Tanzania: ADF Provides $125 Million Loan for Water and Sanitation in Dodoma
The African Development Fund (ADF) is committing $125.3 million for the first phase of the resilient and sustainable water and sanitation program in Dodoma, Tanzania. The program will benefit four cities.
The $125.3 million loan from the African Development Fund (ADF) is a major part of the financing needed to implement the first phase of the $132.9 million Dodoma Resilient and Sustainable Water Development and Sanitation Program in Tanzania. The Board of Directors of the ADF, the concessional lending window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, approved the financing on March 16, 2022. The Tanzanian government will provide the remaining $7.6 million.
The funds provided by the ADF will be used to build a dam near Dodoma, as well as a drinking water plant with the possibility of creating over 640 local jobs. The resource from the future plant will be distributed to two million people in this city until 2051, as well as in the towns of Bahi, Chemba and Chamwino, which also face water shortages.
Work to begin before the end of March 2022
This component of the program will also support the development of sanitation and hygiene services for approximately 1.5 million people (52% of whom are women). Work on the Dodoma Resilient and Sustainable Water Development and Sanitation Program will begin before the end of March 2022.
The Tanzanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation is implementing the program, which is part of Tanzania’s Vision 2025, in which the government commits to, among other things, increasing drinking water coverage to 93 percent and access to improved sanitation facilities to 95 percent by 2025. Dodoma’s resilient and sustainable water development and sanitation program will thus contribute to the achievement of the national goal and the United Nations Agenda Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which aims for universal and equitable access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation by 2030.