The European Union Water Initiative and policy issues
When there is goodwill…
Most nations of planet earth have agreed upon international Water principles. The EUWI is contributing to reinforce political commitment towards these principles. This political commitment leads to tailor-made tools, policy options and recommendations. Policies are implemented according to the country needs where they apply.
There is cooperation…
EUWI objectives require a strong support from the European Union and its Member States (MS). Several MS are involved in promoting National Policy Dialogues (NPDs) in partner countries from different world regions. The EUWI is entailing four regional components: Africa, EECCA (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia), Mediterranean, and Latin America.
… which brings results
NPD objectives are to facilitate participation and communication between stakeholders in order to build efficient strategies for the water sector. EUWI members' work has been leading to high-level declarations 1) improving commitment to Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and water management; 2) influencing Poverty Reduction Strategies and allocation of resources.
- Protection of water resources and integrated sustainable water management in the European Union and beyond - Council conclusions3103rd ENVIRONMENT Council meetingLuxembourg, 21 June22 Jun 2011 - 10:46
- World Water Day: Commission launches €4022 Mar 2011 - 10:41
- 2 Mar 2011 - 12:20
- 8 Dec 2010 - 15:37
- EECCA, REGIONAL
- AFRICA, REGIONAL
- GEORGIA | EECCA, REGIONAL
The African Water Facility
The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative led by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) hosts the Facility on the request of AMCOW.
AWF applies fast-approval and flexible procedures and can provide support to communities as well as to national and multinational institutions.
More about Water Facilities
The latest information on the African and the European Water facilities( collaboration and joint documents beetween EUWI and the facilities) .
The European Union Water Facility
To support the EU Water Initiative (EUWI), the European Union (EU) in 2004 launched a 500 million euro Water Facility for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries under the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) – the single biggest EU allocation ever for water and sanitation projects. This Facility, targeting developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, aims to boost the sustainable delivery of water and sanitation infrastructure and to improve water governance and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) practices by helping to address the financing gap.
The ACP-EU Water Facility invited proposals from national and local governments, municipalities and civil society organisations for co-financed water and sanitation programmes and projects in ACP countries: they ranged from sector-wide and cross-boundary water strategies, including capacity building and educational programmes on the importance of water, to community projects that ensure the adequate provision of water for drinking and household uses, hygiene and basic sanitation, and the safe disposal of contaminated water.
A new allocation of €200 Million from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) has been allocated to the new Water Facility and two calls for proposals will be published at the beginning of 2010. The ACP-EU Water Facility was set up in 2004, with the principal objective of providing water and basic sanitation to the poor, and to improve water management governance in African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.