Programme multidonateurs du partenariat pour l’eau

  • Date of agreement: December 2, 2002
  • Current volume of the fund: The total funds made available, including accrued interest as at 31st December 2010 was €9,055,852
  • Financial contributors: Canada (Euro 3.3 million) and Denmark (Euro 2 million).

Background and Objectives

The Bank-Netherlands Water Partnership Program (BNWPP) was established in December 2002 between AfDB and the Government of the Netherlands. The BNWPP was transformed into a Multi-Donor Water Partnership Program (MDWPP) with the participation of the Canadian and Danish governments in March 2006.

The objective of Water Partnership Programme (WPP) is to help operationalize the Bank's IWRM Policy, create awareness on and enhance commitment to IWRM among RMCs, and support the coordinating efforts of the Bank with respect to the various water initiatives.

Areas of Focus / Sub-Sectors

  • IWRM outreach and knowledge sharing
  • Support to the Bank‟s operations capacity
  • Water information and data management at AfDB
  • Support for transfer of best practice and experiences

Target Beneficiaries

AfDB, RMCs, Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations

Results and Milestones

The WPP is providing the Bank with an opportunity to enhance its knowledge and learning activities in the water sector, which has better enabled the Bank staff to play a key role in promoting dialogue with key regional actors on critical water sector issues such as water security, the MDGs, and sanitation delivery. Completion of 17 ongoing activities carried over 2009 and commencement of 7 new activities in 2010.

  • IWRM Outreach and Knowledge Sharing: A series of activities in North, Eastern and Southern Africa to promote IWRM planning and enhance knowledge sharing between countries and institutions on best practices supported in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership. The WPP has been instrumental in facilitating dialogue on key sector issues, as evidenced by support to the prepa-ration for the Heads of States Summit on water and sanitation in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in 2008, the First and Second Africa Water Weeks, and the African Sanitation conference. The program has also supported activities of thematic networks such as the Rural Water Supply Network and promoted dialogue on key sector issues between the AfDB and international/regional bodies including the UN Secretary-General‟s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW).
  • Enhanced Bank Operational Capacity: The program was instrumental in the establishment of three important special initiatives at the Bank: the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), the African Water Facility (AWF), and the ClimDev Programme. They are mainstreaming IWRM and climate risk management processes in Bank operations and making significant contributions to MDGs. In 2010, support was also provided for the establishment of a partnership called AgWA with the principal actors in agricultural water management in Africa. This is expected to contribute to improving the food security in Africa and the mainstreaming of IWRM principles and practices.
  • Increased Awareness and Adoption of Best Practices: The program has supported the preparation of a number of key regional studies and reviews including an agricultural water use study, a water sector governance study, a joint review of the Sanitation and Hygiene Status in 32 countries carried out with the World Bank/WSP and the African Regional Documents for the Fourth and Fifth World Water Forums. It has also supported development of guidelines related to water user fees and cost recovery, rainwater harvesting, water and poverty, and management of wetlands, and sponsored activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of Bank staff on innovative water and sanitation technologies, such as use of photovoltaic pumping in rural water systems.
  • Strengthened Information and Data Management: The WWP has been supporting Bank efforts to manage water information effectively to enhance decision making and improve operational effectiveness. A situation analysis of the water information systems in the Bank has been undertaken, leading to the development of a framework for the implementation of a water information and data management (WIDM) system. A communication approach and dissemination plan has been developed to strengthen sharing of water sector information and knowledge.

Administration and Governance Structure

Steering Committee (Representatives of AfDB, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands): Approves the overall program.

  • OIVP: Approves annual program and budget.
  • Director of OWAS: Approves individual detailed activities and budget, designates Program Coordinator and oversees implementation of the program.
  • Technical Working Group (TWG): Reviews Annual Implementation Plan and Progress Reports prior to submission to the Director of OWAS.
  • Programme Coordinator (PC): Coordination of activities of the program, including reporting
  • Task Managers (TM): Prepare detailed activity proposals and responsible for implementation of approved activities

Major Activities in 2011-2012 / Additional Resources Required

  • Major Activities: Activities with a focus on scaling up water and sanitation services in fragile states, water for agriculture, enhancing PSP and the use of innovative financing mechanisms in water sector operations, and organization of second RWSSI conference.
  • Required Resources: Euro 9.8 million in additional funds for the implementation of the 2011-2013 WPP Medium-Term Strategy have to be mobilized from existing and new donor partners.

Experiences, Challenges, and Ways Forward

  • Improving knowledge management: The WPP plays a key role in acting as a knowledge center for AfDB water activities in support of the Bank‟s role as a lead organization in the sector. The Program has put in place plans to increase its efforts to serve as an instrument for the Water Department to improve knowledge management on water issues. In particular, several important studies and guidelines that will add value to the Bank‟s work will be widely disseminated within the Bank.
  • Increasing visibility of the WPP: To effectively carry out its mandate, it is important that the WPP is well known and recognized both within the Bank and among its external stakeholders. In order to improve its visibility, the Program will give priority to implementing its newly developed communications approach and widely disseminating outputs.
  • Implementation of MDWPP Medium Term Strategy: A Medium Term Strategy is nearing completion, which will provide strategic direction and enhance the effectiveness of the program over the next three to five years, in order to better address contemporary water challenges and Bank priori-ties for the water sector. However, inadequate staffing and funding constrains the effective implementation of the Program.

Technical Department and Task Manager
Thomas Roberts, Chief Water Engineer, Water and Sanitation Department
Tel: (216) 7110 3278

Partnerships and Cooperation Unit Focal Point
Khadidia Diabi, Principal Cooperation Officer
Tel: (216) 7110 3002