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.
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.
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.
Through its support for post-Ebola reconstruction, the RWSSI Trust Fund has yet again shown its commitment to achieving sustainable development by putting the furthest behind first.
Capacity-building and awareness of the role of water and sanitation in preventing the spread of disease are key to the RWSSI post-Ebola program.
pursues a furthest behind first approach to meeting Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 by favouring actions in the regions where they are needed most.
is a committed partner to government programs in total 33 countries.