Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Sudan, informed the government of Sudan March 22 that the EU is committed to supporting better access to drinking water in Sudan, with water sector investments totalling approximately $39 Million USD.
“Drinking water must be accessible, safe and affordable for all without discrimination. The right to safe drinking water is a human right essential for the full enjoyment of life. Moreover, water is becoming increasingly important in maintaining peace and political stability,” (Radio Dabanga).
The funding contributes to “second-phase” projects that directly improve access to safe water, promote natural resources management to achieve sustainable water use, water efficiency and safeguard water ecosystems.
The Wadi El Ku Integrated Catchment Management Project in North Darfur will “support over 80,000 farming families and provide benefits to around 700,000 people. Interventions will enhance agricultural productivity, improve natural resource management and strengthen cooperation over natural resources at the community level.”
The Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Livelihoods in East Darfur is set to “support 38,000 people, with additional 35,000 pastoralists benefiting from conflict free corridors and improved rangelands”.
The Integrated improvement of household food security in Red Sea States, “will improve the livelihood of 120,000 people in the Eastern Region by developing more water resources and managing them in an integrated manner.”
Sudan Minister of Urban Planning in East Darfur Abdelmuhsin Hasan acknowledged in March that his state is suffering from a dire water crisis and needs at least 250 wells to support the needs of the population. Hasan ridiculed the Zero Thirst Programme set out by central government in Khartoum, saying that the program deals with double standards between states.
In June 2018 in Khartoum, the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation, and Electricity, Mutaz Mousa, said that Arab financial institutions have frozen the funding of the Zero Thirst Program because of the failure of the Central Bank of Sudan to pay periodic dues.