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ECOWAS The establishment of a regional water observatory

August 2011- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) received a € 411,000 grant for a study to establish a regional water observatory to contribute the improvement of water sector performance.  The observatory would help strengthen political will on common water management policy amongst ECOWAS member countries, and promote the convergence of national policy outlook and strategy framework to facilitate joint action on transboundary water resources management.

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Improvement of waste management in Grand-Nokoué as part of a public-private partnership

January 2013- The Municipality of Seme-Podji received a € 1.1 million grant to finance the rehabilitation and improvement of waste management in Grand-Nokoue . This is expected to improve the lives and living conditions of the people of Grand-Nokoue, reducing the spread of water borne diseases, while making good use of the waste collected for treatment and reused as fertilizer sold to farmers at a competitive price.

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Nile Basin Authority support for Niger HYCOS project

October 2006 - The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) received a € 1,2 million grant to collect reliable, quality hydrological data and information on the Niger River Basin for more effective management by NBA and Member Countries of the water resources. This project is particularly important to improve planning and development activities.

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Support for the creation of Volta Basin Authority

March 2006 - The Volta Basin Technical Committee (VBTC) received a €165,000 grant through an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulics and Fisheries in Burkina Faso - for the creation of the Volta Basin Authority. This is the first project ever to be funded by the AWF. It is aimed at establishing an agreement for the creation of the Volta Basin Authority to ensure joint rational and judicious use of the water resources amongst riparian countries, foster transboundary cooperation and benefit sharing.

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Promoting the integrated and joint management of water resources of the Iullemeden, Taoudeni/Tanezrouft aquifer systems and the Niger River

December 2009 - the Executive Secretariat of the Sahara-Sahel Observatory (OSS) received a €1.2 million grant to finance the integrated and concerted water resources management of the aquifer systems of Iullemeden, Taoudeni/Tanezrouft and the Niger River.  The objective of the project is to significantly improve the concerted and sustainable management of water resources of transboundary aquifer systems and the Niger River, thereby improving the living conditions and access to water by the 25 million inhabitants living in the project area.

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Support for the decentralisation of the water, sanitation and hygiene services in Atacora-Donga region

October 2012- The ONG PROTOS has received a € 1 million grant to finance the development of an institutional framework for the decentralization of water supply, sanitation, hygiene services in the Atacora-Donga region. This project includes capacity building of communes and the private sector and technical assistance offered to municipalities. The project is expected to help improves water supply, sanitation, hygiene services in the targeted region, and improve people’s health and living conditions.

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Niger Basin – multipurpose infrastructure to adapt to climate change

December 2013 – The Niger Basin Authority received a €1.5 million grant to conduct feasibility studies for infrastructure aimed at adapting to climate change. The AWF will also catalyse investments through supporting technical, economic, financial, environmental and social feasibility studies. 137 million people are expected to benefit from this project.

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