Somalia - Improving Access to Water and Sanitation Services in Somalia

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Dec 2016
Signature Date 01 Feb 2017
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 7,589,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Improving Access to Rural Water and Sanitation in Somalia (IAWSRS) project is an autonomous investment and institutional strengthening operation. The project addresses urgent needs for water and sanitation provision in rural and peri-urban areas affected by recurring droughts and waterborne diseases such as acute watery diarrhea and cholera. Indeed, the state of disrepair of water and sanitation infrastructure is a major factor contributing to significant outbreaks of water-borne diseases, particularly diarrhea whose incidence rate in Somalia is 21%. The interventions proposed under this project will therefore improve the quality of life of about 175,000 people and their livestock in rural Somalia. They are articulated around the following two operational components: 1) capacity building and 2) construction / rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation infrastructure for stability and resilience that will create about 1,300 jobs. In addition, the project will promote the use of water for multiple purposes, community mobilization campaigns and awareness of health and hygiene issues will be conducted, practices of nondéfécation in the open, through the community-led total sanitation approach will also be promoted. The total cost of the project is estimated at about UA 8,189 million.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to improve access to water and sanitation services in rural Somalia and to help reduce child and under-five mortality caused by water-related diseases, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).


The project targets 125,000 rural residents and 50,000 nomads and their livestock who will benefit from the treatment of water and watercourses, the construction of sustainable water supply systems, the rehabilitation of strategic systems water supply, the implementation of community-led total sanitation and the promotion of hygiene. Displaced returnees in project areas will also benefit from project interventions. On the other hand, the project will also provide employment opportunities for around 1,300 local citizens, including young people and service providers including consultants, NGOs and entrepreneurs who are indirect beneficiaries. As a result, people in the project area and beyond will benefit from hygiene promotion, women and youth will be at the center of efforts to carry out planned activities in workforce-oriented construction services.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources en Eau


IATI identifier 46002-P-SO-E00-002
Last Update 29 Jan 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Somalia
Coordinates Location Name
9.0 49.0 Puntland
0.0 42.0 Lower Juba
6.0 48.0 Galmudug