EU Launches Water and Sanitation Project in Somalia

Hannington Katehangwa
April 7, 2017

The European Union has launched a project designed to increase access to water supply and sanitation services in Somalia.

It is part of the five projects launched by the EU in Somalia under the EU Trust Fund RE-INTEG Programme facilitating reintegration of displaced people.

The €33 million allocated to these projects will ensure access to basic services and promote viable livelihoods for 300,000 people in displacement affected communities countrywide, including those affected by the drought.

“This is what the projects we are launching today are all about – strengthening the voice and capabilities of displacement-affected communities in order for them to play an active role in the development of Somalia.” – Veronique Lorenzo, EU Ambassador

The €50 million RE-INTEG Programme is funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa
Responding to urgent reintegration needs with long-term support The five RE-INTEG grant projects that were launched are providing long-term support to the urgent challenge of sustainable and durable integration of returnees and IDPs in Somalia and aims to anchor populations within the country.

The projects will be implemented by five consortia led by Norwegian Refugee Council in Jubaland, Concern Worldwide in South West, UN Habitat in Banadir, CARE in Galmudug and Puntland and World Vision International in Somaliland. RE-INTEG will support reintegration through the following activities, among other things:
Education and vocational training
Health and nutrition
Access to water and hygiene
Shelter and housing
Gender based violence prevention and child protection
Social cohesion and cooperation with local authorities

The €50 million RE-INTEG Programme is funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. This initiative is part of the Regional Development and Protection Programme for the Horn of Africa (RDPP), which is coordinated by the Netherlands. RDPP also invests in durable solutions in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Water Journalists Africa

Legitimately registered in Uganda, Water Journalists Africa was established in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication. Water Journalists Africa has since 2011, partnered with various international and Africa based organizations such as the UN-Water, The Water Channel, Water Integrity Network, 2030 Water Resources Group and UNESCO-IHE among several others to enhance reporting on Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa and promote interaction among African Journalists who report on water. Some 700 journalists from 50 African countries to date are members of this network making it certainly the largest media network on the continent.

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