EU water facilities

Context

To achieve the objectives of the European Water Initiative (EUWI), the ACP-EU Water Facility was established in 2004 with the primary objective of providing basic water and sanitation, improving the governance of water management in African - Caribbean - Pacific (ACP) countries. The Water Facility is a complement to the European Commission’s support, which is implemented through national and regional programs

Several projects presented by IOWater were selected in 2004 and 2006: "KPI-Key Performance Indicators", which aimed to develop pilot performance indicators for transboundary water management, both from governance and technical points of view. The "AWIS (African Water Documentation and Information System)" project has set up a network of African organizations that wish to communicate on their practices and share the information they have to the greatest number. AWIS builds its wealth on the diversity of its members.

IOWater also provided assistance to the Niger Basin Authority (NBA), as part of a project carried out by this Authority, to improve its planning tools.

The actions proposed by IOWater during the third call for proposals in 2010 met the second specific objective: To contribute to improving water governance and water resources management, sustainable development and maintenance of water structures (the first objective regarding drinking water supply and basic sanitation utilities). Two proposals established by IOWater and various partners were selected:

  • Support to water resources management in the Congo River Basin;
  • Capacity building of the Volta Basin Authority for the implementation of the priority actions of its Strategic Plan.

 

Who are the stakeholders involved?

The main beneficiaries of the actions implemented by IOWater under the ACP-EU Facility are the Transboundary Basin Organizations (International Commission of the Congo-Ubangui-Sangha Basin - CICOS, Volta Basin Authority - VBA, Niger Basin Authority - NBA) and the Member States of these basin organizations.

Other implementing partners include the Rhine-Meuse Water Agency, Solidarity Water Europe (SEE), Eau Vive and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Finally, the projects were co-financed by other donors such as the French Development Agency (AFD), German Cooperation and the French Water Agencies.

 

What is IOWater doing?

The activities carried out under the CICOS support project, started in 2012 for a three-year period, have been:

  • The organization of training courses on operational hydrology for the benefit of the General Secretariat of CICOS and the National Hydrological Services. This component is part of the Congo-HYCOS project under the supervision of the World Meteorological Organization;
  • Support to the implementation of a Master Plan for Water Development and Management (SDAGE) with a participatory approach. A Regional Dialogue Platform has been especially set up, bringing together Non-State Stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations in addition to State representatives.

The VBA support project is part of its 2010-2014 Strategic Plan for the improvement of the regional management of water resources and the sustainable development of the basin. In order to develop the capacities of the three bodies of the VBA (Stakeholder Forum, Committee of Experts and Executive Management), the project, among other things, enabled to prepare, from 2012 to 2015, the drafting of the Volta Basin Master Plan and the accompanying decision-making tool, as well as to provide support for the start-up of the Volta Basin Water Charter.