€40M for implementation of a project for water and liquid sanitation in Djibouti

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€40M have been pledged by by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union for a project to improve three water and liquid sanitation in Djibouti. The funding will be made up of loans and grants.

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The EU delegation in Djibouti, AFD, as well as the Djibouti Ministry of Economy and Finance in charge of Industry, inked the financial agreements on October 7, 2022. The funding will aid the Djibouti National Water and Sanitation Office (ONEAD) carry out its water supply and sanitation tasks.

The water supply and sanitation work is also expected to be conducted throughout the country.

The funding of the three water and liquid sanitation projects in Djibouti

A grant of 15 million euros, comprised of 10 million from AFD and 5 million from the EU, will be utilized to build ONEAD’s staffing capacity. It will also improve the operational conditions of its water service.

Two programs will receive the remaining $25 million. 15 million euros will be used to finance the third phase of the Djibouti Sewerage Extension and Rehabilitation Programme (PERRAD III).

A total of 30,000 people will benefit from the extension of the city of Djibouti’s common sewerage network. It is the main objective of this part of the program.

Two additional Djiboutian neighborhoods, have also been given the opportunity to construct new connection boxes thanks to the program. The neighbors include Q5 and Q6. They are also said to be based in high groundwater areas.

With the use of these devices, wastewater can be channeled toward the 3,700 m3/d Douda treatment plant. 

The government’s objective

The government of Djibouti is aiming to develop more eco-sustainable cities. It is also looking to lower river pollution by improving accessibility to liquid sanitation in the country.

For the benefit of more than 20,000 people, Onead will collect effluent from several Balbala Sud neighborhoods. The effluent will be delivered it to its new treatment plant. The remaining €10 million of the €25 million loan will be used in delivery of the effluent.