Uganda: donors give US$ 94 million for water
Updated - Friday 13 November 2009
Donors have committed over US$ 94 million (€ 63 million) in the next five years for the water, sanitation and environment sectors in Uganda. This was revealed by the Danish ambassador Nathalia Feinberg who was representing the sector's development partners.
Although more than 1 million people now had improved water, Feinburg said that shortage of funding had made it difficult to attain the targeted 77% national coverage. Water minister Maria Mutagamba said that currently water coverage was 65% in rural areas and 66% in urban areas.
Latrine coverage in rural areas, she added, also increased from 62% to 68% which is the highest since 1997. In urban areas, 73% of households have access to toilets, Mutagamba said.
Feinburg and Mutugamba were attending the 2009 joint sector review of the water and environment sector , which took place in Kampala from 14-16 October 2009. This was the first time that representatives from the government, development partners and other stakeholders were taking part in the review.
Germany is replacing Denmark as chair of the Development Partners Group for water and sanitation for FY 2009/2010.
 Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment. Water and Environment Sector Review 2009
Related news: Uganda: water sector loaded with corruption, US$ 32.5 million lost over last 5 years, Source Weekly, 16 Oct 2009
Source: Cyprian Musoke, New Vision / allAfrica.com, 13 Oct 2009
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