A new partnership between the African Water Association and ESAWAS was established by an MoU signed at the 20th AfWA International Congress and Exhibition.

This new partnership closes the loop among policy makers (AMCOW), regulators (ESAWAS) and service providers (AfWA). ESAWAS already has a partnership agreement with the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW). The partnerships will strengthen ESAWAS' Africa-wide reach and raise advocacy for regulation across the continent.

The African Water Association/Association Africaine De l’Eau (AfWA/AAE) is a professional association of institutions, businesses and traders operating in the water sector, sanitation and the environment in Africa. Originally, AfWA was created only by and for these actors known as “Active Members”. In 2020, about 40 years after its creation, AfWA is composed of 115 Corporate Members from 45 African countries. AfWA is headquartered in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The objectives of AfWA/AAE are to coordinate the search for knowledge and latest development in the technical, legal, administrative and economic fields for Drinking water production, supply and of sanitation; promote the exchange of information on methods, processes and procedures of drinking water production and supply and sanitation; and initiate, encourage and promote any action of cooperation and exchange in professional training.

The MoU with ESAWAS sets out a collaboration framework that encompasses the following:

  • Capacity Building and training: Capacity building efforts will be mutually beneficial to both and help to improve and develop capacity in regulators, Utilities and key relevant stakeholders to discharge their respective mandates to increase access to safe water supply and sanitation services. The two institutions will work collaboratively to create and/or strengthen the existing associations of water supply and sanitation regulators in other subregions in Africa.
  • Joint participation in relevant selected events:  This will facilitate information dissemination and advocacy on agreed topics/themes at organised learning and knowledge sharing events. 

  • Data Collection, Monitoring and Reporting:  Collaboration on data collection and the use of data/reports to influence policy, strategies, regulation and Utility performance at country level. This includes the development and supporting implementation of an Africa-wide performance monitoring and benchmarking system that would apply performance indicators that are consistent with those used in global networks (World Bank, IBNet) and with the UN’s SDG6 targets.
  • Sharing relevant information and knowledge: Information and knowledge which relate to the common objectives of both will be shared to add value to  activities and programmes.  This includes advocacy efforts and collecting good practices and supporting their replication and implementation.


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