RWSSIRural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (Tunisia)
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"The RWSSI Trust Fund responds to the need to build resilience in the affected-countries through sustainable improvement of water and sanitation for the most vulnerable segments of population," said Mohamed El Azizi, Director of the AfDB Water and Sanitation Department.
These funds are in addition to a $20 million contribution to the RWSSI from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, announced in November 2011.
This was followed by the adoption of the RWSSI and AWF Declaration whereby some 300 participants, including African water and finance ministers, development partners and civil society representatives, reconfirmed their overall commitment to mobilise the required resources and make all necessary efforts to improve water resources management as well as to achieve the Millennium Development Goal targets for water supply and sanitation on the continent.
In some of these countries RWSSI operations have been highly successful and as such other operations have been launched (Mali I and Mali II, Niger I and Niger II...).
In the past eight years, more than eight RWSSI operations have been funded by the Bank in the Sahel, mainly in Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Senegal and Chad in order to provide increased access to drinking water and sanitation services to improve the livelihood of the populations.
RWSSI is at present developing a new strategy that would enable it to provide a focused and targeted response to the challenges of rural water and sanitation on the continent.
RWSSI funds water sector projects and studies; the AWF, for which the Bank is a trustee, provides support to the New Partnership for Africas Development Water and Sanitation Program; and the Multi-Donor Water Partnership Program promotes effective regional and national water management policies and practices, and operationalizes the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Policy in the Banks regional member countries (RMCs).
RWSSI has a furthest behind first strategy on the premise that every euro spent to improve sanitation in the poorest areas will have the biggest impact in terms of return on investment and improved quality of life, explained Mohamed El Azizi, Director of the Water and Sanitation Department at the AfDB.In addition to capacity-building, a total of 15,000 household sanitation blocks and 115 communal latrines in market places and stations have been built under the RWSSI program in Mali.
On October 21, 2015, the Rural Water and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) Trust Fund of the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced a EUR 3-million grant to support the implementation of the National Post Ebola Recovery Strategies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The RWSSI Trust Fund donation responds to the need to build resilience to Ebola in the countries affected by the epidemic through sustainable improvement of water and sanitation for the most vulnerable segments of population.
The project is supported by the African Development Bank, the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI )Trust Fund, the World Bank, UNICEF, the European Union Investment Bank, the European Union, and the Australian Government and aligned with Malawi s National Adaptation Programme of Action.
With the beginning of the third program to improve water and sanitation in the most challenging regions of Senegal, Mansour Faye, Senegalese Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation and current President of AMCOW, the African Ministers' Council on Water, said "the African Development Bank has been by our side from the start and its Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) has played an important role, particularly to leverage aid for 'PEPAM', our rural water and sanitation programs."