Ethiopia, AfDB Ink $14.1mln Deal Funding Water Devt Project

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and the African Development Bank on Thursday signed a 14.1 million US dollars grant agreement to finance the delivery of water and sanitation services in the Borena area.

The financial deal was signed by state minister of finance Semereta Sewasew and deputy director of AfDB’s East African region Abdul Kamara.

The Deputy Director said the latest partnership shows the bank’s unwavering commitment to supporting the government of Ethiopia.

“This cooperation will improve the quality of life of the people through supporting climate resilient, gender-responsive, and sustainable water supply and sanitation services among pastoral communities in the dryland area of the Borana zone of the Oromia region,” he added.

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund approved a $13.95 million grant to implement the first phase of a livelihood improvement project late on the final day of last month.

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) also contributed €300,000 to the program to strengthen adaptation and resilience, under the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program, a partnership with the AfDB.

The scheme is expected to bolster access to water supplies in Elweya, Dubluk, and Yabel districts, covering 62 rural villages and 12 towns with an estimated population of 308,576 people – half of them women – and 975,750 livestock.