1st ICA Water Platform Meeting - 8-9 March 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany

26 January 2012

Transboundary Water Resources - Financing & Climate Change Adaptation

8-9 March, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany

Organised by the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) and hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) & KfW, the goal of this first ICA Water Platform (WP) Meeting is to identify challenges and opportunities in the financing and implementation of Transboundary Water Resource and Climate Change Adaptation Programs.

Achieving water security in Africa will require specific attention to water resource issues, e.g. managing resources on a transboundary level, coordinating actors, developing climate-proof water infrastructure and facilitating implementation of water infrastructure investments. In that context, the meeting will review the lessons learnt of African and development partners in identifying major bottlenecks.

The outcomes from the meeting will feed into the World Water Forum, held in Marseille, France from 12 to 17 March 2012, and will also provide the ICA and Water Platform with a work plan for 2012 and beyond. The activities of this work plan will help address obstacles in the path of our ultimate goal - increasing investment and financing for infrastructure in Africa.


Transboundary Water Resources:
Experiences, lessons learnt and challenges in implementation and financing

This session will discuss experiences in financing water-related infrastructure on a transboundary level. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss remaining challenges and share their lessons learnt. The objective will be to identify bottlenecks in the mobilization of financing for implementation of investment plans and priority projects on the REC and RBO level.

Adaptation Finance:
Financing & Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation Projects

In this session, Development & African Partners will provide practical approaches and insights on how to respond to the impact of climate change and to adapt investment programs to the changing environment. Outcomes of international debates and conferences, and practical case studies will be discussed. The outcome of the debate will be the identification of knowledge gaps, and areas of further financial and technical support in climate-proof water infrastructure investments.

Role & Activities of the ICA Water Platform in 2012 and beyond

The final session will summarize the outcomes and ideas collected in the discussions throughout the day. To assist in the removal of existing obstacles, participants will agree on practical next steps and related activities to be delivered by the ICA and WP for 2012 and beyond. The Monitoring and dissemination of results of the activities will also be taken into account to ensure transparency and coordination with other relevant initiatives.

Chair: Alex RUGAMBA | Director of AfDB’s Regional Trade and Integration Department

Co-Chair: Dr. Klaus MUELLER | KfW Director East & West Africa, Sahel

Scheduled speakers (in alphabetical order):

Aly ABOU-SABAA  | Chairman of the AfDB Climate Change Coordination Committee
Akissa BAHRI  | Coordinator of the African Water Facility Commission (AUC)
Oludhe CHRISTOPHER | IGAD Climate Prediction & Application Centre, Scientist
Malte GROSSMANN  | GIZ, Coordinator TWRM
Ulrike HAUPT  | Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ), Head of Division Pan-Africa
Andreas HOLTKOTTE  | KfW, Head of Water & Sanitation SSA
Dr. Canisius KANANGIRE | Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Executive Secretary
Doris KOEHN  | KfW, Director General Africa & Middle East
Emanuel OLET | NBI/NELSAP Program Officer Water Resource Development
Phera RAMOELI | SADC Secretariat Senior Program Officer
Gustavo SALTIEL | World Bank Africa Ressource Water Unit, Program Manager
Harald SCHOELZEL | EIB Environment & Regional Development, Water Sector Engineer
Katsuyoshi SUDO | JICA, Deputy Director General, Global Environment Department
Bai-Mass TAAL  | Executive Secretary, African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW)
Mahamane TOURE | ECOWAS, Water Resource Coordination Unit, Regional Programs Officer
Rhoda Peace TUMUSIIME  | Commissioner for Rural Economy & Agriculture of the African Union
Stefan ZEEB | KfW Head of Stategy & Policy Division Water & Solid Waste

Invited Participants

ICA Members
G8 Countries and their institutions
Multilateral Banks

African Stakeholders
African Union/NEPAD & AMCOW
Regional Economic Communities/River Basin Organizations


The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) was launched at the G8 Gleneagles summit in 2005. The Consortium’s mission is to help improve the lives and economic well-being of millions across the African continent through support to increase investment for infrastructure development from public & private sources. As part of ICA’s work in fostering coordination on a sector level, a Water Platform was launched in May 2011 and led by Germany. The WP facilitates matchmaking between ICA Members and African Stakeholders in the Water Sector, including regular dialogue to encourage joint investment activities.

Related Documents

Final Agenda
1st ICA Water Platform Meeting

ICA Water Platform

See also

1st ICA Water Platform Meeting Presentations

ICA webpage for ICA Water Sector

Post-event press release for ICA Water Platform Meeting

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