The British company Uptime Global is supporting Uduma in the provision of drinking water services to 2.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. The subsidiary of the French group Odial Solutions will benefit from subsidies until 2025.
A new partnership will improve the supply of drinking water to 2.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa over the next three years. These are the subscribers of Uduma. Under the agreement, the subsidiary of the French group Odial Solutions, which specialises in providing services in remote areas in developing countries, will receive grants to strengthen its activities.
“This collaboration is already supporting Uduma in running its drinking water service for nearly 140,000 Malians and more than 350,000 Burkinabes,” explains Mikael Dupuis, Uduma’s deputy managing director. The company is also present in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Tanzania, where it also operates and maintains water supply facilities.
Universal drinking water coverage by 2030?
Uptime Global subsidises Uduma’s drinking water services with 50% of the revenue collected and $0.50 per m3 delivered, or $50 per water point in the case of a lump sum payment and if the service has demonstrated a continuity of operation of more than 96%. “Uptime Global’s subsidies are particularly virtuous. Because they reinforce and perpetuate services that can, with a little help, move towards this much sought-after viability,” adds Mikael Dupuis.
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To date, 1.5 million Uduma subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa benefit from a continuous drinking water service thanks to subsidies from Uptime Global, created at the beginning of 2022 and headed by Duncan McNicholl. In partnership with service providers, donors, bilateral agencies and Oxford University, the UK company aims to scale up its funding model to bring rural water services to 100 million people by 2030. This category of the population is the most affected by the water crisis, which is expected to worsen according to recent forecasts by the World Bank.