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African Water Facility Hosts Key Donors on the Implementation of its Flagship Program and Development of its Strategy 2026 –2030

23 February 2024
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The African Water Facility on 21 February 2024 hosted representatives from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) in Abidjan. Representatives and staff of the Facility discussed progress of the Denmark-NDF funded flagship program on improving access to climate resilient safe water supply and sanitation services in the Sahel and Horn of Africa, and the process and timelines for the development of the Facility’s upcoming strategy 2026 – 2030.

Denmark, NDF and the African Water Facility launched the flagship program in 2021 with 8 projects worth €34 million in five countries – Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, Somalia and Burkina Faso – to finance the provision of greener investments in water, sanitation, and water resources management activities in rural and urban areas of the selected countries and support COVID-19 recovery.

The five countries are severely impacted by the effects of climate change such as long period of droughts and water scarcity. They also lack access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services and are fragile due to political instability and conflict, displacement, migration and unemployment. The joint program aims to provide water and sanitation facilities especially in vulnerable areas, with longer term interventions such as the preparation of investment projects for water and sanitation infrastructure, building capacity for the management of water resources, and sensitizing beneficiaries on safe and hygienic practices to prevent COVID-19.

To date, in-country projects have been initiated in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, where implementation is however now on hold due to the country’s political environment. Projects in Somalia and Ethiopia are expected to be approved by the Board of the African Development Bank in the second quarter of 2024. Over 530,000 people are estimated to benefit in total from the program in the target countries.

“We were pleased to host representatives from Denmark and the Nordic Development Fund at our headquarters in Abidjan. We value our partnership in supporting our flagship program in the Sahel and Horn of Africa, where access to water and sanitation services could make a difference between life or death,” said Mtchera Chirwa, coordinator of the African Water Facility.

During the meeting, donors and staff of the Facility further discussed the development of the Facility’s new strategy for 2026 – 2030. This strategy will aim to cement the Facility’s position as a cutting-edge agent for change and impact for African countries in responding to challenges in the continent’s rapidly evolving water and sanitation sector. On the back of this exchange, the African Water Facility will commence consultations with stakeholders on the new strategy over the course of 2024 and early 2025.