The African Development Bank has approved a US$ 62million loan to fund Uganda’s Strategic Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project (STWSSP). This project was created to enable the government to achieve sustainable provision of safe water and sanitation for the population by 2030. This will help boost health and productivity in the targeted towns and will be implemented in 10 towns spread across the country over a five-year period.

The STWSSP will provide solutions to these issues through its three main components: (i) Urban Water Supply for the development of water supply systems for the selected towns/districts; and support regional water and sanitation authorities for effective utility management

(ii)) Improved Urban Sanitation and Environmental Management for the development of three regional faecal sludge treatment facilities supported by six desludging units; construction of 40 gender-segregated and disabled-friendly public sanitation facilities; and feasibility designs for climate change resilience

(iii) Sector Program Support for the regulatory framework and update of tariff policy; preparation of a framework for implementation of bulk water supply; and strengthening sector co-ordination and monitoring systems

The primary beneficiaries of this project are residents of Kyenjojo-Katooke (Kyenjojo District), Nakasongola (Nakasongola District), Kayunga-Busana (Kayunga District), Kamuli (Kamuli District), Kapchworwa (Kapchorwa District), Dokolo (Dokolo District), Bundibugyo (Bundibugyo District) and Buikwe (Buikwe District).

This project will provide access to water and sanitation to about 390,000 people by 2023. Also, about 150 people will be trained in appropriate urban sanitation (masonry/mechanic artisans/waste management), focusing on at least 20% women. Sanitation and hygiene sensitization will be held in 30 communities (targeting at least 50 % women participation) and support skills development for economic empowerment of 200 youth and women.

The STWSSP is estimated to cost US$ 69.34 million, of which African Development Fund (ADF), will provide US$ 62.33 million, and US$ 6.94 million counterpart contribution from the Government of Uganda.