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European Commission and UNICEF : a convention to improve water access

© Unicef Burkina Faso/2007/Nduita J.J.
A warm handshake between Unicef Representative, Mrs Joan French and Mrs Sari Suomalainen, Chief of Delegation of the European Commission in Burkina Faso

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The European commission and UNICEF sign a convention of subsidy to improve access to water of 75000 people

Ouagadougou, July 25 (European Commission -UNICEF) - the European commission in Burkina Faso and UNICEF sign on July 25 in Ouagadougou a convention of subsidy of about 1.773.426 Euros, that is to say approximately a little more than one billion CFA. Convention will make it possible to improve access to water and sanitation for 75.000 people including the pupils of 80 elementary schools and the boarders of 20 health centres of the provinces of Ganzourgou and Gnagnan.

The subsidy of the European Commission, which covers 70% on the 2.533466 Euros representing the overall costs of the project, will contribute to reduce the rates of the deficit of the interventions areas respectively from 32% to 21% for drinking water and 99% to 96% for sanitation.

The 250 villages targeted by the project do not have sources of drinking water nor sanitation infrastructures. The populations are prey to diseases due to bad water quality, malnutrition and poverty. In the provinces of Ganzourgou as in Gnagnan, the rate of prevalence of the malnutrition of the children is higher than the national average.

The national inventory of hydraulic works estimates at 32% the proportion of the population of these two provinces which are located at more than 500m from drinking water sources while only 1% of the rural households have latrines.

The inadequacy between access to drinking water and sanitation constitutes, by its induced effects, a factor of accentuation of poverty. The question of drinking water supply and sanitation are thus a recurring and worrying subject in developing countries. To provide drinking water, to improve the natural resources management and to ensure their protection constitute indispensable conditions for poverty reduction and a sustainable development in developing countries.

Louis Michel, European Commissioner in charge of the development and humanitarian aid, recently declared : “In 2005, we contracted engagements without precedent to increase our assistance, to improve the coordination and the effectiveness and to set up a strategy of European Union for Africa. The time has just come to keep our promises; the acts are more eloquent than all the speeches. By ensuring access to water, we bring the life to million people in the ACP countries.”

In her speech, during the ceremony, Mrs. Joan French, UNICEF Representative in Burkina Faso notes that: “the intervention of the EU once more conveys all the potential of collaboration between UNICEF and European Union as well as its engagement to reinforce the capacity of Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries to improve populations’ response as regards water and sanitation”.


This project concretely points up again the engagement of the European Commission and UNICEF to accompany Burkina Faso towards the reach of the Millennium Development Goals.


For more information :

Matthieu Badolo, European commission
Delegation-burkina-faso@ec.europa.eu

Web site of the Delegation of the European Commission in Burkina Faso:
http://www.delbfa.ec.europa.eu


Soungalo Togola

UNICEF Burkina Faso
stogola@unicef.org


Context:
Facility ACP-EU for water is a financial instrument of the partnership between European Union and the African, Caribbean Pacific countries for Water. The first call for offer launched in 2004, contributed to the improvement of water management and governance, the installation and the rehabilitation of infrastructures for water supply and/or its sanitation and to encourage the initiatives of the civil society.
Endowed with 500 million euros (approximately 328 billion fcfa), the Facility made it possible to finance for Burkina Faso 8 projects (including 2 multi-country projects), for a total amount of 12.725 716 euros (of which 9.404.044 euros represent EC contribution)

 

 
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