Gambia - Climate Smart Rural Wash Development Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Sep 2018
Signature Date 21 Dec 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 7,081,190.16
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Gambia Climate Smart Rural Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Development Project (CSRWASHDEP) includes delivery of better waste management services to improve environmental conditions and better protect national water resources in changing climatic conditions, particularly in riverine and coastal communities. The Project is designed to deliver the objectives through an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach. The IWRM approach entails coordinated stakeholder interventions to improve the quality of economic and livelihood-driven interaction with nature’s water cycle (the Hydrological Cycle) in a manner that promotes safe, equitable and sustainable utilization of the water resources; the approach naturally embeds the need to improve sanitation, and to address the potential climate change impacts. Therefore, the Project interventions are premised on the following key building blocks, thus: (i) providing climate resilient WASH infrastructure, including infrastructure for monitoring the occurrence of water resources; (ii) fostering coordination and active participation of all sector specific and sector relevant agencies/stakeholders in addition to building their capacity for IWRM; (iii) improving beneficiary communities’ sanitation & hygiene knowledge, attitudes and practices, as well as enhancing their awareness and adoption of relevant climate change adaptation measures; (iv) promoting beneficiaries’ gainful participation in the delivery of WASH services, including nurturing publicprivate partnerships at the lowest appropriate level; and (vi) introducing livelihood-centred measures to protect and sustain the aquatic environment. The estimated cost is UA 27.47 million (GMD 1.8845 billion). The project will be implemented over a period of approximately 63 months beginning September 2018.

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the National Development Plan- water sector goal of “improved equitable access to safe and affordable water supply and sanitation, good hygiene practices and environmental protection promoted for all”. The specific objectives of the proposed project are to: (i) increase sustainable access to safe water by 17% and access to safely managed sanitation by 2%; (ii) enhance services delivery capacity in the sector; and (iii) improve livelihoods through nurturing safe water and sanitation services related opportunities for women and youth employment.


The project will directly benefit an estimated 200,000 rural and peri-urban Gambians, particularly women and children who are expected to live healthier lives and trek lesser distances to fetch water. An additional 300,000 people will benefit from the interventions in improved solid and liquid waste management in addition to the betterment of the rapidly deteriorating aquatic environment. Other public and private sector institutions, including schools, health units, markets and small & micro-enterprises will also benefit from the project. It is expected that about 500 individuals and SMEs will benefit from aquatic resources management training and household waste reuse/waste-for-cash training. Another 400,000 urban and peri urban residents in Kanifing Municipal and Brikama Area Councils will be indirect beneficiaries of the improved environmental sanitation resulting from the interventions in waste management.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Rural Water Supply & Sanitation
Government Of Gambia
Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters


IATI identifier 46002-P-GM-E00-007
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name CISSE Bocar

Geographic Location

Country Gambia
Coordinates Location Name
13.25 -16.3333 Western Division
13.4 -15.66 Lower River Division
13.5 -16 North Bank Division
13.5833 -14.9167 Central River Division
13.3333 -14.1667 Upper River Division