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The Water and Sanitation Department (OWAS) was established in 2006 to provide an institutional focus for water sector activities in the Bank. The Department also plays an important role in ensuring the Bank’s leadership role in water sector activities in Africa.
The specific mission of the Water and Sanitation Department is to centralize the Bank’s water and sanitation sector (WSS) activities for better coordination and to facilitate the definition and implementation of sustainable solutions across the water value chain, from strategy, policy-making, institutional reform, advisory services at country and regional levels, capacity building, information and knowledge, fund-raising, project implementation and monitoring.
To that effect the Department supports the Bank’s contribution in the WSS to eliminate poverty and to promote economic growth in Africa, to achieve MDGs targets in the WSS and in other related areas, namely nutrition, education, health, gender empowerment and environment.
Since 2000, following the adoption of its Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Policy, the Bank has increased its focus in the water sector as a way of assisting Regional Member Countries (RMC) achieve the objective of poverty reduction and economic growth recognizing its potential to contribute immensely to achieving the other MDGs for poverty, health, education, and gender. The Bank has adopted a strategy of significantly increasing its interventions in rural water supply and sanitation while continuing to support urban and peri-urban water supply and sanitation and promoting integrated management of water resources.
Our focus is on:
To enable OWAS fulfill its mandate as outlined above, the Department has the following strategic priorities: