With $7.5 billion investments leveraged to date, the AIP is transforming the investment outlook for climate resilient water security and sustainable sanitation in Africa.
Implementation of the African Union’s AIP will be strengthened by three separate multimillion US dollar programmes funded by the Green Climate Fund, World Bank Group, and the European Union as announced during the 37th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. The AIP’s...
It is with profound sadness that the Secretariat of the International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa observes the passing of H.E. Hage Geingob, the third President of the Republic of Namibia and Co-Chair of the International High-Level Panel on Water...
The African Union Commission (AUC) and International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa have launched the Africa Water Investment Action Plan outlining how the continent countries can mobilise the additional US$30 billion per year they need to...
On 6 September 2023, African Heads of State and Government committed to support implementation of the Continental Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP) as part of the Nairobi Declaration on climate change.
On 7 February 2021, during the 34th ordinary session of African Union Summit, the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government adopted the AIP transboundary projects as part of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa – Priority Action Plan 2 under the Continental Africa Water Investment Programme.
The AU Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy (2022-2032) recognizes the AIP as a flagship initiative for transforming water systems.
Our 2030 impact targets
Leveraged towards climate resilient water and sanitation investments
People benefit from resilient water investments and economic opportunities
Indirect jobs for vulnerable, poor youth and women.
Direct jobs created through climate resilient water and sustainable sanitation
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Africa’s Water Investment Gap is Growing
Delivery of water investments across Africa is below target to meet the continent’s growing needs. It is estimated that at least $30 billion additional finance needs to be mobilised annually by 2030 to meet Sustainable Development Goal 6 target on water and sanitation. Currently, only US$10-US$19 billion is invested each year.
The water investment requirement is even larger for Africa to achieve the Africa Water Vision 2025, which requires an annual investment of US$64 billion/year, according to the African Development Bank.
The AIP is designed to narrow Africa’s water investment gap
Establish a High-level Panel at Heads of States level, strengthen political commitment and leadership
Assess the need for an International Blended investment Mechanism to leverage public- private partnership finance and investments
Promote gender equality, climate resilience and empowerment of women and girls in water investments
Develop and implement a water investment scorecard to enhance mutual accountability, transparency, efficiency and track progress in mobilisation of water investments
Develop capacity to formulate and implement regional, transboundary, and national water investment programmes to narrow the water investment gap
Enabling environment for water governance and capacity to access finance, enhance efficiency and sustainability of investments in water, sanitation and environmental protection improved
The AIP enhances transparency and accountability in mobilisation of investments, track progress, set benchmarks, identify bottlenecks, and take action to meet Africa’s water investment and financing needs.
The AIP promotes access to blended public-private finance for water security investments and adoption of innovative financing instruments; sovereign wealth funds, pensions, guarantees, private equity, climate finance, and others.
The AIP promotes gender equality and empowerment of women, and foster integration of gender into institutional and decision-making processes of water investment programmes and implementation.
The AIP develop water security, sanitation investment programmes and promote integration of water into economic planning and implementation of SDG 6 related targets on energy, food, ecosystems, health, and others.
AIP TARGET BENEFICIARY COUNTRIES
The AIP supports countries in all sub-regions of Africa. The following countries were approved as initial beneficiaries in the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa Priority Action Plan 2 (PIDA-PAP 2). Other countries will be added on a rolling basis to ensure every country benefits.
Since 2020, over 40 countries have initiated relevant actions to close the water investment gap towards 2030 SDG 6 on water and sanitation and create jobs