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Monday, 26 August 2013

UK: Inefficient EU water projects in sub-Saharan Africa?

At the end of July, the United Kingdom House of Lords sent a letter to the European Commission to express its members’ concern over the lack of political interest for solving the water, sanitation and hygiene situation in sub-Saharan Africa, the British newspaper The Guardian informs.
This comes after a report released in October last year by the European court of auditors (ECA) found considerable flaws in the delivery of EU aid to the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. Among others, it showed that fewer than half of the funded projects met the needs of beneficiaries, and that the majority were not sustainable in the medium or long term.
Directly referring to the report’s results, the letter of the House of Lords concludes that “cumulative EU funding to this sector globally exceeded €1bn from 2007-13, but in sub-Saharan Africa it has not demonstrated value for money."
In the letter, the European Commission is also urged to engage with local communities, through partnerships with NGOs, rather that continuing to favor large organizations.
In response to the House of Lords’ appeal, the European Commission admitted that there is room for improvement, and informed that it will revise its internal and external monitoring system to better track the efficiency of its work in the field.

Source: The Guardian