Financing and Implementing Sustainable Water in Freetown

Posted on February 26, 2021
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Residents of Freetown, Sierra Leone are about to get their water supply in part from an innovative new project spearheaded by the first female mayor of the capital, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE.

The collaborative project brings together the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the Freetown City Council (FCC), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Together they launched the Freetown/Blue Peace project in December 2020 to finance and implement a sustainable water project in Sierra Leone’s capital city. The mayor stated that sustainability is key to the project.

“Every single intervention must be sustainable. The Freetown/Blue Peace initiative is going to be revenue-generating. It is not a question of coming in and giving aid, or making a grant, or building something and then walking away. This is a question of building a system with the communities for the management of these assets, and for the optimization of revenue from these assets.”

The project will see the construction of 40 water kiosks, 25 public toilets, provide management and disposal of 60% of solid and liquid waste, contribute to SDG 6: on access to safe water for 75% of the residents and it will generate employment for the youth.

“The Freetown/Blue Peace project will have significant impact on people who live in informal settlements and have no access to water. We will provide lots of water points in 17 informal settlements. We’re targeting those who are most water-constrained. We’ve already identified between 60 and 70 potential water points.”

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE will be joining us at IID on 24 March 2021 for Movement 2: Vibrations in the Present, a plenary discussion.

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