June 24

Rwanda to Benefit From $62 Billion Fund to Address Water Challenges in African Cities

By Michel Nkurunziza

Rwanda is set to benefit from the African Cities Water Adaptation (ACWA) Fund that is set to mobilise $62 billion so as to address water issues and build climate resilience as a way of ensuring sustainable urbanisation in African cities.

The revelation was made by Merard Mpabwanamaguru, the Vice Mayor of the City of Kigali in charge of Urbanisation and Infrastructure during CHOGM’s side event on sustainable urbanisation on June 21.

The six African cities to initially benefit from the fund include Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Dire Dawa in Ethiopia, Kigali in Rwanda , Musanze in Rwanda, Johannesburg in South Africa as well as Gqeberha, South Africa.

The funds will be accessed through an urban water resilience project designed by Water Resources Institute, he said.

Building water resilience, experts say, is key in addressing the local water challenges and ensuring safe, secure, affordable, reliable and inclusive water and sanitation services for all.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Strohm.

Source: The New Times (link opens in a new window)

Environment, WASH
infrastructure, urban development