Finance Ahmed Shide

Ethiopia, France Sign €15mln Grant Agreement

ADDIS ABEBA – The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted 15mln Euros to Ethiopia to help its government’s effort to increase access to clean water, Hygiene and sanitation [WaSH] services in 23 cities.

The grant agreement has been signed on Monday between Finance Minister Ahmed Shide and the AFD’s country director Valerie Tehio in the presence of Remi Marechaux, Ambassador of France in Ethiopia and to the African Union.

The grant will finance the Second Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Program (UWSSPII), which is conceived to support government’s efforts to fight against open-air defecation, to develop “safely managed” sanitation services and to improve existing water supply services in Addis Ababa and 22 secondary cities.

The program should benefit approximately 3.9 million inhabitants.

“AFD has been supporting WASH sector for many years in Ethiopia, and contributing to strengthen secondary cities’ capacities in order to provide the population with these essential services for a decent and safe life, in particular for women,” AFD’s Country director Tehio said.

“This new financing is a new step towards Ethiopian attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals,” Tehio added.

AFD’s grant will specifically finance direct access to safe sanitation services and improved hygiene practices for Ethiopian citizens in selected urban areas amongst the beneficiary secondary cities, said the Embassy of France in Addis Abeba in a statement sent to The Daily Monitor.

It also said the added value of this grant is to increase the impacts of the program in favor of social inclusion and gender equality in selected secondary cities.

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