African Water Facility

The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative led by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa. The African Development Bank (AfDB) hosts the Facility on the request of AMCOW.

The AWF was legally established by the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank, at its Annual Meetings in Kampala on 25 May 2004 by approving the Instrument for the establishment of the African Water Facility Special Fund.

The AWF’s operations are guided by its Governing Council and implemented according to the rules of its host agency, the African Development Bank. Procurement and disbursement are conducted by applying fast-track procedures.

The AWF Governing Council approves the operational focus of the Facility and the proposed areas of intervention; the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has the mandate to approve operational procedures and the financing of projects and programmes.

AWF applies fast-approval and flexible procedures and can provide support to communities as well as to national and multinational institutions.

The major objectives of the African Water Facility are to attract and make effective use of increased and appropriate investments needed to achieve national and regional water sector targets in Africa.

Two broad areas of support have been defined in that regard:

  • Improving the enabling environment to attract more investments
  • Direct capital investments for the purpose of triggering larger investments for sustainable development, focusing on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at the national level and Transboundary Water Resources Management (TWRM) at the regional level (AMCOW/NEPAD priorities).

In order to work towards reaching its objectives AWF has elaborated an Operational Programme 2005-2009, which describes its work plan until 2009.