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African Water Facility Newsletter - Issue 3: Agents of Change

01 November 2023
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What is the connection between water and sanitation? Both are essential to survival and are fundamental rights of all people. In Africa, these precious resources remain crucial to sustenance and to improving social and human development, and we are proud to work with African countries to ensure their availability, accessibility, and sustainability.

Two weeks ago, we met in Paris for our second funding dialogue since the Facility's inception. Together with stakeholders, including donors, partners, and representatives of multilateral and international institutions, we explored innovative approaches to financing access to water and sanitation in Africa. From the meeting, it was clear that there is an appreciation for the increasing demand for these resources on the continent, and the need for a joint commitment to deploy more investments and technical expertise as a response.

It was also apparent that we cannot continue to do business as usual, and that, to accelerate the universal change that we seek, we must function as a community of likeminded people, driven by the same mission and with a unified approach to tackling the water and sanitation crisis on the continent.

At the African Water Facility, the vision is clear, and our goal is simple: improved quality of life for urban and rural communities in Africa. We do this through the deployment of financial resources, provision of technical expertise, and water governance.

An Africa where there is equitable management and development of water resources for poverty alleviation, socioeconomic development, regional cooperation, climate resilience and environmental protection, and where there is universal access to safe water supply, sanitation and hygiene services is possible. With the strong support of our donors and partners, and the cooperation of regional economic communities, we will continue to serve as a unified agent of change in Africa's water and sanitation sector.

Mchera Johannes Chirwa

Coordinator, African Water Facility

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What is the link between water and sanitation? These two elements are essential for survival and constitute fundamental rights for all. In Africa, these valuable resources remain essential for livelihoods and enhancing social and human development, and we are privileged to work with African countries to ensure their availability, accessibility and sustainability.

Two weeks ago, we gathered in Paris for our second financing dialogue since the creation of the Facility. With stakeholders, including donors, partners and representatives of multilateral and international institutions, we explored innovative approaches to financing access to water and sanitation in Africa.

The meeting clearly showed that there is an appreciation of the growing demand for these resources on the continent, and the need for a shared commitment to deploy more investment and technical expertise in response to this demand. It also became clear that we could not continue with business as usual and that, to accelerate the universal change we seek, we needed to operate as a community of like-minded people driven by the same mission and having a unified approach to tackling the water and sanitation crisis on the continent.

At the African Water Facility, the vision is clear and our goal is simple: to improve the quality of life of urban and rural communities in Africa. We achieve this through the mobilization of financial resources, the provision of technical expertise and water governance.

An Africa where there is equitable management and development of water resources for poverty reduction, socio-economic development, regional cooperation, climate resilience and environmental protection, and where there is universal access to the supply of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services is possible. With the strong support of our donors and partners, and the cooperation of regional economic communities, we will continue to serve as a unified agent of change in Africa's water and sanitation sector.

Mchera Johannes Chirwa

Coordinator of the African Water Facility