AfDB funds Ethiopian water sanitation project

17 September 2014

The One Water, Sanitation and Hygiene National Program (OWNP) in Ethiopia have received US$91.10m funding from the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

The funds are part of US$256m awarded by the bank to support the Governments of Nigeria and Ethiopia in their water, sanitation, health and infrastructure. The Board of Directors approved the US$ 91.10m loan and another US$ 10.06m grant from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) Trust Fund to fund Ethiopia’s mega water, sanitation and hygiene program.

The One WASH National Program (OWNP) has four major components which are Rural and Pastoral WASH, Urban WASH, Institutional WASH, Programme Management and Capacity Building.

The Program seeks to reduce spatial inequalities in access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation so that under-served areas, communities and households will receive at least a basic level of water supply and sanitation services.

The total cost of the project is estimated at US$ 2.4bn. Other parties involved in the funding of the project include the World Bank, The Government of Ethiopia, and UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF.

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