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 Investment Gap is Growing

Delivery of water investments across Africa is below target to meet the continent’s growing needs. The African Ministers’ Council on Water estimates that US$30 billion/year needs to be invested to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 6 target on water and sanitation. Currently, only US$10-US$19 billion is invested each year. The AIP aims to close the water investments gap of US$11-US$20 billion/year by mobilising US$30 billion/year by 2030.

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


Establish an International Blended investment Facility 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 water investment scorecard to enhance mutual accountability, transparency, efficiency and track progress in mobilisation of water investments


Develop regional, transboundary, and national water investment programmes to close 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


Water-Energy-Food Security

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

Climate Gender Resilience

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

Transboundary Water Governance

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


COMMUNIQUE: High-Level Water Investment Conference

COMMUNIQUE: High-Level Water Investment Conference

We, the delegates to the High-Level Water Investment Conference, hosted by H.E. Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, and H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, Global Water Partnership Southern Africa and Africa Coordination (GWPSA-Africa) Board Chair and Former President of...

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