Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Initiative

20-May-2019

The Gambia - Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project - PCR

16-May-2019

RWSSI - Newsletter September 2014

Welcome to the inaugural RWSSI newsletter, designed to update you on programmes, progress and activities in the Bank’s rural water supply and sanitation sector. In this launch edition, we share some of the Initiative’s notable developments and highlight various strategic events that have taken place, as well as some of the lessons and experiences we have had in pursuit of our continental RWSS development goals. As we know, more than half of Africa’s population lives in rural areas where access to water supply and sanitation remains a huge issue and, with only a year to go to the MDGs and a...
16-May-2019

RWSSI - Newsletter - October 2015

Across the African continent, an estimated 455 million people out of the 700 million living in rural areas still lack access to basic sanitation facilities. For RWSSI, SDG 6 is ambitious but absolutely necessary for development in Africa. In this edition you can find out more about RWSSI's "furthest behind first" strategy and the importance of joining forces with other development partners in order to gain in efficiency. Help us spread the word about RWSSI by sharing this newsletter with your colleagues and on social networks. *Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative, part of OWAS in the...
17-Jan-2019

African Development Bank and Rwanda Sign financing agreements worth €115 million for water projects

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed financing agreements worth €115 million with the Government of Rwanda to support the Rwanda Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Programme as additional financing. The funding, which comprises €114.27 million from the AfDB window and €0.8 million from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative Trust Fund, augments the original financing of €104 million AfDB loan and €43 million Africa Growing Together Fund loan approved by the Bank’s Board in 2017. The additional financing will mainly support water supply infrastructure...
26-Aug-2018

2018 World Water Week: “Water, ecosystems and human development” - Focus on Africa

The 2018 World Water Week will take place from 26 to 31 August in Stockholm, Sweden, under the theme: “Water, ecosystems and human development.” Hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week (WWW) is the largest global event focusing on water sector and development-related challenges. The meeting brings together governments, experts, and private sector leaders to brainstorm solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. This year’s Stockholm World Water Week will explore the need to safeguard the...
23-Mar-2018

World Water Day Interview: Osward Mulenga Chanda, Division Manager, Water Development and Sanitation Department

In this interview, Osward Mulenga Chanda, Division Manager, Water Development and Sanitation Department, African Development Bank, raises the issue of access to financing for water, which he says is not the only aspect to be taken into account for the development of the sector. Has enough money been invested to meet the targets of the African Water Vision and the sustainable development goals (SDGs)? What are the financial projections? Official development finance to water nearly tripled between 2003 and 2014, rising from an annual allocation of $6 billion in 2003 to close to $18...
22-Mar-2018

World Water Day Interview: Wambui Gichuri, Director, Water Development and Sanitation Department

With her extensive experience in water management at the World Bank where she developed and implemented several strategies and programs, Wambui Gichuri joined the African Development Bank on March 15, 2018. Her arrival as Director of the Water Development and Sanitation Department coincides with the World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil, taking place from March 18 to 23. On the occasion of World Water Day, we spoke to her about the African Development Bank’s development priorities vis-à-vis the water and sanitation sector. How do you view the challenge of providing sustainable...
22-Mar-2018

World Water Day Interview with Francis Daniel Bougaire, Chief Water Policy and Strategy Development Officer at the African Water Facility

Francis Daniel Bougaire is Chief Water Policy and Strategy Development Officer at the African Water Facility (AWF), a special fund hosted and administered by the African Development Bank. The AWF provides grants and technical assistance for the implementation of innovative projects within its domain. For Bougaire, promoting integrated water resources management (IWRM) is crucial for achieving inclusive, sustainable development. What challenges does water represent, with its triple political, social and environmental aspects? Humanity has to face several water-related challenges...
19-Mar-2018

The African Development Bank participates in the 8th World Water Forum: Sharing and Learning

The World Water Forum, which is the culmination of 3 years of global water actors’ consultations, opened in Brasilia to over 30,000 participants. Facilitated by the World Water Council, a global body with over 600 member organizations, it will focus on sharing experiences and advancements in the sustainable development and management of this precious resource for social and economic development. Much emphasis is put on the fact that water security has wide-ranging impacts on energy, agriculture, industrialization and health. The 8th World Water Forum coincides with the...
09-Mar-2018

The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI): Improving the quality of life in rural Africa

12-Sep-2017

RWSSI Newsletter - August 2017

During the 2017 Annual Meetings of the AfDB in Ahmedabad, India, a RWSSI program in Tanzania won the "2017 Africa Development Impact Award" in the category to “Improve the life for the people of Africa”. The Rural Water and Sanitation Program II was flagged for its unique contribution to development in Tanzania. Completed in 2015,...
29-Aug-2017

