Supporting water projects throughout Africa

The African Water Facility (AWF) gives grants and technical assistance to mobilise investment for water projects throughout Africa.

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Combating desertification and climate change in Burkina Faso

Combating desertification and climate change in Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso is the first country to benefit from a climate change focused grant (to the tune of EURO 838,000) by the African Water Facility (AWF), after AWF’s call for proposals launched in September 2014.

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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...


Feasibility and design study of storm water drainage and solid waste management systems in Ouagadougou


April 2008 - The Government of Burkina Faso received a €642,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study for the improvement of sanitation services in the peripheral areas of Ouagadougou where live the most underprivileged citizens,...


Capacity building for decentralized integrated water resources management (IWRM)


April 2008 - The Government of Burkina Faso received a € 450,000 grant to strengthen the Government’s institutional capacity and performance for monitoring water resources and water use in the country and developing adequate...


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...

Project cycle

A typical project cycle takes six months to first disbursement of grant funding. Grants are generally divided in tranches, released as the project meets defined milestones:

  • 0 – 3 months: Approval
  • 3 – 6 months: Effectiveness
  • 6 months: 1st disbursement
  • 15 months: 2nd disbursement

Projects can last anything from two to five years depending on the complexity and scope. Grants range from €50,000 to €5,000,000.

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