Achieving Gender Equality through Climate Resilient Development of Water Infrastructure Investments

Contract partner: GWPO - Global Water Partnership OrganisationCountry: Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 1.200.000,00Project start: 01.04.2020End: 31.12.2025

Short Description:

Overall goal

To transform gender inequalities at scale and promote gender-transformative planning, decision making and institutional development for climate resilient water investments in Africa.

Expected results

+) Up to $ 300 Million total value of gender equal and climate resilient investments from government and private sources influenced.

+) 15 policies, plans and strategies influenced that integrate gender inclusion

+) 15 laws and regulations influenced that enhance gender equality in the access to land, control of assets and access to services

+) 12 investment plans and budget commitments influenced that target gender inclusive water security

+) 50 reports on innovative finance instruments including Public Private Partnerships for gender transformation in water investments

+) 50 women benefitting from the programme’s leadership training programme for women in science and engineering

+) Up to 60,000 beneficiaries supported in demonstration projects on gender transformation (based on headcount), with data disaggregated by sex and other social profiles such as age, disability, social class, etc.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Up to 1.2 Million people shall benefit from gender equal and climate resilient development (based on headcount), with data disaggregated by sex

Institutions and communities in up to 18 countries will be targeted in the program, of which approximately a third is envisaged to be financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation. The program focuses on Least Developed Countries in Africa and shall be implemented by the Global Water Partnership Organisation together with it regional and national partners in the target region.


•) Mobilise political commitment for gender-transformative action

•) Support institutional and societal level change to remove systemic barriers and power imbalances

•) Develop business case for institutional change in decision making and finance of water investments

•) Map practices, social norms and regulations governing access to and control of assets/ services

•) Increase women’s individual agency, decision making power, choices and access to information

•) Develop gender-transformative water investment index

•) Undertake social and gender analysis to assess opportunities, risks and impact of interventions on vulnerable groups disaggregated by sex, age and socio-economic class

•) Accelerate preparation and implementation of local projects, enhancing access to water investments

•) Establish gender responsive Monitoring & Evaluation systems



Across the continent, investment and institution building through water and climate change adaptation projects are typically not gender responsive or gender transformative. Gender inequality remains and continues unabated despite high level declarations at the African level. Unless gender equality is specifically targeted at systemic level, the increased urgency to accelerate water infrastructure on the continent will significantly exacerbate gender inequalities.

project number2665-00/2020
source of fundingOEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 2, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.