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The African Water Facility Approves a Grant to Improve Access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene Services and Build Climate Resilience in Burkina Faso

13 October 2022
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The African Water Facility (AWF) on October 3, 2022, approved a grant of EUR 1,549,710 to improve access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services (WASH), build climate change resilience, and strengthen Covid-19 recovery efforts in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

In 2022, the Facility has approved four projects till date – Lake Chad Basin, Togo, Mali and now Burkina Faso – to improve water and basic sanitation services in countries, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Burkina Faso project will provide an immediate response to the low coverage of water and sanitation services in densely populated peri-urban areas of Ouagadougou, benefitting about 28,774 people, and providing skills enhancement training for 60 employees of the Burkina public water service.

The project will also promote climate-resilient infrastructure and nature-based solutions in the water and sanitation sector, integrating gender mainstreaming and employing a human rights approach into operations. 500,000 people, 50% of whom are women, will be sensitized in the adoption of hygiene and sanitation best practices, hydro-climate risk prevention, adaptation and management practices, including COVID-19 recovery strategies.

African Water Facility Coordinator, Mtchera Chirwa said, “There is an urgent need to respond to climate change realities and COVID-19 impact in African countries. This is the second approval under our partnership with the Nordic Development Fund and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and together, we are working to improve the quality of life for people in the beneficiary countries. We look forward to building more partnerships to support further interventions and provide immediate solutions to vulnerable countries, as we mitigate the effects of climate change and build back better from COVID-19.”

The African Water Facility (AWF) will work with Burkina Faso’s National Water and Sanitation Office (ONEA) to develop a strategic approach for increasing the provision of water and sanitation services to informal settlements, improving water access, and combating the effects of climate change. The support from AWF will also assist in developing an operational strategy for wastewater and sewage treatment and provide five local authorities with strategic sanitation master plans built on City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) practices.

 

About the African Water Facility (AWF)

The African Water Facility (AWF) was established in 2004 under the initiative of the African Minsters’ Council on Water (AMCOW), to mobilise resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa. AWF is hosted and managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB).