Gender

MOROCCOACCESSING SAFE WATER

Nearly half a million people living in rural communities and medium-sized cities in Morocco will enjoy improved access to safe drinking water thanks to a water supply investment programme we are supporting.

A €65 million sovereign-backed loan extended by the EBRD to the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) will finance the provision of EU-quality drinking water to approximately 260 towns and rural communities in the Azilal, Ben Guerir and Ouarzazate regions. The loan is backed by €4.6 million in TC funds from Austria, the SEMED Multi-Donor Account and EBRD shareholders through the SEMED cooperation funds account.

As well as contributing to better health, the project features an important economic inclusion component; it will facilitate access to drinking water for people in economically less advanced parts of Morocco. Women and girls in rural villages will benefit in particular. They are typically tasked with water collection, often from distant supply points. Thanks to the improved system of drinking water delivery, they will have more time to engage in economically productive activities or education.

Women and girls in rural villages will benefit

The loan is backed by
€4.6 million

in TC funds