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African Water Facility at World Water Week 2022

22 August 2022
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The African Water Facility (AWF) will be at World Water Week which holds from 23rd August to 1st September 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden. Attracting a diverse group of stakeholders from over 130 countries, the conference presents an opportunity to explore water from new perspectives and discuss challenges like climate crisis, food security, biodiversity loss, poverty, energy, and water scarcity under the theme, “Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water.”

The conference will hold in both digital and physical formats, enabling stakeholders to participate and engage with the sessions and speakers both online and on-site, while contributing to the development of new ideas, innovative solutions, and discussions around a shared future.

World Water Week is a leading annual conference on water and development issues and plays a key role in knowledge sharing between industry stakeholders. The conference is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) which is responsible for the curation of all content during the event, in collaboration with international organisations who co-create most of the sessions. This year, over 300 sessions are planned with a thematic focus for each week and sessions on a wide range of topics. The objective of the 2022 conference is to explore global water issues, examine new ways of managing water, and tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.

At 2022 World Water Week, the African Water Facility will host a plenary session to engage sanitation stakeholders and donors on the African Urban Sanitation and Investment Fund (AUSIF). The Facility’s representatives will also participate in numerous bilateral meetings, engaging potential donors and partners on resource mobilisation for a water-secure Africa, while strengthening partnership and cooperation.

At the Facility’s plenary session which will hold on Wednesday, 31st August, Mtchera Johannes Chirwa, the Facility’s coordinator will engage stakeholders on the topic “The Urgent Case to Mobilize Capital” and speak on the imminent need to intentionally and exponentially grow pipelines of investment worthy, and investment ready projects to attract commercial investment. In addition, during this session, experts from around the world will discuss innovative financing mechanisms (both in design phase and currently in use) to mobilize urgent investment for water, sanitation and hygiene, highlighting case studies of successful strategies and how to unlock financing.

During the conference, the African Water Facility will also host a side event with Denmark/NDF to present a 4-year joint program designed to improve access to domestic water supply and sanitation services, boost COVID-19 prevention and recovery efforts, and further improve climate resilience through the WASH sector in both rural and urban communities in five countries in the Sahel and Horn of Africa.

The Facility’s event with Denmark/NDF will also discuss challenges of sustainable access to water supply and sanitation services within the context of climate change and crisis, pandemic and fragility in Africa. Furthermore, the event will look at using climate risk and vulnerability assessments, climate-resilient strategies for immediate operational improvements in water supply in vulnerable communities, and support for an integrated water resource management approach. There will be presentations on projects from Mali and Burkina Faso, and the Facility will present its renewed mandate and revised 2017 – 2025 strategy.