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October 10, 2016

Côte d’Ivoire: AfDB Lauds Africa’s Web-based Water Sector Monitoring and Reporting System

Aaron Kaah Yancho
October 10, 2016

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has lauded the initiative by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to deploy web-based system to track and report on the implementation of global and regional commitments on water and sanitation in Africa.

Mohammed El Azizi, Director of the Water and Sanitation department of the AfDB who also doubles as director of the African Water Facility Trust Fund disclosed this while welcoming the AMCOW Executive Secretary, Dr. Canisius Kanangire to the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan for the training on the web-based M&E system for stakeholders and member-states from francophone countries in Africa.

While restating the bank’s commitment to supporting the continent’s quest to achieve the sustainable development goals ahead of the 2030 target, El Aziz affirmed that “the development of a Web-based Monitoring and Reporting System marks a new milestone in the water and sanitation sector in Africa in line with the global quest for data revolution and evidence-based policy making.”

(L-R) Mohammed El Azizi, Director of the Water and Sanitation department of the AfDB and AMCOW Executive Secretary, Dr. Canisius Kanangire

(L-R) Mohammed El Azizi, Director of the Water and Sanitation department of the AfDB and AMCOW Executive Secretary, Dr. Canisius Kanangire

“We express our readiness to support AMCOW in monitoring and reporting on progress towards achieving not just African commitments, for which efforts to monitor progress towards attainment are constrained by the lack of baseline data, but also the SDGs which provide a great opportunity to establish baselines for both regional and global indicator frameworks,” El Azizi added.

Responding, AMCOW’s Executive Secretary Dr. Canisius Kanangire acknowledged AfDB’s longstanding commitment to the development of the African water and sanitation sector as evidenced through the Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), the African Water Facility, and several others which go a long a way in increasing access to the clean and safe water on the continent.

“With more support and cooperation of the AfDB, we will be able to strengthen the AMCOW secretariat in its mission of providing effective political leadership in the Water and sanitation sector as well as achieving the Africa Water Vision 2025,”Dr. Kanangire said.

The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative led by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilise resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa. It is hosted and managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Over its past decade of operation, the AWF developed a portfolio of grants covering 104 projects in 52 countries including Africa’s most vulnerable states.

The AWF strives to mobilise and apply financial and human resources in ensuring water security in Africa, thereby contributing to meeting the targets and goals established by the Africa Water Vision 2025 and the Millennium Development Goals.

The AWF supports the delivery of the Africa Water Vision 2025 which will result in enhanced equitable and sustainable development and management of African water resources for poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, regional cooperation, the environment and resilience to water-related disaster and climate change.

July 22, 2016

Africa Water Week: Panel Urges Increased Transparency in Water Resource Management in Africa

WaterSan Perspective Reporter
July 22, 2016

CORRUPTION has been identified as one of the biggest problems that has affected the water sector not to function as expected on the African continent.

The vice which according to Transparency International (TI) is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain is unfortunately very widespread taking many forms – the small scale corruption in bribing to get connection for which one is not entitled to or quicker.

African leaders at the opening plenary of the AMCOW General Assembly

African leaders at the opening plenary of the AMCOW General Assembly

Executive Director of Water Integrity Network (WIN), Frank van der Valk during the second day technical session on “what policy shifts are needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals” on the sideline of the Africa Water Week conference in Dar es Salaam said the sum of the small scale corruption together amount to pretty large amount of money.

Valk says people taking wrong decisions which are geared to specific interest for themselves or groups they represent rather than trying to solve the challenges that SDGs require is common in many African countries.

“Diversion of funds for purposes that they are not intended to, the appointment of people that are not qualified for the job because they are friends and appointing wrong people have continued to hinder the water sector,” Valk says. He suggested it is timely to now have a broad initiative led by institutions such as African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) who are the major players on the continent to work on increasing integrity in African countries.

According to him African countries need capacity building at different stages both at government level and civil society organisations to help increase accountability in the sector.

Valk stressed the need for more involvement of civil society within major water programmes to ensure that those who execute the programmes are held accountable to the beneficiaries of the programme.

“We think that both governments and funders need to much more at the start of the project, include the right mechanisms to ensure the involvement of civil society and also to ensure proper financial management,” he says adding that financial management is lacking on the continent. Noting down some of the good examples of proper financial management on the continent, Valk says when proper mechanisms are in place before a project starts, positive results are usually visible.

In Burkina Faso, the building of the Ziga dam was documented where complete restructuring of the implementing organisation ONEA was carried out to ensure proper project delivery.
Kenya Water Trust is another good example of proper management because of proper mechanism in place to ensure project delivery.

He bemoaned the fact that too many people still do not enjoy their human rights to water and sanitation access and that the challenge is how to achieve it due to rampant corruption.

Water Integrity Network works with partners on the continent promoting water integrity and making sure governments take it serious as a subject.

Water integrity also develops tools to be used by governments and civil society organizations to strengthen the integrity in the organization and decision making.

