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IRS for Lake Victoria WATSAN MWANZA

Eastern Africa
Grant Amount
EUR 10,700,000
Total project cost
EUR 104,500,000
Under disbursement
PFG Lead Financier
PFG co-Financier

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.


Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation (LVWATSAN) project in Tanzania - Video

Clean water, better health : Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Programme - Video

Press release 30 April 2020 - UN-Habitat and EIB strengthen cooperation to impove cities and provide handwashing facilities to prevent COVID-19


Lake Victoria WATSAN Mwanza - Links to video on Social Media: