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About AWF

Facilitating water projects investment in Africa

The African Water Facility (AWF) provides grants and expert technical assistance to implement innovative water projects and raise investment for water projects throughout Africa.

Since its inception, the AWF has been outstanding in providing grants for project preparation with measures to strengthen water governance and water knowledge management. Overall, the Facility's action is to support projects designed to increase water, energy and food security, enhance regional cooperation and promote socio-economic growth in Africa.

Under the 2017-2025 Strategy, the AWF will focus its activities and operations around three strategic priority areas, which together provide a comprehensive approach to project preparation that creates a favourable investment climate, develops sustainable infrastructure and promotes the financing of investments until they are completed.

Preparing and Financing Water Projects in Africa

The African Water Facility (AWF) has been established in 2004, under the initiative of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), to mobilize resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa. 
It is hosted and managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Since its operationalization in 2006, the AWF has developed a grant portfolio of 117 projects in 52 countries, including the most vulnerable countries.

The Vision

The AWF vision is aligned with the African Water Vision 2025 which is to support "improved development, equitable and sustainable management of water resources in Africa for poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, regional cooperation


The AWF helps African countries achieve the objectives and targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals - 2030 for the water and sanitation...

Established in 2004, the African Water Facility received its funding in 2005 and became operational in 2006, when it funded its first project: ...

The Governing Council decides the general policy and direction of the AWF. It is made up of 13 members appointed by AMCOW, donors to the fund, the...

Since 2006, the AWF has mobilised €184 million from 17 bilateral, multilateral financial institutions, foundations and African governments.

The AWF team is based in the African Development Bank and is composed of a wide range of experts with broad international experience.

The AWF partners and consults with a wide range of multilateral and bilateral institutions from the water sector and related areas to maximise the...