Washington, March 5, 2020 - The World Bank Group’s Board of Directors approved today an International Development Association (IDA) credit of $125 million to support Senegal in strengthening the solid waste management system and improving waste management services in selected municipalities, including Dakar. The total project is expected to amount to $295 million including co-financing from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), as well as additional financing from the Government of Senegal and private sector, among others.
According to Nathan Belete, World Bank Country Director, “Senegal has experienced rapid urbanization which is putting significant strains on municipalities to efficiently deliver basic services. The launch of the National Solid Waste Management Program showed a real commitment from the government to find a sustainable solution to address this challenge.”
The Senegal Municipal Solid Waste Management (SWM) project is aligned with the FY20–24 Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Senegal which was also discussed today by the Board. The project will help increase access to collection and disposal services in areas where services are lacking.
“About six million residents in seven regions of Senegal will benefit from improved waste management services, 5,000 people will receive training and all municipalities will also enjoy stronger regulations and a more efficient mechanism to mobilize resources and partner with private firms in the sector,” said Farouk Mollah Banna, World Bank Task Team Leader.
The project also supports the global initiative to tackle marine litter and will improve collection, transport, recycling, and disposal of waste in coastal cities such as Dakar, Saint Louis, and Mbour, as well as cities along major rivers discharging into the ocean including Ziguinchor.
* The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 76 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change to the 1.6 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 113 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about $21 billion over the last three years, with about 61 percent going to Africa.