With a loan of 60 million dollars from the IDB, it will seek to improve water supply and basic sanitation management in some rural areas of the country.
The Inter-American Development Bank will support a series of pilot projects in rural and peri-urban areas of Colombia to improve drinking water and sanitation services in communities in extreme poverty.
According to data from the National Administrative Department of Statistics (Dane 2005 population census), in rural areas of Colombia the coverage of aqueduct service was 45 percent and in sewerage it was 16.8 percent.
The demonstration projects will seek to generate models to carry out a broader program of water supply and wastewater management in rural areas, which may be supported with a $ 60 million loan from the IDB to the Colombian government and which provides for interventions in rural towns in the departments of Cauca, Nariño, Antioquia, Bolívar, Córdoba and La Guajira.
“We hope to create sustainable models that can be replicated in other areas of high poverty in the country where it is urgent to increase access and improve the quality of service,” said Rafael de la Cruz, IDB representative in Colombia.
Initially, rural areas have been identified in the department of Magdalena for the intervention of schools, which will benefit around 25 rural public schools.
The project will focus mainly on sanitary infrastructure and hygiene education in rural schools, unconventional water and sanitation solutions, technical support for community water systems, and sanitary improvements inside homes in peri-urban areas of the country.
Funding for these pilot projects will come from the AquaFund (a program funded by the IDB, the PepsiCo Foundation, the Swiss Cooperation, the Austrian government), and the Japan Poverty Reduction Fund.
With an estimated cost of 2.1 million dollars, the pilot projects will be executed by the NGO Give to Colombia (G2C), which has resources from the Japanese Embassy in Colombia and the General Electric philanthropic organization, GE Foundation.