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.
Hosted by the AfDB, the AWF was created by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in response to the need to catalyse the development of the water sector, by increasing the number and the quality of sustainable water projects to meet water development goals throughout the continent.
Today, the AWF has an established track record in helping design high quality and sustainable water projects and in attracting investment to finance the water sector and increase the implementation of projects. Target goals include increased water, food and energy security, and enhanced regional cooperation and socio-economic growth.
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
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
- Integrated water resources management
- Sanitation and hygiene
- Transboundary water resource management
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.