In an effort to accelerate the implementation of priority water infrastructure projects on the continent, the NEPAD Agency and Global Water Partnership recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The MoU, which falls within the framework of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and the Africa Investment Programme (AIP), was signed on the margins of PIDA Week recently.

Speaking at the signing ceremony Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, NEPAD Agency CEO, said the collaboration would contribute to Africa’s transboundary water investments, development, and the NEPAD Agency mandate in particular through the implementation of the PIDA water transboundary projects.

Project owners must engage

“Transboundary Water project owners must engage our two institutions and facilitate the successful implementation of this MoU through their full engagement in the delivery of the regional integrated agenda tasked on us all by the Africa Union and our member states,” he explained.

With the African population expected to reach 1.6 billion by 2030, the continent will need to produce 50% more food and will see an at least tenfold increase in water needs highlighting the need for urgent measures and leadership to address the impacts of climate change on water availability, to scale up water investments, protect and better manage Africa’s freshwater resources and avert the growing risks and uncertainties to economic productivity and political stability.

A nexus approach

“Through the Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP), GWP will mobilise its partners and foster innovative partnerships between the public and private sector to accelerate project preparation of water investments,” explains Dr. Kuiri F Tjipangandjara, Chair of GWPSA and African Coordination unit.

The partnership between the agencies will support project preparation, transaction management, resource mobilization, advocacy, capacity development, research and knowledge sharing in the joint implementation of transboundary water projects through a nexus approach.