AfDB approves $91mn loan to improve water supply in Uganda

04 Feb 2016, 12:00 am
Chibuike Oguh


AfDB approved the loan to support Uganda’s Water Supply and Sanitation Programme.

AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank has approved a $91 million loan for Uganda to improve the provision of clean water and sanitation in the East-African country.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, AfDB said it approved the loan to support Uganda’s Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (WSSP), which targets 1.43 million people and contributes to the country’s 2040 vision of having “a transformed society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years.”

The WSSP will result in the reduction of the average walking distance to the nearest water point and reduction in the time spent fetching water at congested water points, the statement said.

Mohamed El-Azizi, AfDB’s Water and Sanitation Director, said, “Implementation of this project will help improve health and productivity of Ugandan populations and have positive social and gender payoffs, as well as more conducive work environment in the towns and rural growth centres.”

AfDB’s involvement in Uganda’s water sector dates back to 1968. The bank has been a partner of choice in the development of Uganda’s water sector, with steady investments and implementation.