EU Water Initiative Africa Working Group

The EU Water Initiative (EUWI) is an international political initiative, launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in 2002 to “mobilise and coordinate all available EU resources (human and financial) to achieve water-related Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in partner countries”.



The Africa Working Group (AWG) is one of the regional components of EUWI, and is responsible for implementing the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership on Water Affairs and Sanitation.

Like the EUWI as such, the AWG is not a financing institution but aims at reinforcing the political commitment and accountability of European Commission (EC) and European Union (EU) Member States for harmonised support in the areas of water supply and sanitation and IWRM, in line with African interests and demand. Furthermore, the AWG can support African partners on request in enabling partner countries to develop and implement policies, strategies and priorities.

The AWG has a diverse members base, encompassing the country representatives of the Technical Advisory Committee of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW-TAC), the AMCOW secretariat, EU member states, the EC, African and European civil society, financing institutions, knowledge institutions and the private sector, and organisations active in the fields of policy dialogue and national policy framework development, accountability and transparency, and donor harmonisation.

The AWG is co-chaired by the AMCOW-TAC president and an annually rotating EU member state, while an “extended troika” consisting of EU member states, AMCOW TAC vice presidents, AMCOW secretariat, and representatives of the EC and civil society functions as the strategic management body.

Day-to-day work of the AWG is enhanced through a support team hosted by UNDP and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).