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African water and sanitation projects critical to preparedness for COVID-19-like pandemics (By Wambui Gichuri)

Investments in improved water and sanitation infrastructure is a public health priority for countries and communities

By Wambui Gichuri, Acting Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development and Director, Water Development and Sanitation at the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) As the prevalence of COVID-19 accelerates across Africa, over 40% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to clean water and are unable to…

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Road to Annual Meetings: South African villagers find fresh water in ancient mountain springs

After undertaking a cost analysis of equipment to supply water from springs to village, community members pooled funds to buy it, and set up their water scheme

The village of Tsakhuma in the Vhembe district of South Africa’s Limpopo region is proof positive that communities can find solutions to their problems. Like many rural areas in South Africa, Tsakhuma lacked access to water for bathing, cooking, washing and chores, and the burden of fetching water fell on…

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African Development Bank Group supports Ghana’s COVID-19 response plan with $69 million grant

The funds will help to upgrade the capacity of healthcare facilities to isolate, diagnose and care for patients, and provide more test kits, pharmaceuticals, equipment and beds

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on Friday approved a $69 million grant to support Ghana’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its socio-economic impact on the nation. The grant from the ADF, the concessional arm of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), will provide…

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Niger: The African Development Bank enhances food security for nine million people (report)

The project entailed establishment of various types of infrastructure

The Water Mobilisation Project to Enhance Food Security in Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder Regions (PMERSA-MTZ) (https://bit.ly/32iTzQs), implemented between 2011 and 2018 in Niger, has sustainably increased agricultural production and productivity and increased food security for nearly nine million residents of this Sahelian country, according to a report by the African…

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Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development

Wambui joined the African Development Bank Group in 2018 as Director, Water Development and Sanitation

The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) is pleased to announce the appointment of Wambui Gichuri as Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 5 July 2020. Wambui joined the African Development Bank Group in 2018 as Director, Water Development and Sanitation. She currently oversees the Bank’s water sector program…

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In Mozambique, water project boosts yields as farmers grapple with climate extremes

The project provided irrigation kits, constructed boreholes, small dams and water troughs that increased access to water for people and cattle

Felicidade Machava, 60, likes to recount the story about how, one year, she filled a small truck with maize from her harvest.   Machava, is a farmer in Guija district in Mozambique. The country has been experiencing weather volatility in the form of longer and more frequent cyclones and droughts. Extreme…

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“One” WASH program improves well-being of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia

The scheme combines the construction of infrastructure to extend access to water and sanitation to new areas and the revamping of disused equipment such as pumping stations and pipelines

Ethiopia’s ‘One’ model, under which the government runs its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) National Program, (https://bit.ly/2Bif7lh) has steadily improved the well-being of the country’s rural and urban communities, top local officials say. “The ‘One’ here means we have one account, one budget and one report in one consolidated WASH…

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African Development Bank and development partners propel Somalia back from the brink

The Bank’s current portfolio in Somalia totals $298 million, covering operations in agriculture, water and sanitation, transport, social and energy, and multi-sectoral projects

In early 2020, Somalia, with support from the United Kingdom Government and the European Union, settled its arrears to the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), paving the way for the lifting of 30-year old sanctions imposed by the Bank and the resumption of full engagement with the fragile East African country.…

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Somalia: African Development Bank’s intervention helps to curb COVID-19 in vulnerable communities

African Development Bank-financed water supply and sanitation project came in handy as a critical control intervention

With 2.6 million internally displaced persons in Somalia, the outbreak of COVID-19 poses an additional challenge in an already fragile situation, leaving the population highly vulnerable. Thankfully, the African Development Bank-financed (www.AfDB.org) water supply and sanitation project came in handy as a critical control intervention, although COVID-19 was not anticipated…

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African Development Bank approves new five-year strategy for Nigeria amidst COVID-19 concerns

The approval was made on 27 May 2020

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved Nigeria’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2020-2024, which builds on the successes and challenges of the 2013-2019 edition, and incorporates emerging developmental realities and opportunities shaping Nigeria’s political and economic landscape, including in the post-COVID-19 period. The approval was…