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



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

Water Governance

The AWF supports capacity building to create an environment conducive to investment and ongoing viability.

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Water Knowledge

Water Knowledge

The AWF funds the development of water information systems to inform decision-making process and track progress and achievements.

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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.