International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa

The International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa was formally launched on 25 March 2022, during the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, by His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chair of the African Union. The objective of the panel is to develop actionable pathways for mobilising US$30bn annually by 2030, for implementing the AIP and closing the existing water investment gap in Africa, which is estimated at US$11-20bn.

The International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa will drive global political mobilization and international engagement to meet the socio-economic needs of the continent, SDG 6 water related targets, and address the twin challenge of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Panel’s High-Level Report and Investment Action Plan will be launched during the UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action in March 2023 and presented to the AU Heads of State Summit in June 2023. The African Union Commission water policy will also be developed.

Panel Functions

1. High-level advocacy

2. Resource mobilisation

3. Peaceful dialogue

Panel Leadership

H.E. Macky Sall

H.E. Macky Sall

Co-Chair

President of the Republic of Senegal                  Chair: African Union

H.E. Hage Geingob

H.E. Hage Geingob

Co-Chair

President of the Republic of Namibia

H.E. Mark Rutte

H.E. Mark Rutte

Co-Chair

Prime Minister of the Netherlands

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete

Alternate Co-Chair

Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

H.E. Samia Hassan

H.E. Samia Hassan

President of the United Republic of Tanzania

H.E. Adama Barrow

H.E. Adama Barrow

President of the Republic of The Gambia

Nardos Bekele-Thomas

Nardos Bekele-Thomas

CEO: African Union Development Agency - NEPAD

Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner

Administrator: United Nations Development Programme

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

Executive Director: United Nations Childrens Fund

H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki

H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki

Former Prime Minister of the Niger Former CEO: AUDA-NEPAD

Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen

Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen

CEO: Global Center on Adaptation

Howard Bamsey

Howard Bamsey

Chair: Global Water Partnership

AIP Leadership and Governance

United Nations
African Union

International High-Level Panel
on Water Investments for Africa

AIP
Steering Group

AIP Core Group
and Secretariat

AIP Reference
Group

AIP Technical
Working Group

AIP International Blended 
Investment Facility 

Panel Videos

H.E Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Achim Steiner, Administrator: United Nations Development Programme

Prof. Dr. Patrick V. Verkooijen, Chief Executive Officer, Global Centre for Adaptation

H.E Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO: African Union Development Agency – NEPAD

This video explains the origin and intent of the International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa

Resources

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High Level Panel Terms of Reference

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High Level Panel Information Brochure ENGLISH

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High Level Panel Information Brochure FRENCH