World Bank approves US$ 130 million loan for Lusaka sanitation project

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World bank building in Washington
World bank building in Washington

THE World Bank Group has approved a US$130 million loan for Lusaka sanitation and Girls’ Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood projects.

World Bank country director Kundhavi Kadiresan said the board of executive directors approved a loan of US$65 million for the implementation of the Girls’ Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood project.

The project is designed to support the Zambian government access to livelihood support for women and access to secondary education for disadvantaged adolescent girls.

The main beneficiaries of the project will be about 75,000 women aged 19 to 64 years old who are fit for work, and about 14,000 adolescent girls aged 14 to 18 years old living in extremely poor households in rural areas.

“Through this support, the World Bank is keen to see more adolescent girls completing their secondary education and more rural women engaging in economically productive activities as these are critical steps to reducing rural poverty in Zambia,” Dr Kadiresan said.

In a statement issued from Washington DC, the bank said the project has two components targeting the main beneficiaries while simultaneously building capacity of departments in the Ministries of
Education, and Community Development, Mother and Child Health to implement the project.

The first component totaling US$36 million will support women’s livelihoods with a package of activities that includes access to grants to improve productivity and create savings and loan clubs,training, mentoring and peer support.

Community Development, Mother and Child Health Minister Emerine Kabashi said, would be women beneficiaries have different needs and the funds would help improve their livelihood.

“The beneficiary women have varying needs so the provision of grants rather than pre-determined goods will give them the flexibility to decide how to allocate these resources according to their unique circumstances, which may encourage more productive investments,” Ms Kabashi said.

The bank also approved a loan of US$65 million for the implementation of the Lusaka Sanitation project.

The World Bank will support sewage collection, on-site sanitation, and institutional strengthening of the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) which will implement the project.

“Development of good sanitation systems and coverage is essential for Zambia in order to improve the quality of life in line with the country’s aspiration to be a middle-income country by 2030,” Dr
Kadiresan said.

She said the bank would therefore support Zambia with innovate sanitation technologies to benefit poor household in Lusaka.

The project will use US$38 million for sewerage improvements, specifically to upgrade and expand sewerage systems in the Ngwerere and Manchinchi sewer sheds.

Sewer networks will be expanded in Emmasdale, Chaisa, Chawama, Kuomboka and Garden neighbourhoods and Kafue Road.

The Ngwerere Western Interceptor and Ngwerere Downstream Collector will be upgraded, while the Ngwerere Sewerage Ponds will be extended.

Lusaka has a number of peri-urban areas that are not likely not to have sewerage in the medium- to long-term due to technical and financial considerations.

The project will therefore spend US$14 million on on-site sanitation facilities, faecal sludge management infrastructure and service providers, construction of decentralized wastewater management systems, and sanitation and hygiene promotion.

About 180,000 people are expected to benefit from on-site sanitation facilities.

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    • tucili tule kongola pakuti HH akabweshe immediately he gets into state house. the guy will die of headache because this economy will never improve; it will be at the epitome of a shrink just like what has happened in nigeria; handing over a tattered economy.

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  1. Its like this PF government is contracting a loan every month! One wonders how many loans will be contracted by October 2016! Do these people think about how they will repay back these carelessly contracted loans! They don’t seem to care because by then they will have long gone (six feet down).

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  2. Zambia shall be sold, if not alredy. Everyday its borrowing, proper failures ninshi kanshi bangwele imwee? mwachilamo ba s.t.u.p.i.d.

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  3. 1. I have seen (for over 20 years now) uncountable NGOs pour money into “women empowerment projects” in both rural and urban zambia. I have seen woman form all sorts and kinds of clubs for the same “empowerment”: tailoring, savings, loans, etc. They have all disappeared after the capital has been consumed and each woman has gone back to her square one as before, poverty has not been reduced in the lives of those women. They call it “donor money”, niku dyelapo!
    Observation: loans to woman do not genuinely empower women. Whatever place this new loan will be given, remember that there have been clubs there before.

    2. That loan for Sanitation in Lusaka, is it Govt getting on behalf of Lusaka and Govt will pay back? If so, for sake of equity, is Govt going to get similar loans for…

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  4. If this loan is actually used for the right things as reported its not a bad loan. Women and girl child education is an area where any investment will in the long run benefit our community. This is a good loan.. and it will be paid back 10 times.

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  5. Champagne for all PF members especially Kambwili! Poor Zambia. This money is going in the pockets of their families, concubines, kids private schools, houses in South Africa, Mercedes Benz you mane it!

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  6. Whatever govt was in power, be rest assured it is gone. This govt has gone full circus now. I will say this now, the culture the PF have brought of borrowing with no results will have to come to a halt and when it does a lot of things will stop with it.

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