The Africa Working Group works with water supply, sanitation and water resources management issues in Africa
What is the Africa Working Group (AWG)?
The Africa Working Group (AWG) is one of the ‘regional components’ of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI) and is responsible for its activities in Africa. The purpose of this partnership is to make an effective joint (Africa-Europe) contribution to the achievement of water supply, sanitation and water resources management related goals in sub-Saharan Africa.
The AWG emerged from the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership on Water Affairs and Sanitation, signed in September 2002 during the World Summit on Sustainable Development by the Presidents of South Africa, Nigeria, the European Union and the European Commission. More info
The AWG has members coming from the Technical Advisory Committee of the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW-TAC), the European Union Member States (EU MS), the European Commission (EC), civil society, financing institutions, knowledge institutions and the private sector. The diversity of its membership is considered to be one of the strengths of the AWG. Its membership is open to organisations active in the fields of policy dialogue and national policy framework development, accountability and transparency, and donor harmonisation.
The AWG is co-chaired by the AMCOW-TAC and an annually rotating EU member state, while a ‘troika’ consisting of the present chair, outgoing chair and incoming chair functions as the operational management body. The AMCOW-TAC acts as the strategic counterpart to the troika of the AWG. Day-to-day work of the AWG is enhanced through a support team hosted by UNDP and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), in Stockholm, Sweden.
The work plan consists of the following activity areas:
• Support to implementation of declarations
• Aid effectiveness & efficiency in the WSS sector in Africa
• Strengthening partnerships and stakeholder involvement between EU Commission, EU Member States and African Partners
• Advocacy, knowledge sharing, dissemination and visibility
To enhance its effectiveness, the AWG has adopted the following working principles:
• Close cooperation with and strong involvement of AMCOW-TAC and the AU
• Alignment and cooperation with other international actors and Africa focused activities, like UN-Water, AfDB, WSP, G8, GF4A etc
• Improving communications with the members and stakeholders of the AWG
• Bilingual operations (FR, EN)
The study was launched at the 4th Africa Water Week in Cairo, and the results were also reflected in the ministerial declaration of the same conference. To discuss the results more in detail with relevant stakeholders, AMCOW and the EUWI AWG organized technical sessions around the report both at the 4th Africa Water Week and the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm.
Please see also our newsletters for more recent results (see link under Group Pages to the right).
- Financial Support to Transboundary Water Cooperation/ Assistance financière à la coopération pour les eaux transfrontalières
Launch of the report on Financial Support to Transboundary Water Cooperation in Africa, sponsored by the Africa Working Group of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI AWG) with the support of UNDP. A new report from the Africa Working Group of the EU Water Initiative, ...
- National consultations on water in the post-2015 development agenda/Consultations nationales thématiques sur l´eau
A series of ...
- EUWI AWG Newsletter April 2013 // Bulletin de l'IEE GTA avril 2013
Please click the link below to access our newsletter published in April 2013: EUWI AWG newsletter
To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the establishment of the EUWI and to highlight its evolution and key achievements, a video ‘EU Water Initiative: Perspectives of Implementing Partners’ has been produced.
The video can be viewed by clicking on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5My3YpQGe8&feature=em-upload_owner
African voices on water presented to the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agendaSubmitted by Johanna Sjödin on 13-February-2013 - 0 Comments | 1 files | 1865 reads
The outcomes of the full day consultation session on water in the post-2015 development agenda, on 29 January 2013, were presented the following day by Bai Mass Taal, executive secretary of AMCOW, to the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post 2015 development agenda at their meeting in Monrovia, Liberia.
UNECE launches project to improve access to clean water and adequate sanitation in the Republic of MoldovaSubmitted by Elina Mirzoeva on 30-November-2012 - 0 Comments | 0 file | 2505 reads
The first Steering Committee meeting of a new project led by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to improve access to clean water and adequate sanitation in the Republic of Moldova took place on 21 November 2012 in Chisinau.