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Study project for inclusive sanitation in five cities in Mauritania (PETAIV)

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Project General Description

The proposed project is an important contribution to the implementation of the Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Shared Prosperity (SCAPP) covering the period 2016-2030 and the National Strategy for Sustainable Access to Water and Sanitation (SNADEA) by 2030. Its implementation will enable five (5) urban centres to have updated sanitation master plans and studies to carry out investments in the field of sanitation and the recovery of its by-products. The implementation of the planned investments will contribute to the improvement of the health situation of the targeted populations and to food security. The project activities are organised around three components. The first component relates to the preparation of bankable investment projects. The second component concerns the establishment of an enabling environment for the improvement of sanitation services while the last component relates to the management of the project. The overall budget is estimated at EUR 896,000, financed by the AWF to the tune of EUR 793,000 and by the Government of Mauritania for an amount equivalent to EUR 103,000. The estimated duration of the project is 24 months.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the population of Mauritania through the improvement of sanitation services in five cities (Nouakchott, Nema, Kiffa, Kaédi and Rosso) of the country.


The direct beneficiaries of this project are urban and peri-urban households located in the following five cities: Nouakchott, Néma, Kiffa, Kaédi and Rosso. These cities have a total population of more than 1,300,000 inhabitants, 49% of whom are women in 2019, i.e. more than 60% of the country's urban population. The indirect beneficiaries of the project are the professional actors: national private investors who will have at their disposal detailed studies for their investments, national NGOs, local masons and contractors building latrines, and emptying workers. They will receive training and equipment. The project should also benefit women and young people through job creation and the Government which, for every US$1 invested in sanitation, would save US$5.5 according to WHO estimates made in 2012. The institutional actors in the sector will be strengthened by this project: the Sanitation Directorate and five Regional Directorates of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation as well as ONAS. The entire urban population of Mauritania will ultimately benefit indirectly from the improved management of sanitation services on a national scale.

Appraisal report (download)