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Water and Sanitation - 2020 Activity Report

The United Nations recognized the human right to access to water and sanitation in 2010, but there is still much progress to be made: over two billion people do not have access to a quality drinking water service at home and more than one person in two does not have adequate sanitation. Besides, population growth and the effects of climate change are putting pressure on water resources: in 2050, over half of the world’s population will face water shortages at least once a year, while the quality of water bodies is under threat everywhere. Water-related disasters will also be an increasing source of humanitarian disasters.

To address these challenges, AFD provides financing to:

  • Provide access to efficient and sustainable services for all
  • Preserve resources in a context of climate change
  • Manage flood risks
  • Support the definition of clear, effective and inclusive sectoral frameworks for a sustainable governance of resources and services.

In 2020, AFD has committed 1 billion euros for the water and sanitation sector.

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