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Catalysing the development of the African water sector

The African Water Facility (AWF) is a multilateral fund that provides grants and technical assistance to enable governments, NGOs and private-public partnerships to secure investments and implement sustainable water projects throughout Africa.

As the African water sector’s primary instrument aimed at mobilising resources to bridge the huge investment gap, the AWF offers a unique value proposition to African governments and the development community.

It is a regional mechanism for project preparation and investment promotion that has been tested and strengthened during its 15 years of existence. Its comparative advantage is the ability to produce results and attract downstream investment.

In terms of leverage, for each €1 committed, the Facility has mobilized €29 for water resources development investments. Therefore, considering the water sector's significant investment needs, the AWF will continue to strengthen its action by implementing its Strategy 2017 to 2025.

Therefore, given the African water sector’s immense investment needs, the AWF will continue to strengthen its action by implementing its Strategy 2017 to 2025. Over the next six years, the AWF will focus its activities and operations around three strategic priorities, which together provide a comprehensive approach to preparing sustainable infrastructure projects, whilst strengthening the investment-enabling climate, and facilitating investment financing.

Typically, AWF focuses on the three core areas that are complementary and synergetic: Project PreparationWater Governance and Water Knowledge. The overall aim is to leverage all three of these areas to provide the framework and conditions necessary for sustainable projects to succeed and for the African water sector to thrive.


The AWF works with stakeholders to create bankable projects, from initial feasibility studies right...

AWF will deploy small but catalytic investments, or seed funding, that will enable project owners...

The AWF aims to raise interest for the sector among financing partners and in particular to make...

AWF provides grants to water projects that adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce the...

The AWF ensures that environmental and social protection is properly considered in each project.

The AWF works with project planners to ensure that gender and social equity is being addressed.