The European Commission announced phase two of the ACP-EU Water Facility, setting aside €200 million to help to tackle the water and sanitation problems in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It will launch a call for proposals at the beginning of 2010.
The Water Facility made two tranches of € 250 million each available in 2005 and 2006.
European institutions have doubled their support to the sector since 2002 . There is a changing trend from assisting large water supply and sanitation systems to basic systems (from 22% of the aid in 2007 to 37% in 2009), signalling an increased focus on the most in need of water and sanitation. The average amount spent in the sector by all EU donors is over one billion euro annually.
Source: EUWI, 26 Aug 2009