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Sierra Leone Water Project Wins Top International Award

Sierra Leone Water Project Wins Top International Award

Sierra Leone hailed for its achievements in providing water services to the poor as it scoops a top international award.

12th April 2016: A UK-funded project to bring accessible water to over 300,000 Sierra Leoneans has won a top international award. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Support Programme to the Government of Sierra Leone won the top prize at the prestigious British Expertise award ceremony in London last night.

The awards recognise outstanding international development achievements across the world. The project won the award for Outstanding International Development Project (Non Infrastructure) commending Sierra Leone’s achievements in improving water, sanitation and hygiene services to over half its population.

The project convinced a distinguished judging panel by revealing that more than three million people – or 60 percent of the population – now have access to a safe and reliable water supply; an increase of 20 percent since the project started.

Implemented by Adam Smith International and funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) over 300,000 Sierra Leoneans are benefiting from 36 local water projects in 14 districts.

President Ernest Bai Koroma praised the project: “[I am] highly encouraged by the progress being made in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, as a result of the contributing role that Adam Smith International has played.”

The Minister of Water Resources, H.E. Momodu Maligi III added: “The sustained support provided by DFID, and particularly embedded technical assistance been instrumental in the significant progress of this sector in Sierra Leone.”

About Adam Smith International:

Adam Smith International is a global leader in delivering projects that support economic growth and government reform.

Over the last five years Adam Smith International has delivered critical support to the Government of Sierra Leone in health, water, sanitation and hygiene governance.

Adam Smith International has driven institutional change for sustainable water provision for the poorest, established legislation building capacity in apex bodies, and delivered projects that improve access to quality water and sanitation.


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