Home » General » Answer – Funding sanitation facilities – E-006753/2016

As underlined by the Honourable Members, ensuring universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene is an essential core element of global sustainable development and poverty eradication, contributing also to gender equality and woman empowerment. Since 2007, the Commission has engaged more than EUR 2.5 billion on water and sanitation action in 62 countries, including in projects funded through EU regional blending facilities which have also triggered private investments.

The project in Senegal referred to by the Honourable Members is an illustration of the type of successful actions that have been supported. The Commission is committed to continuing engaging in this important area.

The disproportionate impact on women and girls of the lack of sanitation and safe water being one of the negative effects that keeps girls out of school and limits the economic productivity of women is well recognised. Gender equality is one of the main priorities of the Commission in its development cooperation policy and action, including in the water and sanitation sector. It is also promoted in ongoing programmes, where water and sanitation is a focal sector in 13 partner countries (Angola, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Lesotho, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Sao Tome et Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands and Togo) and in a number of regional programmes.

Sanitation facilities will also be financed in the framework of wider interventions in the Republic of the Congo, Republic of Guinea, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, Timor Leste, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.