WaterWorX project: WOP Oromia Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia
  • Ethiopia - Oromia Water and Energy Resource Development Bureau (OWERDB)

The WaterWorX programme is an initiative which is being implemented in 15 countries. In Oromia, the implementation of the first phase started in 2018. Finalization of this first phase will be at the closing of 2021.

Project area
The project is focused on the Oromia regional state. This is located centrally in Ethiopia and home to the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, the Oromos. The partner utilities under the WWX Oromia WOP are the states capital Adama, as well as Ambo, Nekemte, Modjo and Dukem. These cities have large populations and are growing at a very fast pace due to the strong urbanization dynamics in Ethiopia.

Problem analysis
This WWX –project will address the problems related to water supply and sanitation with in the utilities of Adama, Bishoftu, Ambo, Dukem, Mojo and Nekemte. The main problem of the utilities is lack of capacity both financially and technically to operate, maintain and invest in water infrastructure. During the observation interviews with the managers most of the utilities raised scarcity of water supply and shortage of budget. In line with the target set by the national government to reach 100% with an average consumption per capita of 80-100 liters a day by the year 2020 is a challenge. The Towns are also challenged by the high number of low income people. Approximately 30% of the people living in towns have low income. More than 200,000 people from the utilities are from low income area that has no access to water supply and sanitation.

Project aim
The objective of the project is to increase the sustainability of access to water supply and sanitation by:
• strengthening the capacity of the TWSSSEs financially,  technically and socially
• strengthening the enabling environment of TWSSSEs in terms of  policies, laws & regulations and financing
• increasing access to water infrastructure investment finance, by developing investment proposals and engaging with domestic and international financing organisations and banks

For more information please contact:

Wonde Hirpa, Resident Project Manager in Ethiopia

Wonde Hirpa