Gambia - Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 13 Feb 2012
Signature Date 14 Mar 2012
Planned Completion Date 30 Mar 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Mar 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 4,404,241.67
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project (RWSSP) for The Gambia, developed as a project grant under JAS/ADF XII (Joint Assistance Strategy/African Development Fund XII) and the Government of The Gambia’s PRSP II focus (Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper), will provide rural water supply and sanitation facilities and services to improve community health in the country's five rural regions. It will also facilitate building the capacity of local authority institutions (regional area councils), Village Development Committees (VDCs), reflecting the Government’s commitment to decentralized decision making by focusing implementation at the district level. With its strong community-based approach, the Project will help extend reach to RWSS service provision to the North Bank, Central River, Lower River, Western and South Bank regions. While recent interventions in rural water supply have provided new drinking water facilities, very little work has been done to address the poor sanitation. This project will address both, and will adopt an integrated water and sanitation approach in implementation. The design of water and sanitation facilities is aimed at providing a satisfactory service using the most appropriate technology to achieve the project's objectives at minimum capital, operation and maintenance costs, energy consumption, imported materials and highly skilled expertise requirements. The designs also conform to the Gambian national design standards regarding such factors as minimum ground water yields, minimum and maximum pressures, safe disposal of human faecal matter well as for various categories of consumers and users.

Project Objectives

The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative Project for The Gambia (RWSSP) covers the five rural regions of the country. The aim of the project is to improve access to safe drinking water supply sanitation in the rural areas from the current level of about 70% to 72% for water supply and from 40% to 44% for sanitation. The project’s main outputs include: (i) new multi-village solar powered water supply systems ; (ii) rehabilitation and up-grade of simple water systems into multi-village solar powered systems ; (iii) improved sanitation facilities for schools, rural health centers and public places ; (iv) institutional strengthening for government departments on the project ; (iv) community education in sanitation and personal hygiene. The RWSSP will be implemented over a four-year period, from 2012-2015, and will contribute to serving an additional 65,000 people in rural Gambia.


The project will serve an estimated population of 65,000 people in 22 villages, which are currently poorly served. The project will provide 500 job opportunities to unskilled laborers and artisans in the communities, and capacity building for about 150 community volunteers on toilet construction. During the construction period, women will benefit from opportunities to develop little trading businesses.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Rural Water Supply & Sanitation
Government Of Gambia
Department of State for Fisheries Office of the President, Banjul


IATI identifier 46002-P-GM-E00-003
Other IATI identifier CA-3-M012945001
Last Update 02 Mar 2021


Contact Details

Name CISSE Bocar

Geographic Location

Country Gambia
Coordinates Location Name
13.25 -16.3333 Western Division
13.6909 -14.8788 Wassu
13.3333 -14.1667 Upper River Division
13.4 -16.3333 Upper Niumi District
13.5053 -16.1744 Tambana
13.5833 -15.9833 Talen Wollof
13.5 -14.8833 Taifa Seekou
13.6333 -14.5833 Tabanani
13.3833 -13.85 Sun Kunda
13.2333 -15.8167 Sintet