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Système de suivi et d'evaluation du Secteur de l’Eau en Afrique

The Sharm el SheikhCommitments marked a step-change in the implementation and achievement of Africa Water Vision 2025 as well as MDG targets on Water and Sanitation in Africa. Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030

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Report of the Africa Focus at the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm PDF Imprimer Envoyer
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Jeudi, 19 Septembre 2013 11:51

The Africa Focus session convened by the Africa Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Africa Union Commission was held Tuesday, 3rd September 2013 during the World Water Week in Stockholm. The theme of the session was “Shared Waters, Shared Benefits” and co-convened by the African Water Facility / African Development Bank, European Union Water Initiative – Africa Working Group, and the Global Water Partnership.

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11th AMCOW EXCO Holding June 6th 2013 now Cairo PDF Imprimer Envoyer
Écrit par Oseloka Zikora   
Vendredi, 22 Février 2013 11:37
The venue of the 11th AMCOW Executive Committee has been shifted from Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt to Intercontinental CityStars, Cairo, Egypt. The date remains June 6th 2013.
The AMCOW EXCO will be preceded by the AMCOW Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting from 3rd - 4th May 2013 at the same venue.
More information on the meeting will be posted later.
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French Embassy Signs MOU with African Ministers Council on Water...Pledges France Support for Water Development in Africa PDF Imprimer Envoyer
Écrit par Oseloka Zikora   
Vendredi, 21 Septembre 2012 14:30

Abuja: 21st September 2012

France has pledged continued support to efforts aimed at driving enabling policy for improving access to water and sanitation in Africa. French Ambassador in Nigeria, Jacques Champagne De Labriolle made the pledge Thursday 20th September 2012 while signing a Memorandum of Understanding to assist the activities of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) Secretariat in Abuja.

The agreement is expected to support AMCOW, a Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union, provide documentation for French speaking member countries on the reporting of the implementation of the AU Heads of State Sharm el-Sheikh commitments on water and sanitation in the continent. Responding, AMCOW Executive Secretary, Bai Mass Taal noted that France has consistently provided donor support to many African countries in the provision of water supply and safe sanitation, as well as the efficient management of trans-boundary waters. The Executive Secretary noted particularly the significant support given by France in the establishment of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) and the African Water Facility (AWF), an AMCOW initiative hosted in the African Development Bank. “I commend most especially the recent pledge of 40 million Euros made by France toward the replenishment of the funding for the two initiatives during the World Water Forum in Marseille, France this year”, said Taal.



The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) was formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the management of water resources and provision of water supply services. AMCOW’ mission is to provide political leadership, policy direction and advocacy in the provision, use and management of water resources for sustainable social and economic development and maintenance of African ecosystems.

AU Heads of State Sharm El Sheikh Declaration on Water and Sanitation

Sharm El Sheikh Commitments for Accelerating the Achievement of Water and Sanitation Goals in Africa (Assembly/AU/Decl.1 (XI) was adopted by African Heads of State and Government at its 11th Ordinary session in July 2008 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt mandates AMCOW to develop an implementation strategy and annually report on progress made in the implementation of our commitment on water and sanitation with support from regional partners, and to submit these reports for our consideration;


The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) aims at accelerating access to improved rural water supply and sanitation facilities in Africa, in a sustainable way. The Initiative seeks to help mobilize as well as facilitate the flow of available and potential resources to accelerate investment in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) in Africa, with goal to reach 80 percent coverage by the year 2015. The Initiative supports the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the reduction of poverty. RWSSI was adopted in 2005 by AfDB’s main international development partners and African governments as a common framework, at the first International Conference on the RWSSI held in Paris April 1st, 2005.


The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW). It is hosted and managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The overall purpose of the Facility is to assist African countries to mobilize and apply resources for the Water and Sanitation sector to help enable them to successfully implement the Africa Water Vision (2025) and meet the MDGs (2015). The AWF began its operations in 2006.

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Caribbean Ministers Endorse the Establishment of the Caribbean Ministerial Forum on Water (CAMFOW) PDF Imprimer Envoyer
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Lundi, 15 Octobre 2012 10:59

Caribbean Ministers at the meeting which endorsed the establishment of CAMFOWGood things are happening in the Caribbean. Nine Ministers including 2 Deputy Prime Ministers from the Caribbean endorsed the establishment of the Caribbean Ministerial Forum on Water (CAMFOW) building on the AMCOW experience. AMCOW Executive Secretary Bai Mass Taal shared the AMCOW Experience with the Ministers in an inspirational feature presentation.

