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TitleRural water supply and sanitation initiative : framework for implementation : a regional response to Africa's rural drinking water and sanitation crises
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
AuthorsAbidjan, CIAfrican De
Paginationviii, 48 p. + 3 p. annexes : fig., tab.
Date Published2004-01-01 ?
PublisherAfrican Development Bank
Place PublishedAbidjan, Ivory Coast
Keywordsethiopia, financing, ghana, institutional aspects, mali, millennium development goals, policies, rural water supply and sanitation initiative (rwssi) (africa), rwanda, sdiafr, sdipol, sustainability, uganda

Within the framework of the African Development Bank’s strategic plan (2003-2007) and in response to the Africa Water Vision and the UN Millennium Development Goals, the Bank Group conceived in 2002 the RWSS Initiative, with the view to accelerate access to water supply and sanitations services in rural Africa in order to attain 66 % access to water supply and sanitation in the year 2010 and 80 % by 2015. Access to improved water supply and sanitation services is a necessary prerequisite towards eradicating rural poverty and spurring economic and social development. This accelerated access has to be achieved through increased investment. Higher levels of funding from ODA, national governments and beneficiary contributions have to be mobilized. The enabling policy, the institutional environment and the sustainability of the system have to be improved through training and capacity building.
The implementation framework, geared towards resource mobilization and accelerating RWSS investments in Regional Member Countries, includes : funds mobilization; advocacy at the regional and country levels; country assessments and selection; programme preparation and appraisal; supervision and implementation support to RMCs; coordination and building partnerships with stakeholders; and monitoring programmes. The launching phase has started in five countries with strong policy and institutional environments as well as ongoing national RWSS programmes : Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda. The highlights of the country reports are presented in this report. A number of strategic measures necessary to accelerate planning, programming and implementation of investments as well as human resource capacity building activities are proposed.

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