Senegalese director of Environment and Sustainable Development Amadou Lamine Ndiaye said a new strategy for improving the management of water resources on the Senegal River basin has been launched. “Sharing good practices of different river basins helps to have shared interests and understanding of communities that are involved in the river basins.”

October 11, 2014

CCDA-IV: AfDB launches €33million ClimDev Africa Special Fund

Kofi Adu Domfeh
October 11, 2014

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a €33million Fund on the sidelines of the Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) in Marrakesh, Morocco.

The ClimDev Africa Special Fund is aimed at building regional capacities in climate information gathering and dissemination to overcome challenges posed by climate change.

The first ‘Call for Proposals’ offers private and public sector institutions and organizations the opportunity to access financing to build viable, reliable and regular climate information sources.

Coordinator for Special Initiatives at the AfDB, Ken Johm, says though the Fund is not enough to meet climate information needs of Africa, he hopes it will “be demonstrative enough that others can also benefit and learn from such experiences”.

African Development Bank Logo

African Development Bank Logo

Climate change makes Africa’s poor, especially smallholder farmers, increasingly vulnerable – with about 37 percent of the continent at risk desertification.

There is therefore the need to stimulate growth through the translation of climate information into practical action.

The AfDB has committed to support countries adapt to the negative effects of climate change, ensure food security and support good land, water and forestry management good practices.

Climate information services enable better integration of the water, energy and land nexus, which are critical along the entire agricultural commodity value chain, says Dr. Fatima Denton, Coordinator of the Africa Climate Policy Center (ACPC).

“Our deepest conviction is that climate change remains a double edge sword,” she said. “It constitutes the greatest challenge of our times, but it is also Africa’s greatest opportunity to widen out ripples of prosperity across our continent.”

The Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme is entrusted with a mandate to improve climate information services in support of African development agenda. It is jointly implemented by the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AFDB).

Consolidating the potential for agriculture, using climate information services, will have a multiplier effect in catering for our youth, shared prosperity, and providing food, water and energy security, observed Dr. Denton.

September 12, 2014

Malawi: Water User Associations (WUAs) Bear Fruits

George Mhango
September 12, 2014

The Government of Malawi says the recently introduced Water User Associations (WUAs) in rural areas and market centres is bearing fruits.

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB) Malawi office, previously, rural piped water supply schemes were managed by voluntary organizations, called Scheme Management Committees to strengthen the sustainability of piped rural water supply schemes.
However, many of these schemes were not functioning properly, and as a result over 45% of the taps were not operational.

One of the water Kiosks in Ndirande Malawi where communal ownership is a problem

One of the water Kiosks in Ndirande Malawi where communal ownership is a problem

The WUAs are legal entities, which operate as “small water boards” at community level. They are, responsible for overseeing operation and maintenance of the rural piped schemes. As legal entities, WUAs aim to provide improved levels of service to their members through a Board of Trustees (BOT).

“In order to ensure efficiency in service delivery, WUAs will employee utility operators to manage the schemes, including collecting funds from consumer charges,” says the office as said in their newly introduced e-newsletter.

The office says funds collected are used for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the water supply schemes, thereby improving levels of service and sustaining the water supply infrastructure in line with measures to promote Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in rural areas.

“In order to facilitate the establishment of the WUAs, Malawi’s government developed guidelines to assist Implementing Entities and other service providers in establishing the Associations. WUA Training Manuals were also produced to assist different users to develop the competencies required to manage the water and sanitation systems efficiently and effectively. This is aimed at cost recovery and is done on a ‘willingness and ability to pay’ basis,” it says.

Water reforms have produced significant impacts on development, including improvements to drinking water access

Water reforms have produced significant impacts on development, including improvements to drinking water access

Tariff Guidelines have also been developed to assist WUAs and other stakeholders to set and implement realistic tariffs for rural water supply schemes. For the authorities in Malawi, this will improve their financial resource bases and ensure the sustainability of the systems.

Since the WUA management model is transitioning from a voluntary organization to a commercial entity, there are several challenges that need to be tackled with time. However, with the first WUAs established and registered to date, the experience has been encouraging. An initial assessment has shown that some of the WUAs have achieved financial break-even between expenses and income from fees.

Some have also started expanding their systems and installing more household connections.

According to the AfDB in Malawi, the success of this management model would alleviate the burden of supporting the piped schemes from the government and render the schemes more sustainable and productive. Nevertheless during the initial stages, as the WUAs are being established and the concept rolled out, the Associations need to be provided with limited operating expenses.

September 12, 2014

AfDB Launches E-Newsletter to Champion Water Issues

George Mhango
September 12, 2014

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched the inaugural RWSSI e-newsletter, which gives an overview of its recent activities in the rural water supply and sanitation sector under the bank’s Water and Sanitation Department (OWAS).

