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



Improving access to multi-use water resources essential to building resilience

Somalia is rebuilding itself after suffering more than two decades of insecurity and humanitarian crises. CIWA supports the Somalia government in resolving water resources matters.

Women must lead Africa's water resources decisions

Reginalda Joseph, an alumna of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)- Groundwater Management Institute (GMI) ‘s Young Professional (YP) program.

New Publications

CIWA GESI Framework is now available!


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Partner News

The 2021 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development (Free!)

4 - 7 May 2021

The 2021 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will host over 60 panels, roundtables and workshops on the theme ‘Promoting Peace in the Age of Compound Risk’ on 47 May 2021.

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CIWA in News

The Southern Africa Drought Resilience Initiative (SADRI) Launched!

SADRI’s vision is a drought resilient SADC region in which governments, institutions and households are able to withstand climate change and associated economic shocks, benefitting all citizens.

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Water Events

IWA Digital World Water Congress

24 May - 4 June 2021

The first fully virtual IWA Digital World Water Congress aims to bring together global stakeholders from the water sector and covers the full water-cycle, from water resources to wastewater recovery – connecting the dots for a water wise world.

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#CIWAprogram supports activities that cuts across energy, agriculture, transport, social issues & the environment in a bid to cushion people living in Africa from the impact of extreme climate & rainfall variability. @WorldBankWater

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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.


Promoting collaboration for harnessing Lake Chad's potential

CIWA is supporting the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s endeavor to encourage cooperation and talks among the countries sharing the Lake and prioritize actions to mitigate poverty and enhance lives of its inhabitants for bringing peace and stability in the region.

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.

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