Millions of people around the world have now access to water thanks to the EU

September 2, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-09-02


The EU has actively contributed that nearly 9 out of 10 people have access to drinking water. Over the eight past years, more than 70 million people in developing countries gain access to drinking water through the European Union financial support.
To achieve that, the EU has allocated a total of almost 2 billion euro to the water and sanitation sectors in 62 countries over the last five years, from 2008 to 2013.
One of the EU instruments to support water and sanitation is the EU’s Water Facility, with a budget of 212 million euro from 2010 to 2015.


The EU’s support to water and sanitation is channeled through different instruments, one of the EU instruments is the EU’s Water Facility, with a budget of 212 million euro from 2010 to 2015.

Focusing on the most vulnerable people in rural and peri-urban areas. During this period, 105 additional projects are planned in 35 countries to supply drinking water to 7.7 million people.

Otherwise, 2.5 billion people are still without adequate sanitation, one of the goals of the eight Millennium Development in which results are insufficient. At the current rate of progress, 67% will have adequate sanitation by 2015, which is below the goal of 75%.
In 2010, the EU, aware of the challenge, stated that it is going to roll out a 1 billion euro under the Millennium Development Goals initiative to help achieve the goals more rapidly. Indeed, 267 million euro have been allocated to water and sanitation projects in 19 ACP countries.

In Togo for instance, the EU is providing access to water and sanitation to neglected sectors of the population. In the martime region in the south of that country, only 13% of the population has access to drinking water. Therefore, The EU has been allocated a total budget of 16.7 million euro under the European Union’s MDG to the water and sanitation sector in the country’s Maritime region.

In Djibouti that suffers from an acute water shortage and has recently endured a prolonged drought, a new project had been announced by Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, aims to build a desalination plant which will use renewable energy to provide water to 200,000 inhabitants in the capital city of Djibouti. This project is set up by the new EU-funded project PEPER (Producing Safe Drinking Water with Renewable Energy). 

In Latin America, in particular in Bolivia, The Water and Sanitation programme was set up to improve the living conditions of the population in peri-urban areas, the EU support of 28.5 million euro helped to promote the sustainable management of water resources, to increase access to the sustainable water supply and sanitation for the population and to apply new technologies in order to have an efficient use of water.

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