KHARTOUM, NOVEMBER 3 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) met yesterday to officially sign a contract agreement for a newly funded 800,000 Euro Project aiming to enhance the “Provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services to Vulnerable Communities in East Sudan – Kassala State.”
The one year Project aims to address the severe need for water services and waste management in Kassala State, East Sudan. The continued underdevelopment of the overall Eastern Sudan region has contributed to the scarcity of water resources and limited infrastructure, conditions that have not only severely affected the livelihoods of the communities in the area, but have placed further pressure on the already scarce resources available to the communities. Therefore, the overall objective of the proposed intervention is to provide sustainable access to water infrastructures and waste collection management systems in Kassala Town and Khashm El Girba Town, accompanied with tailored assistance in state-level and community capacity building to strengthen future management of said objectives and enhance the project’s sustainability.
East Sudan is essentially the leeway route to Europe as it is situated on the Eastern African Migratory Route, through which migrants pass to reach the south of Egypt and Libya before attempting to cross the Mediterranean, a situation that is further exacerbating the current pressures and lack of infrastructures present.
The Project will be implemented in close partnership and coordination with the Government of Sudan’s Water Environmental Sanitation for Kassala State and State Water Corporation as well as national partners for community sensitization on water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities.
The Italian Ambassador to Sudan, Mr. Fabrizio Lobasso, highlighted that “Italy has always had a prominent relationship with IOM, therefore we consider this project a small but yet a significant step for the joint work that lays ahead of us. We are already involved in the Khashm El Girba region in Kassala State to help refugees and are able to achieve results, thanks to the work of IOM and all these years of cooperation between us.”
Mr. Mario Lito Malanca, IOM Sudan Chief of Mission, expressed his appreciation of this new agreement and stated that “This agreement with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation is a continuation of years of partnership that has served to improve the lives of migrant and host communities across Sudan. IOM has been managing to address migration from different perspectives and this specific project is innovative, sensitive and responding to the fast growing challenge of migration that the East is facing”. (@OnuItalia)