The AIP is transforming the investment outlook for water security and sustainable sanitation for a prosperous, peaceful, and equitable Africa

The Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government adopted the Continental Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP) as part of Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa – Priority Action Plan 2 (PIDA-PAP 2) during the 34th ordinary session of African Union summit on 7 February 2021.

Our 2030 impact targets

$30 billion

Leveraged towards climate resilient water and sanitation investments

250 million

People benefit from resilient water investments and economic opportunities

4 million

Indirect jobs for vulnerable, poor youth and women.

1 million

Direct jobs created through climate resilient water and sustainable sanitation

Africa’s water crisis is growing

Delivery of water investments across Africa is below target to meet the continent’s growing needs. US$64 billion/year needs to be invested in water security to meet Africa Water Vision 2025 and SDG targets, according to the African Development Bank. In reality, only US$10-US$19 billion is invested each year.

The AIP aims to narrow the water investments gap of US$45-US$54 billion/year by mobilising US$30 billion/year by 2030.

The AIP is designed to narrow Africa’s water investment gap


Strengthen political commitment and leadership by establishing an International High-Level Panel at Heads of States level


Develop a Water Investment Scorecard to track progress in mobilising investments and addressing bottlenecks


Mobilise blended investment finance and leverage public-private partnership finance


Strengthen the enabling environment, investment climate, and business case for water


Address bottlenecks of project preparation and enhance transaction management capacity


Implement climate resilient regional and national water investments programmes and address gender transformation, women empowerment, youth, and social inclusion


AIP SDG Water Investments

The AIP facilitates the complex design, planning, and implementation of projects using water resources that cross country borders.

AIP Climate Resilience

The AIP supports the design of water projects that are fit for purpose, climate resilient, and sensitive to gender inbalances.

AIP Transboundary PIDA Water Investments

The AIP facilitates the complex design, planning, and implementation of projects using water resources that cross country borders.

AIP Water Investment Scorecard

A data-driven approach To rally political leadership and commitment to transform the investment outlook for water and sanitation towards the realisation of SDG 6.

“We need to support national efforts to strengthen the investment climate for water investment by defining a new narrative on water security – one that is rooted in mutual accountability and peer-to-peer learning.”

His Excellency President Jakaya Kikwete
Fourth President of Republic of Tanzania
Chair: Global Water Partnership South Africa and African Coordination Unit

“The AIP Water Investment Scorecard is a valuable tool that will contribute to fast-tracking investments in the water sector through mutual accountability for results.”

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
CEO: African Union Development Agency-NEPAD