African Water Facility


EOI - Sierra Leone - Consultancy Services for Freetown Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan and Medium-Term Investments Project Preparation

The Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) has received financing from the African Water Facility (AWF) towards the cost of the Freetown Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan and Investment Studies Project and intends to apply part of the agreed amount for the grant to payments under the contract for Consultancy Services for Freetown Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan and Medium-Term Investments Project Preparation.

African Water Facility Strategy 2017-2025 at a glance

A water secure Africa where the continent’s water resources are developed and managed equitably and sustainably for poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, regional cooperation, environment protection and climate change resilience

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The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), established in 2004 as a Special Water Fund to help African countries achieve the objectives of the Africa Water Vision 2025 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

African Development Bank to invest over US$ 500 million in New City Wide Inclusive Sanitation projects with support from Gates Foundation

The African Development Bank announces a new initiative to promote innovation and citywide inclusive sanitation services for sub-Saharan Africa’s urban inhabitants. The Bank’s Africa Urban Sanitation Investment Fund Program, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is funding the initiative designed to focus on the poor. The Gates Foundation, in partnership with the Government of the People’s Republic of China, showcased the new initiative at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing from 6-8 November 2018. The Reinvented Toilet Expo brought together private and public-sector...

2018 World Water Week: “Water, ecosystems and human development” - Focus on Africa

The 2018 World Water Week will take place from 26 to 31 August in Stockholm, Sweden, under the theme: “Water, ecosystems and human development.” Hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week (WWW) is the largest global event focusing on water sector and development-related challenges. The meeting brings together governments, experts, and private sector leaders to brainstorm solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. This year’s Stockholm World Water Week will explore the need to safeguard the...

Bank approves African Water Facility Plans for 2018

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved the work plan and budget of the African Water Facility (AWF) for 2018. The plan addresses past challenges and proposes solutions on the pressing issues of resource mobilization, filling vacancies, monitoring ongoing projects more closely and resolving issues more quickly, and strengthening the capacity of project implementing agencies. To be realistic about the complexities of transitioning to the new 2017-2025 strategy, which emphasizes resource mobilization, 2018 operational targets took 2017 results as...

World Water Day Interview: Osward Mulenga Chanda, Division Manager, Water Development and Sanitation Department

In this interview, Osward Mulenga Chanda, Division Manager, Water Development and Sanitation Department, African Development Bank, raises the issue of access to financing for water, which he says is not the only aspect to be taken into account for the development of the sector. Has enough money been invested to meet the targets of the African Water Vision and the sustainable development goals (SDGs)? What are the financial projections? Official development finance to water nearly tripled between 2003 and 2014, rising from an annual allocation of $6 billion in 2003 to close to $18...

World Water Day Interview: Wambui Gichuri, Director, Water Development and Sanitation Department

With her extensive experience in water management at the World Bank where she developed and implemented several strategies and programs, Wambui Gichuri joined the African Development Bank on March 15, 2018. Her arrival as Director of the Water Development and Sanitation Department coincides with the World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil, taking place from March 18 to 23. On the occasion of World Water Day, we spoke to her about the African Development Bank’s development priorities vis-à-vis the water and sanitation sector. How do you view the challenge of providing sustainable...

World Water Day Interview with Francis Daniel Bougaire, Chief Water Policy and Strategy Development Officer at the African Water Facility

Francis Daniel Bougaire is Chief Water Policy and Strategy Development Officer at the African Water Facility (AWF), a special fund hosted and administered by the African Development Bank. The AWF provides grants and technical assistance for the implementation of innovative projects within its domain. For Bougaire, promoting integrated water resources management (IWRM) is crucial for achieving inclusive, sustainable development. What challenges does water represent, with its triple political, social and environmental aspects? Humanity has to face several water-related challenges...

The African Development Bank participates in the 8th World Water Forum: Sharing and Learning

The World Water Forum, which is the culmination of 3 years of global water actors’ consultations, opened in Brasilia to over 30,000 participants. Facilitated by the World Water Council, a global body with over 600 member organizations, it will focus on sharing experiences and advancements in the sustainable development and management of this precious resource for social and economic development. Much emphasis is put on the fact that water security has wide-ranging impacts on energy, agriculture, industrialization and health. The 8th World Water Forum coincides with the...

Inclusive Climate-Smart Finance – Reaching those most in need

Addressing the climate challenge rests inter alia on the availability of adequate and sustainable climate-smart finance, along with properly designed mechanisms for its smooth provision. Leveraging such mechanisms has the potential to address socio-economic imbalances and political grievances that aggravate communities’ vulnerability and reduce their resilience to the impacts of climate change and extremes. Implementing an inclusive approach – that takes into account the needs, interests and differential vulnerabilities of men and women – in all aspects of project development, including...

