Egypt: AfDB funds sanitation infrastructure for rural communities
The African Development Bank Group will loan Egypt $129,8 million (€109 million) to improve sanitation infrastructure and services to rural communities in Luxor Governorate in Egypt’s Upper Nile region.
The financing consists of a $128,6 million (€108 million) loan from the Bank and a grant of $1,19 million (€1 million) from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) – an Africa-wide initiative hosted by the AfDB.
The funding will help meet the Egyptian government’s financing requirements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also support a sound water and sanitation infrastructure base – a key enabler for the country’s inclusive development. The Integrated Rural Sanitation in Upper Egypt-Luxor (IRSUE-Luxor) project should boost sewage coverage in the region from 6% to 55%, improving the quality of life of citizens, including women and children, who are most affected by poor sanitation.
Rania Al-Mashat, Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation: “Promoting efficient, equitable and sustainable economic development through integrated water resources management is a priority for the Government of Egypt. The IRSUE-Luxor initiative unlocks the socio-economic development potential for inclusive and green growth.”
About 22,000 households (240,000 inhabitants) will benefit from on-site and off-site facilities, through an integrated system of sewerage networks, sludge treatment and wastewater treatment plants.
IRSUE-Luxor contributes to the National Rural Sanitation Program established by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, which aims to expand nationwide access to sanitation services from 34% currently to 60% in 2030. The project also complements the national Haya Karima (Decent Life) initiative that aims to help rural communities across Egypt access essential infrastructure services to improve their living conditions and livelihoods.
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