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 at least an additional US$30bn annually by 2030, for implementing the AIP and closing the existing water investment gap in Africa. 

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 climate change challenges. 

Africa’s Rising Investment Tide 

The International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa released its High-Level Report, Africa’s Rising Investment Tide, during the UN 2023 Water Conference, New York, on 22nd March 2023. Led by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with AUDA-NEPAD and the Co-Chairs of the High-Level Panel; Senegal, Netherlands, Namibia, and Global Water Partnership Africa, the High-Level Panel’s Report outlines actionable pathways for countries to mobilise at least US$30 billion annually by 2030, for implementing the AIP and narrowing the existing water investment gap in Africa.

On 2nd December, during COP28 in Dubai UAE, the AUC and High-Level Panel released the Investment Action Plan which outlined 5 priorities to mobilize an additional US$30bn for African water and sanitation, the levels at which these actions are required, and the responsible persons to implement those actions. 

These documents are available for download below. 

Download the ‘Africa’s Rising Investment Tide’ Full Report and Key Message Brochure in English or French

Download the ‘Africa’s Rising Investment Tide: Investment Action Plan’ in English or French

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

Founding Co-Chair

Former 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. Cyril Ramaphosa

H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa

President of the Republic of South Africa

H.E. Samia Hassan

H.E. Samia Hassan

President of the United Republic of Tanzania

H.E. William Rutto

H.E. William Rutto

President of the Republic of Kenya

H.E. Hakainde Hichilema

H.E. Hakainde Hichilema

President of the Republic of Zambia

H.E. Adama Barrow

H.E. Adama Barrow

President of the Republic of The Gambia

H.E. Moussa Faki

H.E. Moussa Faki

Chair: African Union Commission

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

Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen

Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen

CEO: Global Center on Adaptation

Pablo Bereciartua

Pablo Bereciartua

Chair: Global Water Partnership

Amb. Howard Bamsey

Amb. Howard Bamsey

Australian National University

AIP Leadership and Governance

United Nations
African Union

International High-Level Panel
on Water Investments for Africa

AIP
Steering Group

AIP Expert Advisory
Core Group

AIP Reference
Group

AIP Secretariat

AIP Technical Working
Group

Panel Videos

H.E Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

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

Formal inauguration of High-Level Panel on 8 November 2022 

Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF

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