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Decisions of the 13th Ordinary Session of the EXCO – African Ministers’ Council on Water

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AMCOW visits Mauritania’s Minister for Hydraulic and Sanitation

Since the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal, the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) has intensified engagement and closer work with African Ministers responsible for water and sanitation. The idea is to discuss Member States’ water and sanitation priorities and possible solutions to their challenges. Also, the Secretariat apprises the Ministers of AMCOW’s programmes and project activities – to get their continued strategic advisory and oversight.

On Friday, 16th of September, AMCOW’s Executive Secretary, Dr Rashid Mbaziira, was on a courtesy visit with the Minister for Hydraulic and Sanitation, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, H. E. Sidi Mohamed Ould TALEB AMAR. 

A critical issue discussed during the meeting was the impacts of the flood in Mauritania – caused by heavy rains and the emergency action plan.

Also, they discussed AMCOW’s Governance Structure, including Mauritania’s role as AMCOW’s Vice President for North Africa, the mobilisation of EXCO Ministers from North Africa, and the Hon. Minister’s participation at COP27 Egypt. The Hon. Minister and Dr Rashid deliberated on AMCOW’s role and mandate as a support mechanism to the African Union‘s Specialised Technical Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARDWE). 

They further deliberated on the Honourable Minister’s participation in the upcoming AMCOW Executive Council (EXCO) meeting hosted by Namibia in October 2022.

You can read more about AMCOW Secretariat’s engagement with Nigeria’s Hon. Engr Suleiman, Mozambique’s H.E. Carlos Alberto Fortes Mesquita, H E Muhammed Aty of Egypt, and the Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation, Republic of Malawi, Hon. John Bande.


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AMCOW Convenes its 2022 Sub-Regional Technical Expert Committee Meetings

On 20-21 July, AMCOW convened the first of its 2022 Sub-regional Ministerial Committee meeting – starting with the Technical Experts Committee (TEC) of Western Africa in Abuja, Nigeria. It took place under AMCOW and ECOWAS, bringing together all the Member States in the region. River and Lake Basin Organisations (RLBOs) also attended the event.

AMCOW will continue the rounds of sub-Regional Consultations across the other regions of Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Northern Africa and Southern Africa from August to September 2022.

The objectives of the TEC meeting were:

i. To strengthen the institutional linkages and operational arrangements between AMCOW and Regional Economic Communities. A vital element of this objective was to agree on a mechanism for institutionalising the Sub-regional Ministerial Committee (SMC) meeting on the calendar of joint events between the AMCOW Secretariat and the RECs to facilitate dialogue on the water issues unique to the regions.

ii. To nominate the Member States to represent each of the Regions on the AMCOW Executive Committee and Technical Advisory Committee for 2023 – 2025.

iii. To apprise Member States on:

a.  AMCOW’s financial status and challenges encountered; and

b.  Ongoing AMCOW continental policy initiatives.

Gracing the Western Africa meeting was the representative of Honourable Engr Suleiman Adamu – Minister for Water Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – Engr Danjuma Madaki and the new Commissioner for Infrastructures, Energy and Digitalisation, ECOWAS, H E Sédiko Douka. Also, from the river and lake basins were the Executive Director, MONO Basin Authority, Mr Nicholas Gnyapaou and the Deputy Executive Director of the Volta Basin Authority, Mr Dibi Millogo.

While addressing the meeting, His Excellency the Commissioner appreciated the Kingdom of Sweden for supporting the organisation of the meeting. In addition, he gave assurances on the readiness of his office to facilitate efforts to improve the synergy and complementarity between the work programmes of the ECOWAS Commission and the AMCOW Secretariat.

Engr Madaki, representing the Hon. Minister for Water Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria highlighted the role of TECs in raising awareness and facilitating the implementation of AMCOW’s work programmes at the national and regional levels. He stated that subsequent consultations would lead to sub-Regional Ministerial Committee Meetings. He reiterated that the priorities identified by the Member States would be built in as part of West Africa’s Report to the EXCO when the Ministers convene in October 2022.

