• Zambia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Sep 15, 2019
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
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  • Water and Sanitation
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 113.16 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 113.16 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Jan 31, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Jan 31, 2019

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Project Description
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Component A: Water Resources Management: The objective of this component is to enhance capacity at the national and regional level to address the challenges of water resources management in Zambia. The component will provide support to: (a) construction, rehabilitation and upgrading of hydro-meteorological and groundwater monitoring networks; (b) review and upgrading of operating procedures and processes to enhance the capacity of hydro-meteorological and groundwater information management systems and functions; (c) enhancing institutional partnerships and collaborations; (d) review, upgrading and implementation of the national hydrological and hydrogeological information management systems, including the integration of spatial and remotely sensed data; (e) development of flood forecasting and early warning systems; (f) preparation of consolidated catchment and basin-level water resources development plans and carrying out associated strategic water assessments, including groundwater; and (g) implementation of arrangements and measures for water resource allocation, licensing, revenue and compliance monitoring and management. These activities will be supported through the provision of:

  1. consultants services and technical assistance;
  2. goods and equipment, including hydro-climatic and water quality equipment, bulk meters, computers, vehicles and office equipment;
  3. works to establish hydrometeorological stations; and,
  4. carrying out of training and capacity building activities to the sector. Component B: Water Resources Development The objective of this component is to address the infrastructure deficit through support to: (a) development and rehabilitation of small scale water resources infrastructure, such as small dams, weirs, gabions, and other small civil works intended to retain water, reduce erosion, enhance recharge and ensure productive application; (b) updating and climate screening the 1995 Dam Development Master Plan to identify a series of priority investments for further preparation; (c) preparation of studies in support of a proposed pipeline of future medium and large scale water resource investments; (d) supporting environmental and social assessments for future potential water resource investments; (e) carrying out community mobilization and sensitization; (f) development and implementation of a national dam safety monitoring program; and (g) development and implementation of a national managed groundwater development program. This will be supported through the provision of:
    1. consulting services and technical assistance for the planning for water resources infrastructure, along with the preparation of environmental and social safeguards instruments;
    2. works required for construction of infrastructure;
    3. goods needed to support implementation and,
  5. operating expenses associated with workshops, training, community mobilization and capacity enhancement initiatives. Component C: Institutional Support The objective of this component is to strengthen the institutional capacity for water resources management and development, including both surface and ground water. The component will provide support to: (a) support for the set-up of institutions established under the Water Resources Management Act and implementation of their functions; (b) development of rules, plans, strategies and carrying out of studies, as needed, for the implementation of the Water Resources Management Act to ensure the sustainable and equitable development of water resources (c) building capacity for negotiations, conflict resolution, monitoring and compliance with international water instruments; (d) enhancing inter-agency coordination; and (e) financing of costs associated with project management, coordination and oversight. These activities will be supported through the provision of:
    1. consultants services and technical assistance;
    2. goods and equipment, including computers, vehicles and office equipment;
    3. training and capacity building activities; and,
    4. incremental operating costs to support the National Water Management


The Project Beneficiaries are targeted rural communities who will benefit from improved small scale water resources infrastructure. Benefits will also accrue in key river basins to water users and improvements aggregated as the national level through allocation of water and rights. Construction/rehabilitation of some 100 small dams is estimated to have 1,000,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries over the next decade. It is estimated that direct investments in rehabilitation and multi-purpose upgrading of a dam affects some 10,000 beneficiaries.

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CHINOKORO Herbert Mugwagwa

*Further contact information not provided at the time of disclosure*


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