Sierra Leone - Three Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Feb 2017
Signature Date 25 May 2017
Planned Completion Date 30 Nov 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jul 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 669,426.54
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Sierra Leone Three Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project (TTWSSP) is the result of a Bank-financed study in 2009, and continued commitment of the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) as well as development partners’ constant support to facilitate water sector reforms. The project was first developed in 2011 when the Bank (AfDB) was approached by the GdSL to join the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries Fund for International Development (OFID) for the funding of the program which is in line with the Country Strategy Paper (CSP 2005-2009, extended until 2012). In 2017, the GdSL requested additional resources from the AfDB Group to further implement the TTWSSP. The expected outputs of the TTWSSP's additional phase are: (a) increased and more equitable access to safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene practices; (b) enhanced performance of SALWACO (Sierra Leone Water Company), and more specifically improved management and operation of water and sanitation facilities in three provincial towns. The total project cost is UA 41.35 million.

Project Objectives

The TTWSSP has two main objectives, namely: (i) improve access to safe water supply services in the towns of Bo, Makeni and Kenema, from the current level of less than 5% to 75% in 2015, through the rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, and sanitation facilities strengthening in schools, health centers and other public places such as markets and car parks, by increasing the current student ratio per sanitation facility in schools from 500 students/sanitation facility to 45 students/sanitation facility; and (ii) enhance institutional capacity, SALWACO overall operational performance and long-term financial sustainability through institutional and organizational reforms as well as capacity building.


The project's main beneficiaries are the populations of the provincial towns in Bo, Kenema and Makeni. In addition, the project should contribute to job creation for youth.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Government Of Sierra Leone
Compagnie des eaux de Sierra Leone (SALWACO)


IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-E00-007
Last Update 29 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name ATIM Janet

Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone
Coordinates Location Name
7.83333 -11.1667 Kenema District
7.98877 -11.6734 Bo District
8.88333 -12.05 Makeni
8.5 -11.5 Sierra Leone