The sub-regional consultation was a success; there were detailed discussions on the priorities for an improved and more effective synergy, collaboration, and service delivery to the Member States.  It was agreed that the AMCOW Secretariat and the ECOWAS Commission would establish a mechanism to work together more closely to benefit the Member States. Also, several actions were agreed upon in section 6 of the Aide Memoire, and all parties committed to ensuring timely delivery of their respective efforts.

This consultation aligns with AMCOW’s Governance Framework. AMCOW’s five sub-regions have a Sub-regional Ministerial Committee (SMC). The mandate is to offer policy guidance in implementing AMCOW’s Work Plan at the sub-regional level and the adoption and implementation at the national level.


Namibia Plans for the 13th Ordinary Session of the Executive Committee of AMCOW

The Republic of Namibia, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) and the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) Secretariat, held meetings on 20 and 21 June to make plans for the 13th Ordinary Session of the AMCOW Executive Committee (EXCO). The Executive Committee of AMCOW comprises the President of the Council and 15 other members—three members elected from each of the five sub-regions of Africa on a rotational basis.

Currently, the Republic of Namibia holds the position of AMCOW’s Presidency for 2021 to 2023, under the leadership of the Honourable Minister for Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, H.E Carl Hermann Gustav Schlettwein. He was appointed as AMCOW President during the 12th General Assembly of AMCOW in 2021. According to AMCOW’s Rules of Procedure and Tradition, the President hosts the Ordinary Session of the Executive Committee (EXCO). The meeting traditionally falls between two General Assemblies – the one that elected them and the one to which they hand over the Presidency.

During the strategic planning meeting, the Executive Secretary of AMCOW, Dr Rashid Mbaziira, apprised the AMCOW President of the progress of AMCOW’s programmes. He reported the significant outcomes of the just concluded 9th World Water Forum – a major one being the dialogue with the UN Permanent Representatives on the proposal for a UN Special Envoy on Water, among others. Also, the AMCOW President and the delegation from the Secretariat conducted an induction to receive the Executive Director of the Ministry for Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Republic of Namibia, Mrs Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata as the new Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and the Acting Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Maria Amakari as the Alternate Chair for Namibia.

At the end of the two days, AMCOW Secretariat and the Presidential team developed a plan of action for organising the 13th EXCO. AMCOW expects that all members of the EXCO across the sub-regions will convene in Namibia from 11-13 October 2022.

The roles of the EXCO include to:

  • deliberate on the decisions and recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and forward required decisions and issues for the deliberations of the Governing Council;
  • ensure that decisions of the Council are implemented;
  • endorse the programs and budgets for the approval of the Council;
  • decide on arrangements for the sessions of the Council, and
  • decide on strategic directions of the constituent organs of AMCOW.

Ethiopia hosts Special Training on WASSMO and Ngor Commitment monitoring and reporting

From June 20-22, the Ethiopian government hosted focal points from nine AMCOW member countries for special training on data collection and reporting on the state of water and sanitation in Africa. The delegates were representatives of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Comoros, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Seychelles, Somalia and Djibouti.

The activity was organised to provide capacity development to countries that missed the earlier rounds of the same exercise delivered through May 2022 before the data collection campaign launch. It forms part of the Water and Sanitation Sector Monitoring and Reporting (WASSMO) and the African Union Heads of States and Government Ngor Commitment on sanitation and hygiene processes. 

H E Dr Eng. Habtamu Itefa, Minister of Water and Energy, FDR of Ethiopia and AMCOW’s Vice President for Eastern Africa, chaired and declared open the event, which took place at Hilton Addis Ababa. During his remark, the Minister expressed joy in Ethiopia’s involvement in implementing Africa’s commitments toward equitable and adequate water and sanitation services provision. 

“I commend this team of dedicated individuals, who provide the Global Assessment of Water and Sanitation Issues (GLAAS), the WASSMO, and the reports from the tracking of NGOR commitments, which have been done without fail.”

