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
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.