epa04762376 A general view of the headquarters of the African Development Bank offices in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 22 May 2015. The launch of the joint annual report on Africa's economic performance produced by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the UN Development Programme is to take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 25 May 2015. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

The board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan worth 75 million euros and a donation of one million euros for Tunisia to fund the first phase of a program to modernize the hygienic-sanitary services of small municipalities with less than 10,000 residents, the bank said in a statement. It added that by developing new systems to provide better hygienic services including depuration, the operation vies to help 33 small municipalities across 19 governorates, contributing to the reduction of diseases transmitted through water.

The program is part of the five priorities of the Bank to ”improve living conditions of African populations” through the promotion of welfare, hygiene, the environment and social and economic development for residents of the affected municipalities. The project also vies to reach the objectives set for the 2016-2020 period for Tunisia and, more in general, development targets in the sector by contributing to the sustainability of systems to manage hygienic-sanitary operations through the capacity building of the Office National de l’Assainissement (Onas) and the cities.