Mauritania Water and Sanitation Sectoral Project (WB-P167328)

  • Mauritania
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 30, 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.
Ministere de l'Hydraulique et de l'Assainissement, Government of Mauritania
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Water and Sanitation
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 40.00 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)
$ 40.00 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 @ WB website

Updated in EWS Apr 4, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Jan 30, 2019

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is increasing access to water and sanitation services in selected rural areas and small towns, as well as build the
institutional capacities of Mauritania’s water and sanitation sector.

Project activities are broken down into four components:

  1. Sustainable improvement of access to drinking water and sanitation (US $ 22 million). The aim of this component will be to consolidate and build on the results achieved by the Government of Mauritania with support from its development partners in delivering access to safe drinking water and sanitation in the target regions, including Refugee area located in Hodh El Chargui.
  2. Sustainable improvement of access to drinking water and sanitation in the Hodh Echargui (US$ 10 million). Serving targeted refugee communities, the project will contribute to fill a part of gap in terms of water and sanitation access to complete a national program targeting Hodh EChargui Wilaya mainly in localities where
    Refugees and host communities are located (c.f. map above). A similar approach as described in Component 1 will be used.
  3. Project Coordination and Institutional Support and Capacity Building (US $ 8 million). Under this component, the project will support strategic institutional strengthening priorities in the water sector. This component will also ensure (i) strategic and operational planning, fiduciary management (administration and finance, procurement, monitoring, internal audits, etc...) in compliance with the Financing Agreement; (ii) oversight and coordination of project activities.
  4. Contingency Emergency Response Component (US $ 0 million). Should a natural event precipitate a major disaster affecting the livelihoods of people living in the project area, the government may request the World Bank to reallocate project funds to cover some costs of emergency response and recovery. Detailed operational guidelines for implementing the project Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC) will be prepared and approved by the World Bank as a disbursement condition for this subcomponent. All expenditures under the CERC will be in accordance with paragraphs 11, 12, and 13 of Bank Policy: Investment Project Financing. They will be appraised and reviewed to determine if they are acceptable to the World Bank before any disbursement is made. Disbursements will be made against an approved list of goods, works, and services required to support crisis mitigation, response, recovery, and reconstruction
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World Bank:
Mohamed Nanzoul
Senior Infrastructure Specialist

Ministere de l'Hydraulique et de l'Assainissement
Saadou Ebih Mohamed El Hacen MONANE
Chargé de Mission au Cabinet du Ministre

Implementing Agency:
Ministere de l'Hydraulique et de l'Assainissement
Saadou Ebi Mohamed El Hacen MONANE
Chargé de Mission au Cabinet du Ministre 


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