The Government of Egypt, with assistance from the World Bank, the Government of Switzerland (represented by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs – SECO), the Government of Japan and the German Development Agency (GTZ), has launched a large-scale rural sanitation program entitled the Integrated Sanitation & Sewerage Infrastructure Project (ISSIP) to develop the rural sanitation sector in towns and villages in three Northern Governorates in the Delta region: Gharbiya, Kafr-el-Sheikh and Beheira.
The project will contribute to sustainable improvement in sanitation and environmental conditions for resident communities and the water quality in the selected drainage basins within the two main canal command areas of Mahmoudeya and Mit Yazid in the Egyptian Delta in the Beheira, Gharbiya and Kafr El Sheikh Governorates through the provision of improved wastewater collection and treatment systems and reduction of pollution in the surrounding water canals and drains. ISSIP priority areas are estimated to include about 1 million of the 1.35 million people in the two Command Areas – Mahmoudeya and Mit Yazid. The primary beneficiaries under the JSDF grant will be the smaller villages in the rural Delta within the ISSIP project area. A total of 30 villages will benefit from direct support for delegated management systems and a secondary target group will be the larger villages and communities in about 14 village clusters that will benefit by use of the community participation strategy.