Côte d’Ivoire plans US$900 million spend on sanitation and drainage

In 2021, 56% of the population had access to sanitation services.

By Liz Bains on
25th May 2023

The Côte d’Ivoire government plans to spend CFA francs 550 billion (US$900 million) on sanitation and drainage works up to 2030.  

This represents a major step-up in spending over the previous decade. Between 2013 and 2022, the country spent CFA francs 81.5 billion on sanitation and drainage works in Abidjan and in 20 towns in the interior. 

Work included the construction and rehabilitation of flood-control dams, stormwater and wastewater networks, sludge treatment stations and household connections to wastewater networks.

The investments helped to increase the proportion of the population with access to sanitation services to 56% in 2021, from just 22% in 2011. In urban areas, the rate reached 74%, up from 39% in 2011. In rural areas, 32% of the population now have access to sanitation services, compared with only 8% in 2011.

The figures were shared by Konan Ahou, director of operation and quality monitoring at the National Office for Sanitation and Drainage (ONAD) and published through the official government portal.  

Earlier this year, Côte d’Ivoire signed an agreement with the UAE’s AMEA Power for the construction of a 50MW solar power plant under a build-own-operate-transfer contract. On 24 May, the government said the US$60 million project in Bondoukou would be completed in 15 months' time.

Photo: Litter blocking a drainage system (© Jarmandigital | Dreamstime)

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