The African Development Bank, AFDB and the African Council of Ministers have joined forces to enhance strategic collaboration and maximize advocacy and resource mobilization to improve equitable access to water and sanitation in Africa.
African Ministers Council on Water, Knowledge Management, Communication and Visibility Officer,
Obinna Anah said in a statement yesterday the two pan-African institutions expressed their determination to strengthen their relationship and cooperation during a three-day strategic dialogue held in Abuja at the headquarters of Africa’s Water Council of Ministers.
Director of the African Development Bank’s Water Development and Sanitation Department, Osward Chanda, said that strategic dialogue was vital to the relationship between the bank and its partner: “We agreed to take actions that would help AMCOW improve its.” Strengthen governance leadership of the African Water Facility (AWF) – Africa’s special fund to prepare water and sanitation projects and in its efforts to mobilize more support and resources from African governments and international partners,” added Chanda.
The statement said the Abuja meeting also agreed on ways to address some of the key issues identified in the 2019 African Water Facility assessment.
The Executive Secretary of AMCOW, Dr. Rashid Mbaziira, commended the Bank for its commitment to enhancing AMCOW’s leadership on the African Water Facility Board of Directors and for its important political commitment to ensure high-level political support for Africa’s water and sanitation agenda.
Anah said the AFDB and AMCOW have agreed to review the AMCOW governance framework and tool of the AWF to make provisions for women’s involvement, private sector, sanitation and hygiene.
African Water Facility Coordinator Mtchera Chirwa said the AWF had already initiated a robust resource mobilization campaign and expressed satisfaction with the support from AMCOW and their promise to play a larger role in supporting the campaign.
The AFDB delegation included Osward Chanda, Mtchera Johannes and Foday Kargbo, the African Water Facility Finance and Resource Management Officer, while the AMCOW team comprised Executive Secretary, Dr. Rashid Mbaziira, the acting program director, Dr. Azzika Tanko, and Senior consisted Policy Officers including Water Resources Management, Prof. Moshood Tijani, Monitoring and Evaluation, Patrice Leumeni, and Knowledge Management, Communications and Visibility Officer, Obinna Anah.