Multidonor Water Partnership Program


World Water Day 2013: International Year of Water Cooperation

Water Cooperation: Key to Unlocking Africa’s Water Potential, Meeting Water Needs The importance of cooperation has long been recognized as fundamental to developing Africa’s water sector.   African Governments and development partners alike understand the centrality of water in meeting basic human needs, supporting socio-economic development and poverty reduction, as well as in protecting the environment and biodiversity – and continue working together to catalyze the development of the water sector to meet Africa’s water needs. The African Development Bank, its partners and...

AfDB Marks “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought” with Positive Balance sheet in Water Initiatives

The African Development Bank Group will on June 17, 2010 join other development partners and the international community at large to observe the United Nations' World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The Day, which has been marked since 1995, will this year focus on the theme “Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere". The theme clearly reflects the close relationship between ecosystems, poverty reduction, and overall economic performance of countries, particularly in Africa where two-thirds of the continent is either desert or dry lands. The World Day to Combat...

AfDB Ethiopia Field Office Other Stakeholders in Celebrating World Water Day

At the invitation of Asfaw Dingamo, Minister of Water Resources, the African Development Bank (AfDB) Ethiopia Field Office joined officials of the Government, Parliamentarians and other stakeholders from civil society, private sector and the donor community to celebrate World Water Day on 22 March 2010, under the theme “Clean Water for a Healthy World”.    Speaking at the event Minister Dingamo underscored the fact that access to safe water is directly connected to the Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary...

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative - Framework for Implementation: “A Regional Response to Africa’s Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Crises”

Africa has the lowest total water supply coverage of any region in the world. Currently about 300 million people in Africa do not have access to safe water and about 313 million have no access to sanitation. This situation exacts a heavy toll on the health and economic progress of African countries. The Africa Water Vision was presented at the Second World Water Forum in The Hague, 2000, as part of the World Water Vision and represents Africa’s efforts at addressing the impending African water crises.