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Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable TSI management of water and sanitation for all.

Evidence suggests that two-thirds of the world population could be living in water-stressed countries by 2025 if current consumption patterns continue. Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact health, food security, and the livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening levels of hunger and malnutrition. Water withdrawal for irrigation and livestock will increase as global population growth and economic development drive food demand up. In meeting the world’s future fuel and food needs, improved knowledge, research and innovation in more productive and sustainable use of clean water, especially for food and energy, will be paramount.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

Decentralized off-grid systems based on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures.


The Democratic Republic of Congo has significant energy potential, in terms of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydroelectric, or biomass, etc.). Access to energy services is, however, still very low (between 12% and 15% of the total population) and there is a strong disparity between the different provinces of the country.

The Project

The project will facilitate access to electricity and drinking water in the territories of Yakoma (city of Gbadolité, province of Northern Ubangi) and Ngemba (city of Madimba, province of Kongo Central). Off-grid photovoltaic solar kits will be purchased and installed for lighting indoor and outdoor spaces and 2 wells will be built with solar-powered water pumping systems. 50 young people from the local communities will be trained in the management of this system and two women's cooperatives will be created to maintain the installed systems. A communication and fundraising campaign will also be promoted.

The Goal

To promote access to electricity and drinking water through the use of renewable sources.


Solar pumps for sustainable livelihood Sudan


In Sudan, population growth and prolonged periods of drought generate increasing pressure on water resources. The lack of water forces women and children to travel longer and longer distances in order to get provisions, makes the hygiene conditions in villages extremely precarious and limits the development of agriculture. It is estimated that only 30% of arable land in Sudan is actually cultivated. This situation contrasts with the richness of the agricultural resources and water basins which Sudan is endowed with. In this context, especially in rural areas not connected to the electricity grid, water pumping systems powered by solar energy and not connected to the grid can represent an important solution.

The Project

Project aimed at promoting water supply, irrigation and access to drinking water, in 10 villages of the Nile River State and North Kordofan, through the introduction of solar-powered water pumping systems and not connected to the network. The mechanical pumps, where present, will be replaced with solar pumps, reusing the components that can be maintained. Where there are only wells, they will be equipped with solar pumps.

The Goal

Application of renewable energy technologies for access to water in remote rural areas.