gender inclusion (e) provision of Operation and Maintenance tools and equipment and input. b)Sanitation and Water Systems: this component will mainly focus on sanitation but with reasonable intervention also for increasing water connections. The envisaged activities under the component include
(i) Sumbe sewerage infrastructure (sewer system and sewage treatment),
(ii) hygiene Promotion
(iii) guidelines on appropriate technologies for wastewater treatment and reuse and feasibility studies for 9 coastal towns,
(iv) increase water connection to households in the provincial capitals to benefit more than 15,000 households. c)Capacity Building and Change Management: The component will include the financing of
(i) technical assistance to improve delivery capacity on capital investment program;
(ii) technical assistance on areas under the responsibility of DNA which are not being performed such as investment planning, human resources and capacity development, sector monitoring and evaluation, technical and operational supervision of utilities, and legal and contract management functions
(iii) technical assistance on strategic sector coordination at Ministerial level with aim of fostering inter-ministerial collaboration and providing high level advisory on the sector reform;
(iv) training of staff and women groups
(v) Social mobilization, social inclusion, and communication and
(vi) building capacity of provincial water quality laboratories.
The Project development objective is to strengthen institutional capacity and efficiency in the water and sanitation sector institutions at central and provincial level to improve access and service delivery. The project will contribute to the ongoing reform and capacity building.
Angola 2025 vision identifies access to water supply and sanitation services for all Angolans as one of its goals. In this regard, improving water and sanitation coverage and service levels are included in the sector Action Plan 2013-17 with an ambitious targets to revert the current situation where the majority of the urban and in particular the peri-urban population have limited access to these services. The objective is to reach 100% water and sanitation coverage in urban areas by 2017 and these objectives support the Human Development Pillar in the PND.
The Action Plan enacted by the Presidential Decree in 2013 clearly states the urban water and sanitation sector will undergo an institutional reform under which a water regulator for the sector economic regulation, an asset management entity to oversee the utilities, plan and implement investment, and Provincial Water and Sanitation Utilities to operate systems will be created as part of an integrated institutional framework. This framework is intended to sustain the investment made, strive to achieve financial sustainability and to contribute to wellbeing of the population. The institutional reform is underway and the proposed project will contribute to the scaling up and consolidation of the reform in the sector through capacity building.
The Bank's proposed intervention in the sector is anchored in the two pillars of the CSP (2011 -2015): Pillar 1 - Stimulus to the competitiveness of the economy and Pillar 2 - support to the economic infrastructure development. Through the significant improvement in quality of service delivery and long term sustainability, the proposed project contributes to the improvement of the competitiveness of the economy by providing reliable service which otherwise would have exposed the economy to wastage of resource negatively impacting its competitiveness. Secondly, the improvement in the access and quality of service contributes to the reduction of time wasted to fetch water, illness due to water borne disease and treatment cost which would in turn make people more productive and available to the labour market. Thirdly, the institutional re-organisation and capacity building creates opportunities and favourable environment for water sector skill development and private operators of schemes. Lastly the proposed project will contribute to the pillar 2 - economic infrastructure development through its investment in physical infrastructure to increase access in sanitation and water supply and better management of the infrastructure.
The proposed project is also aligned with the Bank's Ten Years Strategy 2012-2022 through its contribution to the economic infrastructure development, skills and technology and private sector development. The project supports expansion of the water and sanitation infrastructure and builds capacity through skills and institutional development. Furthermore, the project is supported by the Bank's Integrated Water Resource Management (2000) and Urban Development Strategy (2011) and Gender Strategy (2014 - 2018).
The proposed project through the institutional development, capacity building, and water and sanitation infrastructure will benefit the population in the Cabinda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Kuanza Sul, Bengo, Namib and Cunene provinces with total population of 4.5 million; women's constitute about 52%. Its physical infrastructure will impact Sumbe town with population of 120,000 and 100,000 of peri urban population in the provincial capitals will have new access. Most of these provinces are on the bottom of the ladder in terms of water and sanitation access.
DEMISSIE Eskendir Alemseged - RDGS4