World Bank Approves $445 Million to Enhance Water Supply and Sanitation in Ethiopia.
The $445 million credit ($320 million IDA regular and $125 million IDA scale-up facility*) will be used to increase access to enhanced water supply and sanitation services in Addis Ababa and 22 secondary cities. The financing will enable investments in appropriate, cost effective, equitable sanitation solutions, as well as increase efficiency in water supply.
The proposed project aligns with the urban development agenda of the Ethiopia Growth and Transformation Plan II, which regards urban centers as key economic agents, and sees addressing infrastructure gaps as a major priority, alongside job creation and housing. It specifically calls for the expansion of sustainable potable water supply and improving urban sanitation.
“Providing access to safe and reliable water, improved sanitation and hygiene are key to improving the well-being and productivity of citizens. Poor water and sanitation is detrimental to the development of people, and is a major cause of stunting in children,”said Wambui Gichuri, Practice Manager, Water Global Practice at the World Bank.