Water, Climate and Development Programme in Africa
The grant is used to support the Global Water Partnership which is a key player globally in shaping policies and knowledge in the area of integrated water resources management, water governance and water security. The supported programme Water, Climate and Development in Africa (WCDA) aims at promoting water as a key part of sustainable regional and national development and contribute to climate change adaptation for economic growth and human security. It will assist 8 national governments in Africa distributed over 4 transboundary river basins. The countries and river basins will be selected based on a transparent process during the inception phase of the porgramme.
Main expected outcomes of the programme are:
- Water security and climate resilience integrated in development planning and decision making processes in 8 countries and 4 river basins
- Capacities of partnerships, institutions and stakeholders enhanced to integrate water and climate change in development processes and enhanced resilience to climate change through better water management
- Investment and financing strategies for water security, climate resilience and development elaborated and governments begin to implement them. In addition, fundable projects (infrastructure-related) for water security, climate resilience and development defined and shared with development banks.
The program was developed as response to the January 2009 AMCOW request for GWP to support
the implementation of the 2008 African Union Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration on Water and Sanitation. In early 2010, GWP and AMCOW with support from Regional Economic Commissions (SADC, ECOWAS, and ECCAS) convened climate change dialogues in Africa. The dialogues
identified actions relevant to advance water security and climate change adaptation in Africa. The request therefore identified three interrelated priorities; climate change adaptation, water governance and financing of integrated water resources management projects.