The African Water Facility (AWF) has offered a $1.3 million to the Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) to support Uganda’s Kawempe Urban Poor Sanitation Improvement Project (KUPSIP), it was announced late on Tuesday.

The AWF is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) – Uganda’s National Development Organisation – was founded in 1996 and is registered as an indigenous ‘not for profit’ organization.

The Kawempe project is designed to provide affordable and sustainable sanitation services to over 100.000 urban poor living in the Kawempe Municipality, in Kampala, Uganda.

It is understood that by expanding sanitation coverage and reducing environmental pollution, the KUPSIP is expected to help improve the health of slum dwellers and decrease the mortality rate of children under five.

It will also reduce the spread of cholera and diarrhoea diseases, which is 23 percent higher in households where facilities are inadequate and in areas where human waste disposal is improperly managed.

The grant will support the provision of sanitation facilities for households, schools and the public in poor urban areas, delivery of pro-poor sanitation financing for accessing affordable and improved sanitation infrastructure.

Additionally, the grant will also be used for the definition of a sustainable fecal sludge management and safe reuse strategy while promoting collaboration with the private sector to identify and market affordable and consumer-friendly sanitation technologies.

The AWF grant will cover 74 percent of the total project cost, while CIDI and collaborating partners will meet the balance of 26 percent in form of financial and in-kind contributions.

The project will be executed by CIDI in partnership with Kawempe Municipality of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) and should be completed by the end of 2015.

AWF was established in 2004 as a Special Water Fund to help African countries achieve the objectives of the Africa Water Vision 2025.

It offers grants from €50.000 to €5 million to support projects aligned with its mission and strategy to a wide range of institutions and organizations operating in Africa.


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