Strengthening water governance

The African Water Facility (AWF) provides grants and expertise to strengthen water governance to create an environment conducive for effective and sustainable public and private investments.

Water projects in Africa can be severely compromised by lack of clear governance, particularly where the water resources are being harnessed across country or regional boundaries.

The AWF provides financial and technical assistance for the design and implementation of national, regional and transboundary water policies and strategies so that the platform for good water governance is in place before projects begin.

The AWF also funds the development of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) plans to improve the governance of the water sector, attract investment and ensure that the growth of the water sector continues in a sustainable way.

Based on IWRM principles and transboundary cooperative arrangements, the outcome of AWF funding and support is designed to help African countries and regional organisations increase their capacity to govern their water resources effectively and to foster regional cooperation and integration.


Application Process

AWF offers grants of between €50,000 and €5,000,000 to fund water projects.

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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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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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AWF in Action

Gambia: Support to national water sector reforms.

The AWF grant of €1,988,582 to the Gambia Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters will finance the implementation of national water reforms.