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Mise à jour le Mardi, 06 Novembre 2012 11:37
2012 World Water Week Africa Focus Day PDF Imprimer Envoyer
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Vendredi, 31 Août 2012 10:38
AMCOW President and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr Mohamed Bahaa El-Din opened the Africa Focus Day at the World Water Week with an emphasis on the need to sustain AMCOW’s goal to utilize water resources for growth and development in the continent. At the event held Tuesday August 28th 2012 in Stockholm, Dr El Din said “Water for Growth – in all of its important and significant connections – should henceforth be elevated to the level of political attention and implementation priority that has been accorded to drinking water and sanitation over the last ten years.” Read the full speech.
This year’s Africa Focus Day attracted over two hundred and fifty participants including AMCOW Ministers, water experts, development partners, civil society and AMCOW friends. Ministers who graced the occasion included the AMCOW President, Dr Bahaa El-Din of Egypt, Dr Salem Mohamed Rashrash, Minister, General Water Resources Authority, Libya / AMCOW Vice President, North Africa, Dr Laurent G. Sedogo, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Burkina Faso, Hon Seifdeen Abdallah, Minister for Water, Sudan, and Hon Julien Reboza, Minister of Water, Madagascar. Others were Hon. Betty Bigombe, Minister of State for Water, Uganda, Hon Gersh Kebede, Minister of State, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopia, Hon. Rejoice-Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa, and Hon Charles Zulu, Deputy Minister for Water, Zambia.
The Africa Focus seminars explored the themes “Water Security: Opportunities for the 21st Century” and “Managing Africa’s Water Resources: Challenges an d Opportunities.” At seminar 1, AMCOW Executive Secretary, Bai Mass Taal made a presentation on “Key Messages From Marseille - Cairo- Rio +20” setting the stage for a high powered discussion panel featuring Prof. A Szollosi-Nagy, Rector, UNESCO-IHE Institute, Delphi, Mr. Hama Arba Diallo, Chair of GWP Regional Chairs, and Akissa Bahri, Co-ordinator of Africa Water Facility.
A presentation on “2012 Africa Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches in Water Resources Management” introduced another lively panel discussion featuring Dr. Khalil M Timamy, (AUC) Maarten Gischler, DGIS, Netherlands, Gustavo Saltiel, (CIWA), Dr. Themba Gumbo (Cap-Net), Mr Andre Fourie, Head: Sustainability, South African Breweries (WEF-WRG), Dr Ahmed Wagdy (Advisor to AMCOW President), and Dr Stephen Donkor, Snr Regional Adviser, WRDM, UNECA.
Africa in 2040- Water as a Catalyst for Pan African Integration and Development” and “Water and Sanitation Delivery in Africa: Beyond 2015.” Presentations during the session include:
Seminar 2 featured two sessions: “
Two panel discussion panels moderated by Alex Simalabwi (GWP) and Nelson Gomonda (WaterAid) followed with Bai Mass Taal, AMCOW Executive Secretary, Phera Ramoeli (SADC), Akissa Bahri, Coordinator, Africa Water Facility (AfDB) Baker Yiga, (ANEW), Heather Skilling, (USAID), Bethlehem Mengistu (WaterAid), Sylvain Usher (AfWA), and Sanjay Wijesekera (UNICEF) participating.
The day was rounded off with a High Level Ministerial Panel. The Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa, Hon. Rejoice-Mabudafhasi presented the outcomes of the Africa Youth Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 2nd to the 6th July 2012 under the banner of AMCOW. Download report
1. Our efforts to improve governance of the water sector should focus on improving the effectiveness of the institutional linkages between AUC, AMCOW, RECs, R/LBOs and member states.
2. It is important to place water as an engine of growth. Without that most of on-going efforts for development in Africa may not deliver the desired outcomes.
3. Without shifting focus from water supply and sanitation, it is vital to also raise the priority given to water for food, energy and industrial production.
4. It goes without saying that the achievements of AMCOW in the last decade could not have been possible without the immense support of AMCOW’s development cooperation and funding partners.
5. The immeasurable financial commitment of AMCOW’s partners need to be matched by the contributions of AMCOW member states. Domestic funding solutions to development programmes ensure ownership and provide better sustainability.
6. Governments are advised revise their intentions for endorsing new commitments until previous commitments are met or at least reasons for delays have been identified and analysed especially regarding MDGs. Feasible alternatives for reaching the sanitation goals have to be specified to overcome the existing huge African in-equalities. Furthermore, mobilizing the political will is a pre – requisite to achieve commitments.
7. Establishing a functional Enabling Environment is a pre-requisite to sustainable development, as identified several years before, we need to continue creating such an enabling environment for harnessing water resources for growth and development.
8. Continue building capacities within the water sector. 300% more capacities are required. A proper mechanism for capacity building has to be in effect. This has to be driven by governments.
- Enhance technology transfer and capacities for Africa
- Local Centres of Excellence are much needed and could be supported by Peer to Peer cooperation.
9. Horizontal integration across the water sector is much needed. Decisions have to be streamlined between water, agriculture, environment, energy, and finance sectors.
10. Need to tie national visions to African Vision.
11. Promote Regional and Basin wide IWRM as one package and link it to National IWRM Plans.
12. Water should be treated as a business opportunity rather than a risk opportunity, while recognising water as a social commodity; several examples exist to support this.
13. Water is a UNITING FACTOR.
14. Sustainability of water sector projects is the key to attract private investments.
15. Identify explicitly the requirements for good bankable project, to gain a higher opportunity for funding when submitted to development partners (with positive and sustainable Social and Environment impacts, and pertaining to achievement of the African Vision 2025 and AMCOW’s WORK PLAN, national and regional policies and strategies). A well-established mechanism to help nations in making their proposals bankable is needed. In this regard we acknowledge the efforts by AWF, PIDA and ICA.
16. Proper M&E systems are required for effective follow up and reporting on progress. We acknowledge the efforts by AMCOW and its partners to achieve such goals.
17. Data management in all of its prospects need to be enhanced. Starting at the national level, data collection, processing, sharing, and support for decision making have to be further developed.
18. Promote moving towards green cities paradigm
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