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AfDB approves grant for water supply and sanitation study in South Sudan

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$5.4mn grant for a study on water supply and sanitation development in 11 towns in South Sudan

According to the AfDB, the grant will be used for feasibility studies and designs of water supply and sanitation infrastructure facilities that can be developed in the Fangak, Mbili, Jikou, Leer, Ayod, Gokmachar, Tonj, Mundri, Cueibet, Terekeka and Kapoeta towns.

The study programme is expected to run until September 2015.

The programme would cover aspects of water resources management, knowledge management and capacity building among local institutions for monitoring and evaluating their systems.

AfDB has estimated that two out of three people in south Sudan do not have access to safe and potable water services, and that eight out of 10 people do not have access to adequate sanitation.

“The South Sudan Government has labelled the water supply and sanitation sector as one of its top six expenditure priorities in the region. Once the study has been completed, the government would have opportunities to get investments for these water and sanitation projects. AfDB will support these projects,” the bank said in a statement.