African Water Facility

Title African Water Facility
Funding Bracket Minimum US$ 66,000 and a maximum US$ 6,600,000
Facility Objectives

The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) hosted by the African Development Bank.  Established in 2004, it assists African countries to meet the goals and targets for the water and sanitation sector set by the Millennium Development Goals 2015 and the Africa Water Vision 2025. 

Its mission is to mobilize resources for water and sanitation in Africa by contributing to the improvement of water resources governance, increasing water wisdom, meeting urgent water needs and strengthening the financial base for the desired water future.

Key activities Preparing investment projects to mobilise investment funds: This is the Facility's priority activity. The  Facility dedicates 60 percent of its resources to provides financial and technical assistance for the preparation of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, investment plans, and structured public, private and PPP operations with the aim of ensuring that investment projects are bankable, feasible and can be successfully and appropriately implemented. All of these activities are necessary conditions for securing investment financing.

Meanwhile, 10 percent of its resources go to support small strategic - innovative and catalytic - investment projects, comprising the realisation of small scale water and sanitation infrastructure, notably in Fragile States and community initiatives, implemented to stimulate up-scaling.

Enhancing water governance to create a conducive environment for effective and sustainable investments. The Facility invests 15 percent of its resources in providing financial and technical assistance for the design and implementation of national, regional and transboundary water policies, strategies as well as IWRM plans that lead to investment plans and resource mobilization strategies, among others, to improve the governance of the water sector, attract investments and ensure that the growth of the water sector is carried out in a sustainable way.

Promoting water knowledge, for the preparation of viable projects and informed governance leading to effective and sustainable investments. Another 15 percent of the Facility's total resources is used to provide funding for the development and implementation of water information systems, M&E and knowledge products, for informed management of water resources and improved decision–making at national, regional and transboundary levels.

The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) hosted by the African Development Bank.  Established in 2004, it assists African countries to meet the goals and targets for the water and sanitation sector set by the Millennium Development Goals 2015 and the Africa Water Vision 2025.

Its mission is to mobilize resources for water and sanitation in Africa by contributing to the improvement of water resources governance, increasing water wisdom, meeting urgent water needs and strengthening the financial base for the desired water future.

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Institution Details

Title African Water Facility
Person responsible Dr. Akica Bahri
E-mail, phone number and mailing address

African Water Facility
African Development Bank
BP 323 – 1002 (13, Rue du Ghana)
Tunis Belvédère - Tunisie

Facility Objectives

The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) hosted by the African Development Bank.  Established in 2004, it assists African countries to meet the goals and targets for the water and sanitation sector set by the Millennium Development Goals 2015 and the Africa Water Vision 2025. 

Its mission is to mobilize resources for water and sanitation in Africa by contributing to the improvement of water resources governance, increasing water wisdom, meeting urgent water needs and strengthening the financial base for the desired water future.

Facility URL www.africanwaterfacility.org
Key activities Preparing investment projects to mobilise investment funds: This is the Facility's priority activity. The  Facility dedicates 60 percent of its resources to provides financial and technical assistance for the preparation of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, investment plans, and structured public, private and PPP operations with the aim of ensuring that investment projects are bankable, feasible and can be successfully and appropriately implemented. All of these activities are necessary conditions for securing investment financing.

Meanwhile, 10 percent of its resources go to support small strategic - innovative and catalytic - investment projects, comprising the realisation of small scale water and sanitation infrastructure, notably in Fragile States and community initiatives, implemented to stimulate up-scaling.

Enhancing water governance to create a conducive environment for effective and sustainable investments. The Facility invests 15 percent of its resources in providing financial and technical assistance for the design and implementation of national, regional and transboundary water policies, strategies as well as IWRM plans that lead to investment plans and resource mobilization strategies, among others, to improve the governance of the water sector, attract investments and ensure that the growth of the water sector is carried out in a sustainable way.

Promoting water knowledge, for the preparation of viable projects and informed governance leading to effective and sustainable investments. Another 15 percent of the Facility's total resources is used to provide funding for the development and implementation of water information systems, M&E and knowledge products, for informed management of water resources and improved decision–making at national, regional and transboundary levels.

The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) hosted by the African Development Bank.  Established in 2004, it assists African countries to meet the goals and targets for the water and sanitation sector set by the Millennium Development Goals 2015 and the Africa Water Vision 2025.

Its mission is to mobilize resources for water and sanitation in Africa by contributing to the improvement of water resources governance, increasing water wisdom, meeting urgent water needs and strengthening the financial base for the desired water future.
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Key data and facts

Hosted by African Development Bank
Contributors
  • Algeria 
  • Australia
  • Austria 
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • the European Union
  • France
  • Norway
  • Senegal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • the African Development Bank
Year established 2004
Total Capital US$ 178,000,000
Amount committed since established US$ 112,000,000
Amount disbursed since established US$ 61,000,000
Type of finance provided
  • Grant
Capacity for new commitments US$ 66,000,000
Funding Bracket Minimum US$ 66,000 and a maximum US$ 6,600,000
Funding bracket - Current Average Grant size US$ 1,500,000

Eligibility criteria and exclusions

Beneficiaries
  • International Institutions
  • Public
  • Public Private Partnership
Project types
  • Cross-border
  • National
  • Sub-national
Countries
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo-Brazzaville
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • São Tomé & Príncipe
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Energy
  • Hydro-electric power plants
Transport
  • Water transport
Water & Sanitation
  • Basic drinking water supply and basic sanitation
  • Education and training in water supply and sanitation
  • River development
  • Waste management/disposal
  • Water resources policy and administrative management
  • Water resources protection
  • Water supply and sanitation - large systems
Eligibility exclusions

Supported project phases

Enabling environment
  • Capacity building to support projects
  • Consensus building for projects
  • Designing regulatory approaches
  • Project-relevant institutional reforms
Project definition
  • Action planning (TORs, etc.)
  • Identification of desired outputs
  • Identification of project champions
  • Pre-feasibility studies
  • Prioritization vs. other projects
Project feasibility
  • Economic
  • Environmental studies
  • Financial/financial modelling
  • Organizational/administrative
  • Social
  • Technical/engineering
Transaction support
  • Legal structuring
  • Negotiation
  • Post-signing financial agreements
  • Procurement
  • Project finance
  • Technical/engineering
Post-implementation support
  • Evaluation
  • Monitoring
  • Renegotiation/refinancing

List of Projects

Project name:
Total project cost
Region/country


Projects supported since Facility established (Total number) 72
Projects supported reaching financial close since Facility established (Total number) 22

Application process

Application process
  • STEP 1: Download application guidelines from website.
  • STEP 2: Fill out application form, prepare request in compliance with guidelines.
  • STEP 3: Send to: africanwaterfacility@afdb.org
Application Documents
Application process URL www.africanwaterfacility.org/en/eligibility-application-process/

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