Helping Africa meet its water challenges

The AWF helps African countries meet the goals and targets for the water and sanitation sector set by the Millennium Development Goals 2015 and the African Water Vision 2025.

The goal of the AWF

The goal of the AWF is to mobilise and apply financial and human resources to ensure water security in Africa, thereby contributing to meeting the targets and goals established by the Africa Water Vision 2025 and the Millennium Development Goals. The AWF will continue supporting delivery of the Africa Water Vision 2025 which will result in enhanced equitable and sustainable development and management of African water resources for poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, regional cooperation, the environment and resilience to water-related disaster and climate change.

The AWF mission

The mission of the AWF is to mobilise resources for water in Africa by:

  1. contributing to the improvement of water resources governance
  2. increasing water wisdom
  3. meeting urgent needs
  4. strengthening the financial base for the desired future.

The AWF mandate

Created by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the mandate for AWF is to work with regional member countries of the African Development Bank (AfDB), political subdivisions or agencies working within these countries, or regional agencies or institutions concerned with water resource development in Africa.


The vision of the AWF is ‘Towards water for all by 2025’, which implies ensuring water for all citizens for all uses – drinking, hygiene, sanitation, industry, agriculture, energy, transport, tourism and ecosystems.


The following list define the values the AWF stands for:

  • The AWF is committed to environmental and social sustainability: the development of the African water sector should not come at the expense of the environment, people and biodiversity. Environmental and social risks should be minimised, and environmental and social benefits enhanced
  • The AWF is committed to promoting innovation: new or different ideas can help achieve better results and deliver greater benefits, and therefore should be explored and considered whenever possible
  • The AWF is committed to building and maintaining a close relationship with its grantees throughout the entire duration of a project: building a good rapport with grantees and providing close support is essential to ensuring the success of our shared goals.
  • The AWF is committed to promoting knowledge exchange and collaboration: knowledge is essential to transforming the African continent and should be captured and disseminated to increase capacity to better manage and develop Africa’s water resources in a sustainable way
  • The AWF is committed to excellence: achieving excellence means closely monitoring and evaluating performance, looking out for opportunities to improve, identifying strengths to build on
  • The AWF is committed to fostering partnerships between all water stakeholders: catalysing the development of the African water sector requires collaboration across sectors, institutions and nations and should be encourage and enabled
  • The AWF is committed to improving lives and livelihoods for all: developing the water sector should deliver benefits and impacts that are indiscriminate, far reaching and can be multiplied.


The AWF’s strategic focus is on Project Preparation, Water Knowledge and Water Governance, providing grants and technical assistance to ensure that projects are bankable, viable and future-proofed, with a clear opportunity for effective implementation.


The AWF provides grants from €50,000 to €5,000,000.



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The AWF subscribes to the African Water Vision 2025 for an Africa where there is an equitable and sustainable use and management of water resources for poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, regional cooperation and the environment.

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