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


All episodes


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.

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.

New Publications

CIWA's 2020 Annual Report is now available!


Know more
Partner News

PRO-WASH webinar on Operation and Maintenance of WASH infrastructure (Free!)

20 April 2021

This four-part series will share lessons learned from USAID partners on innovative advances in operation and maintenance (O&M) of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.

Read more
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.

Know more
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.

Know more
Tweet of the Week

CIWA Program facilitates Niger Basin Authority to enhance systems and tools in order to facilitate improved water resources management & development in the Niger River Basin. 

Know more


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.


Meet Dr Hellen Natu, the Regional Manager, NBD

Dr Hellen Natu, Regional Manager, Nile Basin Discourse (NBD) explains how NBD is promoting gender-equal policies and programs through an enabling environment and encouraging women’s proactive role in transboundary water issues.

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.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs logo
Sweden Sverige