Due to its geographic and climatic characteristics, access to water in Mauritania is a major and permanent challenge. Moreover, rapid urbanization in Mauritania puts additional pressure on the water and sanitation sector.
Reducing vulnerability through access to water
This project aims to improve Mauritania’s population’s access to drinking water and sanitation, directly contributing to the fight against poverty and the reduction of inequalities. This, in turn, will help reduce overall vulnerability to crises in the project intervention areas.
Launched on October 30, 2019 in Néma in Mauritania, the project is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) with a budget of 12 million Euros and is part of the Sahel Alliance’s Priority Investment Program (PIP) and the G5 Sahel’s Emergency Development Program (PDU) – the latter being an initiative called to life by the governments of the G5 Sahel countries in order to accelerate the launching of quick-impact projects targeting destabilized border regions of the G5 countries.
The aim of this project is to provide 60,000 people with access to drinking water in about 74 localities in the two wilayas (42 in Hodh El Chargui and 32 in Hodh El Gharbi), to build 157 public latrine blocks in schools and health centres, and to carry out hygiene awareness activities for the benefit of about 170.000 people. Emergency construction works will be carried out in 14 localities to rehabilitate drinking water access structures.
The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Water and Sanitation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and will contribute to Pillar 1 of the PDU: “Fostering living conditions for populations in border regions by improving basic services, particularly access to water and sanitation”.
For more information, please download the Project Factsheet containing more details.
Fields of action
France — Agence Française de Développement (AFD)