In the e-newsletter, OWAS has defined three strategic pillars, aligned with the bank’s vision for the next decade such as developing sustainable infrastructure and services for water security; promoting sector governance and knowledge management and; enhancing water sector collaboration and co-ordination to achieve integrated water resources management.

Most African countries struggle to provide access to water and sanitation to their people

Most African countries struggle to provide access to water and sanitation to their people

According to the bank’s statement, such focus areas apply to both the urban and rural water and sanitation sector, which the bank management says are in line with Ten Year Strategy (TYS 2013-2022).

The strategy stipulates that in order ‘to drive sustainable growth, Africa must develop and manage its vast natural resources sustainably, with water central to agriculture, energy, health, industry and mining’.

The statement says the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) is an Africa-wide initiative, managed by the African Development Bank in close collaboration with the African Ministers’ Council on Water, civil society and governments.

The RWSSI is a regional framework for mobilizing partners, knowledge and investments needed to meet development goals in Africa’s rural areas.

Some of the issues in the e-newsletter include that water projects are funded through contributions from the bank, bilateral and multilateral agencies, African governments, communities and the RWSSI Trust Fund.

African Development Bank Logo

African Development Bank Logo

On the other hand the statement says the initiative supports rural water and sanitation projects and programmes with funding, advocacy and knowledge building so as to provide full and equitable access to safe, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation in rural Africa by 2025.

According to the statement, the e-newsletter is aimed at giving an overview of the bank’s recent activities in the rural water supply and sanitation sector.

The newsletter is also available via the Bank’s web-site at:

April 2, 2013

Ghana Remains Upbeat On Water and Sanitation MDG

George Mhango in Tunis
April 02, 2013

Countries or government should be held accountable once they fail to provide water and sanitation services and resources to the masses.

This is according to some of the delegates that attended the launch of the Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) for the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia last week.

The committee launched on March 27, 2013 consists of 18 members. It has a lead role to play in advocacy and promotion of resource mobilization for the Rural Water and Sanitation programs, facilitation of regional and international awareness, inter-governmental coordination, knowledge sharing and peer review and promotion of national and regional monitoring and reporting among others functions.

It will be supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), which launched the RWSSI in 2003 in a mission to ensure universal access to water and sanitation by 2015 and beyond if governments apply for funds from AfDB’s trust fund basket.

African Development Bank Logo

African Development Bank Logo

For the AfDB, the adoption of the RCC is the only solution that will ensure that rural communities are provided with water and sanitation services, thereby curbing the many water challenges and sanitation hiccups faced in many countries.

While, Malawi and Zambia are said to be struggling according to Water Aid, an international organization and the two respective governments due to lack of investments, Ghana seems to be making positive progress.

The Ghanaian Government has since vowed to continue making provision of safe drinking water and improved sanitation a priority to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) by 2015.

The country, despite its efforts to provide water to both rural and town dwellers, has not managed to achieve the MDG, with just two years to go, something water and sanitation campaigners say need more resources.

Dr Joseph Kwado Asenso from Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning said this during his presentation dubbed ‘Funding Allocations to Rural Water and Sanitation’ at a two-day meeting on rural water supply and sanitation initiative RWSSI held in Tunisia with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Asenso pointed out that since water and sanitation are two of the key drivers of infrastructure development in Ghana in the medium to long term, government is initiating a sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project.

He said: “The project is targeted to improve access to water and sanitation for 600 000 people in specific areas through a 5-year 20 000 borehole delivery programme; and peri-urban, rural and small-towns water and sanitation project.”

Water problems in developing countries are acute and complex

Water problems in developing countries are acute and complex

Asenso added that the percentage of population with sustainable access to safe drinking water sources stands at 63.3 for rural areas and 63.4 percent for urban centers, a clear signal that the MDG target has not been met because the required percentage is 70.

“Ghana’s Development Partners have come in strongly to assist Government in the effort to increase access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. At 79.1 percent, the budget of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing is donor-dependent,” he said.

He further said as part of efforts to address the deficit in water provision in schools, the government has decided, as a priority over the medium term, to ensure that all primary, junior and senior high schools in the country have access to clean and potable water.

“This is why in our sustainable rural water and sanitation project, there will be the drilling of 1 200 new boreholes; rehabilitation of 400 old boreholes; 40 limited mechanised water facilities; and 29 small town systems,” Asenso stated.

To underscore, the fact that Ghana is committed to providing water and tangible services to the rural masses, the Ministry of Finance and the Rural Water and Sanitation Sector have collaborated informally over the years.

“MOF has received a formal invitation to serve on a Committee on Rural Water and Sanitation” Asenso explained.

To this effect, Asenso added voice to the launch of the Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) that will promote, coordinate and lobby for resources issues of rural water supply and sanitation among countries in Africa to achieve the MDG.

Asenso explained: “Need to make the implementation of country commitments to water and sanitation a trigger to the release of donor funds; need for improved sector coordination; need for sector-wide investment plans to rehabilitate and expand distribution networks; need to develop adequate sanitation facilities, among others.”

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

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