Water Programme Aswan, Component 3: Water Efficiency and Economic Support (WEE) in Nasr El Nuba and Kom Ombo

Project completed

Egypt is a water scarce country and despite recent reforms in the water sector, major challenges remain. Based on needs identified by local authorities and past experiences by the Egyptian-Swiss Development Fund, the programme aims to improve public water supply and management, increase management and income from rehabilitated irrigation systems as well as sensitizing the population about water-related issues.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Employment & economic development
Climate change and environment
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Agricultural water resources
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
Water sector policy
Employment creation
Water resources conservation
Biosphere protection
Public finance management
Water supply
01.07.2012 - 31.03.2018
CHF  8’475’923

A project assessment mission in March 2012 identified four mutually reinforcing project components for a intervention in the water sector in the Aswan Governorate, responding to the priorities of Egyptian authorities.


The overall goal of the proposed programme is to contribute to access to quality drinking water, reduce water usage as well as more efficient and profitable irrigation schemes in the governorate of Aswan.

Target groups

Components 1 and 2: 1 00'000 water users of the informal community of Nassereya and the regional/local authorities will profit from the rehabilitation of the water supply and more efficient and transparent public water service in phase 1. According to outcomes and timeline for phase 1 activities, a second informal community will be selected to benefit in phase 2.

Component 3: 15 WUAs shall be created and coached, involving about 3'200 farmers and their families.

Component 4: Schools, school children and communities shall be addressed.

Medium-term outcomes

Component 1: Rehabilitation/extension of drinking water supply for informal quarters of Aswan.

Component 2: Technical assistance to Aswan water authorities, with special focus on quality of drinking water, water leakages/losses as well as issues of good governance.

Component 3: Improvement of irrigation perimeters linked with increased productivity.

Component 4: Awareness raising in schools and communities on water issues.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk
  • Jesuits Brothers Association

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    8’475’923 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    8’157’831
Project phases

Phase 1 01.07.2012 - 31.03.2018   (Completed)