MOZAMBIQUE: USAID invests $18 million in a water and sanitation programme

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MOZAMBIQUE: USAID invests $18 million in a water and sanitation programme©Elena Larina/Shutterstock

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting water, sanitation and hygiene services in Mozambique through its new five-year "USAID Transform Wash" programme. Its implementation will require an investment of $18.6 million (about 1.2 billion Mozambican meticals).

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene in Mozambique may well improve over the next five years. On 22 March 2022, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its “USAID Transform Wash” programme in the East African country. The financial institution has entrusted the implementation of the programme to Tetra Tech. The company specialises in engineering and technical consulting services.

The aim is to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene services in underserved communities in the provinces of Zambezia, Nampula and Cabo Delgado in Mozambique, through better governance and responsible behaviour.

An investment of US$18.6 million

Under its terms of reference, Tetra Tech will provide national and local government agencies with technical support to improve their policies and increase the services identified. This support includes training in tariff collection, data management and policies to encourage private sector financing and management.

“By building the capacity of the Mozambican government and the private sector to build and maintain sustainable Wash services, the programme will ensure access to quality water systems. The initiative will also promote healthy hygiene practices through community and civic awareness in Cabo Delgado, Zambezia and Nampula,” says the US Embassy in Mozambique. The latter two provinces, with 39% of the country’s population, are said to have the least basic infrastructure.

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The American company Tetra Tech has a budget of 18.6 million dollars, nearly 1.2 billion Mozambican meticals, to implement the “USAID Transform Wash” programme. It is part of the US government’s global priority initiative “Water for The World”. In addition to securing access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, the Water for The World programme aims to preserve freshwater resources hard hit by drought, as well as promoting cooperation on shared waters.

Inès Magoum

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