ZAMBIA: Berlin pledges €35m for water and renewable energy

Germany and Zambia are strengthening their relations through new financing agreements totalling 750 million Zambian kwachas, or 35.8 million euros. The grants awarded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are intended to support three development projects in the East African country.

The first agreement concerns the water sector through the Chipata Drinking Water Supply Project in the Eastern Province, which already received €7 million in funding from the German Development Agency (KfW) a few years ago. The project involves modernising and extending the existing water supply and sanitation systems in all the district capitals of Eastern Province and in its provincial capital Chipata.

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The BMZ grant is also earmarked for water resource management and sanitation in medium-sized towns. These initiatives aim to improve access to water in Zambia. In 2018, the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) estimated that the rate of access to drinking water and basic sanitation was 61%. This means 42% in rural areas and 84% in urban areas for water, and 19% in rural areas and 36% in urban areas for sanitation.