The African Water Facility is headquartered in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with satellite offices in Tunisia (Tunis) and South Africa (Pretoria).

The AWF Secretariat administers applications, grants, partnerships and operations. The team of technical experts upraises projects, offers technical advice and monitors projects all the way to completion.


Mohamed El Azizi


Mohamed was appointed Director of the Water and Sanitation department and the African Water Facility Special Trust Funds at the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2013. He has more than 18 years’ experience at the AfDB and more than 27 years in water management, irrigation and sanitation. Mohamed holds graduate degrees in agricultural engineering, water and forestry engineering, and rural engineering from École nationale du génie rural, des eaux et des forêts (ENGREF ) in France. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Canada.

AWF Secretariat

Jean-Michel Ossete

Acting Coordinator

Germaine Diah

Operations Assistant

Latifa Messay


Kolade Olatifede

Principal Administrative and Finance Officer

Technical experts

Francis Daniel Bougaire

Principal Water and Sanitation Engineer

Ousseynou Guene

Principal Sanitation Specialist

Franz Hollhuber

Principal Water and Sanitation Specialist

Daniel Verdeil

Water Resources Management Specialist

Maureen Ntege-Wasswa

Senior Sanitation Engineer

What we do

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Take a quick glance at results achieved by the AWF.


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