Message from the Program Manager:
The Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) program works at the interface of some of the most important challenges facing Africa today: economic development and growth; poverty reduction and social inclusion; climate mitigation and adaptation; fragility and conflict; and disaster risk management and reduction. The way that Africa’s water is developed, managed, and shared has very significant ramifications for each of these challenges, and the CIWA program—part of the World Bank’s global water practice—is proud to be working with African leaders, organizations and communities to tackle these challenges.
With most of Sub-Saharan Africa’s water resources shared among several countries, cooperation over those resources is essential. The CIWA program continues to provide clients with the well-rounded support they need to improve their ability to manage and develop their water resources in inclusive, climate-smart, and cooperative ways.
Africa has tremendous but currently undermanaged water resources that can improve livelihoods, strengthen water security, improve resilience, and fuel economic growth.
Since 90% of Africans live in shared river basins, transboundary cooperation is key to meeting Africa’s development needs.
CIWA comes in to help the member states think through the different development options and hopefully come up with a development trajectory that will lead to sustainability, and fairness and equity amongst all the countries.
CIWA can help ensure that anytime there is a discussion, policy, program, or project, that communities are also being involved, that civil society has its voice, for us to participate in a very constructive manner to the debate.