The African Water Facility holds 17th Governing Council in Dakar

The African Water Facility (AWF) organized its 17th Governing Council Meeting on January 22-23, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Water and Sanitation of Senegal and chaired by Mansour Faye, Chair of the Governing Council and Minister of Water and Sanitation of Senegal. Thirty participants representing African Ministers in charge of water resources, development partners, observers and recipients of AWF grants attended the meeting. The main highlights of the event were the review and endorsement of the AWF 2017 Progress Report and the Facility 2018 Work...

Spotlight on “Water for Africa”, the new African water initiative launched with AfDB support

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the day after the Global Water Action Day that marked the fourth day of COP23, the “Water for Africa” initiative was the subject of a presentation in the Morocco Pavilion, open to civil society organizations. “Water for Africa” was established under the auspices of an African COP, COP22 held in Marrakech, at the initiative of Morocco and with the blessing of the African Development Bank, which immediately offered its support. The Moroccan Secretary of State for Water, Charafat Afilal; the Director of the Water Sciences Division and...

Un don de plus de 2 millions d’euros de la BAD à la CEEAC

La Banque africaine de développement (BAD), à travers la Facilité africaine de l’eau (FAE) et le Mécanisme de financement de la préparation de projets d’infrastructures du NEPAD (IPPF-NEPAD), deux fonds spéciaux multi-donateurs qu’elle héberge et administre, a approuvé le décaissement de 2 098 593  d’euros au profit de la Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique centrale (CEEAC), le 11 août 2017. Ce don devrait permettre le déploiement effectif du Projet d’appui à la création d’un organisme de bassins transfrontaliers (Ogoué, Ntem, Nyanga, et...

African Water Facility launches new Strategy 2017-2025

The African Water Facility (AWF), hosted by the African Development Bank Group, formally launched its new Strategy 2017–2025 on October 13, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The occasion was used to introduce and share with stakeholders, partners, donors, beneficiaries and various Bank departments collaborating with the AWF the innovative approaches that it will focus on over the next 10 years in order to deliver on its mandate of mobilising financing for the water and sanitation sector. “Water is at the centre of development programs aimed at improving the welfare of populations,” Jennifer...

African Development Bank approves 2016 African Water Facility annual report and 2017 work plan and budget

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved the 2016 Annual report and 2017 Work plan and budget of the African Water Facility (AWF), with particular reference to the use of an amount up to €1.925 million for the administrative budget of AWF out of the Special Water Fund for 2017 activities. The fund will contribute to meeting the challenges of the activities in 2017, including: Resource mobilization; Operations; Strategic review; Documenting and disseminating results and knowledge emanating from AWF operations. The activities also comprise, Human...

US$ 829 Million Support from AfDB, Partners for Songwe River Basin Program

Malawi and Tanzania have agreed to work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Program (SRBDP). This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between both parties at a ceremony held in Lilongwe, on May 18, 2017. Prepared with the support of the African Water Facility and the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility(IPPF), both hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), this program is expected to generate economic, social, environmental, and livelihood benefits for the people of the Songwe Basin. It will also enhance food and energy...

World Water Day 2017

On March 22, 2017, the global development community will commemorate World Water Day under the theme "Wastewater”. Not only is it an opportunity to highlight the linkages between wastewater management and the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), but also an occasion to focus on the African Development Bank’s new approaches to turn waste water into a source of wealth.  The AfDB will also participate, alongside financial and technical partners, in an event to be organized for the occasion by the Ivorian Government on March 23, 2017 in Abidjan, the economic capital. During this event,...

The African Water Facility Supports Somaliland to Build Resilience to Water Stress and Climate Change

The African Water Facility (AWF) held on February 21, 2017 a launching ceremony and workshop to officially kick-start the Water Resources Management and Investment Plan project for Somaliland. The AWF has provided a €3-million grant to support this project in the aim of building resilience to climate change and reducing water stress in Somaliland. The launching ceremony, opened by the Honorable Hussein Abdi Boos Minister of Water Resources was attended by 37 participants including Ministers of Mineral and Energy, Environment, Rural Development and Agriculture as well as...

The African Water Facility Supports Mozambique’s resilience to climate change and reducing vulnerability to floods in Inhambane and Chimoio

The Government of the Republic of Mozambique and the African Water Facility (AWF) has entered into a grant agreement for a feasibility study on Urban Sanitation, Drainage and Solid Waste Management in Chimoio and Inhambane. The grant agreement was signed on January 27, 2017 by the Minister of Economy and Finance Adriano Afonso Maleiane and the Country Manager for the African Development Bank Joseph M. Ribeiro. The project was launched in workshops in Maputo on March 8, in Chimoio on March 9 and another one will be held in Inhambane on March 14. This AWF €1.6-million grant project will...