African project: clean water for 82 million people and improved sanitation for 57 million
There are more cell phones in Asia and Africa than toilets. But that wil change now. Because the African Union has started a big project to improve rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene in 10 countries in Africa.
€50m is reserved to finance water supply, improved sanitation and hygiene for 5 million people in Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Lesotho, Mauritania and Rwanda.
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Rwanda is leading the initiative. Therefore they signed an agreement at the 23rd AU Summit with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to formalise the hosting of mobilised resources by the Rural Water Supply and SanitationTrust Fund.
This Trust Fund, along with partners, agencies, African governments and communities, will accelerate access to drinking water supply and sanitation in rural Africa to reach the MDG targets in 2015 and the African Water Vision targets of 2025.
AfDB agriculture, water, education, human development and natural resources vice president Aly Abou-Sabaa said: “The AfDB, through the RWSSI Trust Fund, has provided clean water for 82 million people and improved sanitation for 57 million.”