The Lake Victoria Watsan Mwanza Project covers the three largest towns of the Tanzanian Lake Victoria shoreline: Mwanza, Bukoba and Musoma, as well as three satellite communities Misungwi, Magu and Lamadi. The initiative is dedicated to improving the water supply, sewerage, wastewater treatment and sanitation of more than half of a million people in these cities. The scope of the Project is ranging from studies, design, tendering, capacity building, budgeting, to supervision of Works and Implantation. A large programme of sanitation for Mwanza’s informal areas is also included in the Project, as are water and hygiene facilities for 250 schools.
Musoma and Bukoba are already benefiting from investment programmes for water supply, and this Project complements these investments with the initiation of centralised wastewater systems.
EIB and AFD are aiming to co-finance the project through a EUR 90 million sovereign loan in the framework of the Mutual Reliance Initiative (MRI) with EIB in the lead. The EU-AITF IRS will be applied to the EIB loan to comply with the IMF concessionality requirement of a grant element of 35% for public lending to the Government of Tanzania. AFD obtained an IRS for this project from its own resources, ensuring equivalent economic and financial viability of the project and meeting the same grant requirement. The first disbursement related to Priority Works and Immediate Investment Plans was made end 2016.