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Guinea approves US $40M for water and sanitation projects

A sum of US $40M has been approved by the National Transitional Council (CNT) in Guinea to to finance drinking water and sanitation projects in the country.

The funds to be received from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will be utilized for drinking water and sanitation projects in Middle and Upper Guinea, focusing mainly on rural areas. It will support the construction of 90 drinking water supply systems and each system will include a borehole, a solar or hybrid pumping station, a water tower, and a pipe network to serve between 1,000 and 2,000 inhabitants.

Impact

Additionally, 500 human-powered pumps will be constructed, and 750 existing water points will be rehabilitated. The project will also involve the construction of 1,400 public latrines. The project aims to benefit a significant portion of the population, with 915,000 people expected to benefit from improved access to drinking water and sanitation. Notably, 50% of the beneficiaries are expected to be women.

The initiative is expected to have a positive impact on reducing poverty in Middle and Upper Guinea and surrounding regions. Despite Guinea’s significant water resources, the current rate of access to drinking water and sanitation is low, with only 31% having access to drinking water and even lower access rates in rural areas.

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