Strengthening partnerships

CIWA has financial support from the following partners:

CIWA funds organizations including governments, river basin organizations, regional economic communities, civil society organizations, and African regional and national institutions in addressing transboundary water management issues and development. Our key partners include:

East Africa 

Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)– The 3 NBI centers have worked with CIWA since CIWA’s launch in 2011. They have received two major recipient executed grants, Nile Cooperation for Results and Nile Cooperation for Climate Resilience, and several supporting BETFs. In the first phase of collaboration, activities mainly focused on enhancing basin wide water, energy, and food security through CIWA’s 3 Is. Under NCCR, the project is focused more on adaptation and addresses the region’s immediate and long-term climate adaptation issues with floods, droughts, water quality, dam safety and related issues. 

Nile Basin Discourse (NBD)– Through the Engaging Civil Society for Social and Climate Resilience in the Nile Basin project (an RETF), NBD strengthened civil society participation in development processes and programs to ensure that their benefits were equitable, contributed to building communities’ climate resilience, and responded to community priorities. The NBD is the only organization in the region with the network, technical expertise, and resources capable of carrying out crucial community-level dialogues. NBD continues to work with CIWA through the Nile Cooperation for Climate Resilience project. 

Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC)– In 2021, the LVBC joined CIWA as a recipient on the Nile Cooperation for Climate Resilience RETF with the NBI and NBD. This was preceded LVBC’s work with CIWA through the Great Lakes Water Quality ASA.  

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)– In 2019, CIWA’s Horn of Africa Groundwater Initiative supported IGAD to ramp up technical expertise in groundwater resource management and development and supported five countries (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia) to begin planning for improved regional integration around water security. CIWA’s active Untapping Resilience grant is complementing the regional International Development Association (IDA) funded Groundwater for Resilience Program through enhancing the capacity of implementing entities (especially IGAD) to gather, analyze, and use data to mitigate risk, learn, and adjust, including through state-of-the-art remote monitoring tools. 

Government of Somalia– From 2019-2021, CIWA’s grant, Support to a Transboundary Water Resources Management, focused on supporting Somalia’s Ministry of Energy and Water Resources to build the data and information foundation needed for transboundary water cooperation, while building institutional capacity, human capital, and transboundary aquifer knowledge. As noted for IGAD above, Somalia is one of the client countries in the Groundwater for Resilience Program benefitting from CIWA’s Untapping Resilience grant. 

West and Central Africa 

Niger Basin Authority (NBA)– CIWA has provided support to the Niger River Basin through two projects, including one recipient-executed project, implemented by the NBA, and one bank-executed project. CIWA projects were largely informed by the ‘2007 Sustainable Development Action Plan’ for the Niger Basin. While there is only one CIWA BETF currently active that is relevant to the Niger Basin, it is one of the four priority basins for sustained support and CIWA is looking for opportunities for reengagement at the level of a recipient executed project.  

Volta Basin Authority (VBA)– The CIWA project in the Volta River Basin closed in August 2019. During the project, VBA facilitated ratification of a Water Charter to strengthen the legal and institutional framework for sustainable management of basin water and associated environmental resources. 

Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)– CIWA has provided support to the Lake Chad Basin through two Bank-executed ASAs, Lake Chad Dialogue and Lake Chad Transboundary Water Security. The recently completed Water Security Assessment is informing the preparation of new activities. 

Senegal River Basin Development Organization (OMVS) (update in progress)

Southern Africa 

Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM)– Form 2015-2019 CIWA worked with ZAMCOM to through the Zambezi River Basin Management Project to develop a series of studies and tools that led to creation a decision support system and a Strategic Plan for the Basin. 

Zambezi River Authority (ZRA)– Zambezi River Basin Development Project had the objective of advancing the preparation of the Batoka Gorge Hydro-Electric Scheme (HES) and strengthening cooperative development within the ZRB. It principally targeted the technical feasibility and the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) studies, but also included a series of additional technical and legal studies that sustained the preparation of the HES and strengthened the ZRA. This project also ended in 2019.  

SADC-Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI)– The SADC-GMI led CIWA’s first active project through the Sustainable Groundwater Management in SADC Member States, which was followed by a phase 2 project that is currently active. The projects operationalized the SADC-GMI as a regional center of excellence for the Region and advanced scientific research on groundwater.  

Southern African Development Community (SADC)– The SADC secretariat worked with CIWA’s Southern Africa Drought Resilience Initiative (SADRI) and is now part of the phase 1 Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Climate Resilience Program (RCRP) that CIWA will begin supporting with a BETF this year. The work aimed to build the analytical and institutional foundations to catalyze national and regional investment in integrated drought resilience and to take an integrated and proactive approach to water risks. 

Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) – At the request of OKACOM member states CIWA and OKACOM developed MSIOA tools in the Okavango basin from 2016-2017. This work has resulted in putting forward the endowment fund for Okavango (Cubango Okavango River Basin fund, now being proposed by OKACOM and The Nature Conservancy in 2021).  

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