AWF commits €1.6 billion to continental water, sanitation projects


    The African Water Facility (AWF) has committed 1.6 billion euros to implement water and sanitation projects in the region.

    AWF Chairman, Suleiman Adamu, said this at the opening of the Sixth General Assembly of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday. Adamu said no fewer than 3.2 million people are expected to benefit from access to improved sanitation and over 2.8 million of them would have access to improved drinking water sources.

    He said the AWF was ambitious in its goal towards developing the region’s water sector to achieve water security in line with the Africa Water Vision 2025, which entails a sustainable access to a safe and adequate water supply and sanitation to meet the basic needs of all.

    Adamu, who is also Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, said these bankable projects are direct contributions to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said already, member states have committed 922 million euros for the implementation of follow-up projects, which were relevant to total development of the sector.

    He said the AWF was committed to developing the sector, hence the focus on targeting cross-cutting issues of climate change, environment protection, gender and social equity.

    “As part of its climate change strategy, the AWF prioritises projects in water harvesting, conservation, storage, recycling and re-use, and the use of renewable energy to power water stations and infrastructures”.

    Adamu expressed hope that all member states would reach a consensus on all deliberations, thereby taking the region to its next level. He called on member states to pay up their pledges for project scale-up, saying by the end of 2018, an estimated 44 million euros would be needed.