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African Water Facility Approves a €4.9 million Grant for Drinking Water and Climate-Resilient WASH Services in Burkina Faso

19 January 2023
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The African Water Facility approved on 16 December 2022, a grant of €4.9 million for PHEPA–8P – Promotion of Hygiene, Drinking Water, Sanitation and Strengthening of the Resilience of the Population to Covid-19 and Climate Change in Rural Areas In Eight (8) Provinces in Burkina Faso.

Targeted at the population of the Centre-West, Centre-South and Central Plateau regions, the PHEPA-8P intervention will provide access to climate-resilient drinking water, hygiene and sanitation services for approximately 61,270 people, including internally displaced people, at least 50% of whom are women. It will also sensitize at least 250,000 people on the practice and adoption of good hygiene and sanitation, COVID-19 prevention, and Gender Based Violence.

Improved access to water will reduce the burden of women and girls by reducing the distance and time spent fetching water. It will also create about 1,376 direct jobs, at least 30% which will be held by women.

Commenting on the project and objective, African Water Facility Coordinator, Mtchera Chriwa said, “Access to water, sanitation and hygiene services is a fundamental human right and the African Water Facility is committed to ensuring that this right is enjoyed by all. We are pleased to work with the Danish Government to provide access to climate-resilient WASH services in Burkina Faso, especially for people in rural areas who struggle with access to these services.”

The PHEPA-8P project will improve access to equitable climate-resilient hygiene and sanitation services and end open defecation. It will further prepare a feasibility document for a new climate-smart investment project and support the mobilization of funds to expand water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and water resources management services in the project area.

The preparation of feasibility document for a new climate-smart investment project in WASH and integrated water resources management, will help mobilize the funds needed to expand water, sanitation, hygiene, and water resources management services in the project areas, strengthen population and sectoral capacities in climate resilience, put systems in place to respond to covid-19 and curb gender-based violence.

The outcomes of the PHEPA-8p project include End of Open Defecation (ODF) status in 57 villages, development of 30 autonomous water stations with solar pumping system, construction of 3,500 family latrines and 100 institutional and public latrine blocks, development of 700 domestic sumps and 40 sump laundries in health centers, provision of 100 hygiene kits to institutions, sensitization of at least 250,000 people on good practices in water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), COVID-19 prevention and gender-based violence.

Additional benefits through the new climate-smart investment project include the construction and management of 29 drinking water supply systems, 10 climate-resilient faecal sludge treatment plants with a view to mobilizing the necessary funding for its full operationalization, strengthened capacities of 300 staff and managers in the water and sanitation sub-sector, results and reports of planned studies.

The project is funded by the African Water Facility (AWF) and the Government of Denmark (GoDk).