A ONE OF A KIND COOPERATION The Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) program assists riparian governments in Sub-Saharan Africa in unlocking the potential for sustainable, climate-resilient growth by addressing constraints to cooperative water resources management and development. LEARN MORE Cooperation in International Waters in Africa

million direct beneficiaries through CIWA programs and mobilized investments

transboundary institutions strengthened to improve regional cooperation

investment opportunities with regional benefits influenced by projects in operation



Understanding of water resources helps manage and preserve Lake Chad

Lake Chad is the fourth largest lake in Africa. This rich, tropical Lake with its related wetlands is shared by Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

Sustainable groundwater access can build resilience among Mozambicans

If used sustainably, groundwater could provide potable water to the estimated 40% of SADC inhabitants that currently lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation services.

New Publications

CIWA's 2020 Annual Report is now available!


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Partner News

Nile Basin countries urged to rethink investment in water resource management

22 February 2021

Ministers in charge of environment protection in Nile Basin Initiative member states have called for more investments in integrated water resources management in the region.

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CIWA in News

The Southern African Development Community-Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), with support from Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) Program and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), contributes toward the SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation for All by promoting the sustainable use of groundwater in the Southern Africa region.

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Water Events

Water Security and Climate Change Conference

01-04 March 2021

Online event: the conference strives to go beyond science and build bridges between various disciplines and sectors as well as different groups of stakeholders.

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Tweet of the Week

#CIWAprogram is contributing to the development of the Lake Chad region by supporting @lcbc_cblt to generate, share, & manage knowledge to facilitate cooperative development & management of international waters.

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In FY20, CIWA expanded its portfolio in important regions while laying emphasis on cross cutting issues such as gender and social inclusion, climate resilience, and fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV). In this year's report, we share the status of our ongoing projects and provide a glimpse of our new and upcoming activities.

The FY20 report is now available in English and French.


Solar-Powered Water Supply System Changes Lives

Mozambique faces severe droughts and other effects of climate change. To build climate resilience and help alleviate poverty, CIWA and GEF support the SADC-GMI in providing sustainable water supply in the region.

Building Climate Resilience

CIWA is committed to build resilience in the Niger Basin region, recently marred with floods, to help communities plan better and respond to natural occurrences.

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