2017 World Water Week: AfDB joins global community to address water challenges

As a leading financing partner on water and sanitation services in Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and two of its flagship water initiatives: the African Water Facility (AWF) and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), are participating in the 2017 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden from August 27 to September 1, on the theme: “Water and Waste: reduce and reuse.” During the annual World Water Week, experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and a range of sectors and countries gather in Stockholm to network,...
26-Aug-2017

2017 World Water Week: “Water and waste: reduce and reuse” Focus on Africa

Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the annual World Water Week (WWW) is the largest global event for the water sector and development-related challenges. The 2017 World Water Week takes place from August 27 to September 1, on the theme: “Water and waste: reduce and reuse” for sustainable growth.” It emphasizes various connections and possibilities throughout the water and sanitation cycle, the human/ecosystem health dimension, the urban dimension of waste-water, economic and financial perspectives, the role of water in implementation and monitoring of...
11-Apr-2017

RWSSI - Newsletter - March 2017

The international development community commemorated World Water Day on March 22, 2017. The focus was on wastewater. For more than five decades, the African Development Bank has been at the forefront of funding wastewater management programs. Turning wastewater into wealth, the AfDB argues is critical to achieving the N'gor commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals. In this edition of the newsletter, Jennifer Blanke, AfDB's Vice President of Agriculture, Human and Social Development reflects on opportunities to turn wastewater into wealth in Africa. In the meantime, the RWSSI...
22-Mar-2017

RWSSI Newsletter - December 2016

"Progress has been achieved in delivering water to rural communities in the world," the 7th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum concluded. However, more needs to be done to complete the task of providing access to drinking water to over 660 million people globally and 280 million people in Africa. While acknowledging the criticality of issues such equity, non-discrimination, low-cost technology, monitoring, mapping, etc. to the successful delivery of rural water supply services, the biggest consensus was perhaps on the need to improve sustainability. As you will read in the newsletter...
15-Dec-2016

Improving aid effectiveness and transparency in AfDB’s Rural Water Sector

Rural water supply and sanitation task managers and experts of the African Development Bank (AfDB) have discussed how to enhance transparency and aid effectiveness through online reporting, communications and monitoring of AfDB-financed projects. Organized by the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), in collaboration with AKVO, a not-for-profit foundation facilitating the use of data to transform development assistance, the training sought to equip task managers with practical skills to gather and share quality data on AfDB interventions in the rural water sector to enhance...
14-Dec-2016

AfDB approves USD 250 million loan and EUR 5 million grant for rebuilding, recovery and stabilization in North East Nigeria

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has approved a financing package comprising USD 150 million ADB Loan, USD 100 ADF Loan and the EUR 5 million RWSSI Grant Facility, to finance the Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Programme (IBSDLEIP), in support of operationalizing the “Buhari Plan” for Emergency Transition, Recovery and Peacebuilding for North East states in Nigeria. The IBSDLEIP seeks to curb fragility aggravated by the Boko Haram insurgency with the goal of contributing to reduced poverty and vulnerability in...
01-Dec-2016

Major rural water supply conference underway in Abidjan with AfDB’s support

A four-day meeting, to address the challenges facing rural water supply and to share perspectives on best practices, started on 29 November 2016 in Abidjan, with full support from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The forum brought together more than 500 participants, comprising government officials, policy makers, scientists, researchers and private sector representatives. The AfDB’s support to the Forum, falls within the strategic priorities of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) – hosted by the African Development Bank – to accelerate access to water...
25-Nov-2016

RWSSI Newsletter - October 2016

Warm greetings from Abidjan, host city of the 7th edition of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum. RWSSI is proud to be associated with the preparation and organization of this global event. Details of RWSSI activities at the RWSN Forum are contained in our newsletter below. As you may already be aware, RWSSI commissioned a review of its activities at the start of this year in view of developing a new strategy that is capable of tackling rural water supply and sanitation challenges in Africa sustainably. As the process enters a pivotal phase, we thought you might want an update....
24-Oct-2016

Governor of Zambezia Province in Mozambique launches Small Water Scheme financed by the African Development Bank

The African Development Bank’s drive towards implementing its fifth High 5 priority – “Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa” – was boosted on October 13, 2016, when the Provincial Governor for Zambezia in central Mozambique, Abdul Razak Noormahomed, launched a newly completed and rehabilitated Small Piped Water Scheme in Lioma community in the Gurue district. The inauguration brought together many community members from the region. The newly rehabilitated water supply was financed as part of the ongoing UA 5.27 million (approximately US $7 million) African...