Grant for water project in The Gambia approved

16 April 2010

Water infrastructure in The Gambia could see improvements, following a grant approved by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The bank announced yesterday (April 15th) it had approved the African Water Facility grant of almost €1 million (£876,500) for the National Water Sector Reform project in the country.

Many challenges exist when implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), which the project hopes to overcome.

Alongside the challenges is a lack of staff who are qualified to assist the IWRM plans.

Sanitation and water supply at country level should be facilitated by the scheme, which has a total cost of more then €2 million.

Higher demands in these two areas must be met, according to The Gambia's development strategy, the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper II and the vision 2020, the AfDB notes.

Last year the bank approved a grant to finance a development project for the country's livestock and horticulture, which was signed in Banjul.

Category: Water

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