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The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) was formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the management of water resources and provision of water supply services.

The Mission of AMCOW is to provide political leadership, policy direction and advocacy in the provision, use and management of water resources for sustainable social and economic development and maintenance of African ecosystems.

AMCOW has become a Specialised commiittee for water and sanitation in the African Union


On behalf of the President of the Republic of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma and the People of South Africa, It is my pleasure as Minister of Water and Environment Affairs to humbly accept the reins of Chairmanship of AMCOW for the next two years (2009 - 2011) and committed to work together with all the partners in the sector to make AMCOW an effective vehicle for water management.

Launching of Secretariat







African Water Facility.
The African Water Facility is an initiative led by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize and apply resources for the financing of water infrastructure and water investment facilitating activities in Africa. Additional information can be got from here.
African Ministers’ Initiative for WASH (AMIWASH).
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Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI).
The RWSSI aims at increasing coverage of safe water and basic sanitation to 80% of the rural populations in Africa by 2015. RWSSI will focus on the provision of water supply and sanitation infrastructure in rural areas, and will contribute to the achievement of the MDGs in other sectors like health, education, gender and poverty.
The African Water Sector Monitoring and Evaluation.
An initiative to support African countries in water sector monitoring and evaluation. 
EU Water Initiative

The European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) have agreed to establish a new Water Facility under the 10th European Development Fund (2008-2013). This second Water Facility has been endowed with €200 million. A new Call for Proposals on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion was published on the 11th of February, 2010.  Click here to read more 

Click documents to download the AMCOW Executive Secretary Speech at the launching of the EU Water Facility.

UN Water Africa
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Global Water Partnership
Global Water Partnership
Water and Sanitation Program – Africa (WSP-Africa)
WSP is an international partnership with a mission to alleviate poverty by helping poor people gain sustained access to improved water and sanitation services. For more information, click here.
NEPAD Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Program

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Southern African Development Community
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