Catalysing the development of the African water sector

The African Water Facility (AWF) is a multilateral fund that provides grants and technical assistance to enable governments, NGOs and private-public partnerships to secure investments and implement sustainable water projects throughout Africa.

As the African water sector’s primary instrument aimed at mobilising resources to bridge the huge investment gap, the AWF offers a unique value proposition to African governments and the development community.

It is a regional mechanism for project preparation and investment promotion that has been tested and strengthened during its 15 years of existence. Its comparative advantage is the ability to produce results and attract downstream investment.

In terms of leverage, for each €1 committed, the Facility has mobilized €32 for water resources development investments. Therefore, considering the water sector's significant investment needs, the AWF will continue to strengthen its action by implementing its Strategy 2017 to 2025.

Therefore, given the African water sector’s immense investment needs, the AWF will continue to strengthen its action by implementing its Strategy 2017 to 2025. Over the next six years, the AWF will focus its activities and operations around three strategic priorities, which together provide a comprehensive approach to preparing sustainable infrastructure projects, whilst strengthening the investment-enabling climate, and facilitating investment financing.

Typically, AWF focuses on the three core areas that are complementary and synergetic: Project Preparation, Water Governance and Water Knowledge. The overall aim is to leverage all three of these areas to provide the framework and conditions necessary for sustainable projects to succeed and for the African water sector to thrive.

Our Strategic focus



Project Preparation

Project Preparation

The AWF works with stakeholders to create bankable projects, from initial feasibility studies right through to donor round tables.

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Water Governance

Catalytic Ivestments

AWF will deploy small but catalytic investments, or seed funding, that will enable project owners to implement their projects.

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Water Knowledge

Investment Promotion

The AWF aims to raise interest for the sector among financing partners and in particular to make the sector more attractive to investors and private operators.
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Climate Change

AWF provides grants to water projects that adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.
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Environmental and Social Protection

The AWF ensures that environmental and social protection is properly considered in each project.
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Gender and Social Equity

The AWF works with project planners to ensure that gender and social equity is being addressed.
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The AWF supports a wide portfolio of water projects across a broad range of sectors:

  • Agricultural water management 
  • Drinking water
  • Environmental management 
  • Flood and drought protection
  • Fisheries
  • Hydropower
  • Industry
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Sanitation and hygiene
  • Transport
  • Transboundary water resource management
  • Tourism

Committed to environmental and social sustainability and to promoting projects that are viable and far-sighted, the AWF ensures that its projects address climate change adaptation and mitigation, gender and social equity and environmental and social protection.

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