Two financing agreements have been signed between the Government of Uganda and the Agence Française de Développement – AFD to support access to water and sanitation in the Greater Kampala and in South Western Uganda.
These two projects will be implemented by National Water and Sewerage Corporation and are in line with Uganda Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan (NDP).
Indeed, a first concessional and IMF compliant loan of 150 million euros will be dedicated to increasing the volume of clean water as well as the network needed to meet the demand of the growing population of the Greater Kampala.
The second concessional and IMF compliant loan of 120 million euros will focus on upgrading the water and sanitation infrastructures of Masaka and Mbarara towns but also prepare for a new source of water in the transboundary river of Kagera enabling to plan to supply rural districts like Isingiro district.
The preparation of such projects reflects the consistency of commitments from both France and Uganda with a positive impact on social inclusiveness and climate change, symbolized by AFD’s slogan “a world in common”.
The French Ambassador, H.E. STÉPHANIE RIVOAL said the target of 100% access for all depends on human and financial resources allocated for the implementation and effective management of required infrastructure.
“Therefore, there is a great need to ensure that the resources required to achieve these objectives are secured and efficiently utilized. Because girls and women are often the ones fetching the water, access to clean water will enable these girls to go to school and these women to invest in small businesses.
“France has defined water and the environment as a major priority and has steadily increased its financing to the sector all over the world over the years reaching 1Bn Euros in 2017, mostly through the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) with a special focus on sub Saharan Africa which concentrates half of its financing,” said Rivoal.
In Uganda, AFD has reached 1 billion euros of commitments over the last 20 years, more than half of this during the past two years. All projects support a more resilient and more inclusive development with a focus on:
- infrastructure including water, sanitation, energy and urban development, including urban transport;
- preserving the environment and enhance adaptation to climate change;
- supporting job creation, access to finance as well as social and environmental good practices in the private sector.
AFD – Agence Française de Développement – is a public financial institution whose mission is to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development.
Historical commitments of 11 billion Euros have been achieved in 2018 – among which 5.5 billion Euros have direct impact on climate change; and AFD intends to reach 14 billion Euros yearly commitments by 2022 to reach the French Government engagements along the COP 21 Paris Climate Change Agreement and along the path towards a green and inclusive economy.