The Minister informed participants that Ethiopia has constituted its National Coordination Platform (NCP) – comprising relevant ministries responsible for water, energy, sanitation, health, hygiene, and other cross-sectors, which is now responsible for driving data collection and reporting. 

The workshop strengthened Member States’ capacities in the monitoring and reporting framework of the WASSMO and AfricaSan Ngor Commitments and helped participants understand how to input data into the web-based WASSMO system. It was a good platform for sharing sector knowledge and deepening collaboration for more effective data collection and reporting. It is expected that countries will present better quality data and information in the 2022 round of reports. 

Prior to the WASSMO training, the Honourable Minister received a delegation from AMCOW Secretariat, led by the Executive Secretary, Dr Rashid Mbaziira. They deliberated on AMCOW’s plans for the forthcoming Stockholm World Water Week 2022, the 13th Ordinary Session of the EXCO and CoP27. Also, they discussed how to strengthen early warning systems for eastern African countries. H E Habtamu would be engaging further as AMCOW’s Vice President for Eastern Africa to raise the voice of the region on issues concerning water and sanitation.


AMCOW discusses new sanitation programme with stakeholders – ASPGs in Action

The African Ministers’ Council on Water has organised a Sanitation Partners’ Alignment Workshop to create synergy with related ongoing partner interventions in achieving the outcomes of its sanitation programme and the new African Sanitation Policy Guidelines – ASPGs in Action.

On the 7th of June, 2022, AMCOW started the two-day Sanitation Partners’ Alignment Workshop, which took place at Fraser Suites in Abuja, Nigeria. Among others, the objectives of the workshop include achieving: 

  • A shared appreciation of the vitality of the safely managed sanitation sub-programme to AMCOW’s overall delivery on the strategic pillars of the AMCOW Strategic Operational Plan (SOP) 2022 – 2024.
  • A framework for assuring complementarity in the vertical linkages between AMCOW, WHO and UNICEF’s monitoring tools and systems for reporting on the ASPGs in Action.

Forty-three sanitation professionals (30 in-person, 13 virtual) attended, representing the Member States and the following 11 organisations:

Highlights of the workshop include presentations of AMCOW’s Strategy 2018 and the Strategic Operational Plan 2022-2024, an overview of the ASPGs in Action proposal, the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines Assessment Tool (ASPAT), and Technical Assistance for Policy Development Across Africa, ASPG Domestication in Nigeria: Reviewing the Journey, Engagement with member states on ASPG utilisation and Sanitation Policy Landscape across Africa.

AMCOW’s Acting Director of Programmes, Dr Azzika Tanko, assured participants that AMCOW’s new sanitation programme the ASPGs in Action falls within the three pillars of AMCOW’s convening, mobilising and reporting work. He observed that the critical outcome of the ASPGs in Action proposal was to work with partner interventions to galvanise action for utilising the ASPGs across the Member States.

The meeting underscored that member states should take the lead in policy developments to enhance their capacity for policy implementation and to align with other partners supporting ASPG utilisation in other countries like the WaterAid example – supporting Nigeria.

In her presentation, Ms Ann Thomas, Senior Advisor, WASH, UNICEF, stated that UNICEF is recruiting a pool of consultants to provide technical assistance for in-country policy development. This effort, she said, feeds into UNICEF’s strategic shift for 2022 – 2025 to eliminate open defecation and basic sanitation to safely managed sanitation. Also, she stated that UNICEF will support ASPG utilisation in six countries and then cascade to 50 plus countries by 2025 and globally, after all.

AMCOW will continue to work with its development partners to help other countries take steps toward actively utilising the ASPGs to improve their sanitation and hygiene policy landscape, such as Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Niger, and Zimbabwe are doing.


AfDB and AMCOW agree to strengthen relationship for sustainable water management in Africa

Abuja, 1st June 2022 – The African Development Bank and the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) came together to enhance strategic collaboration and maximize advocacy and resource mobilization to improve equitable access to water and sanitation in Africa.

The two pan-African institutions expressed determination to strengthen their relationship and collaboration during a three-day strategic dialogue held (from 1 to 3 June) in Abuja at the headquarters of the African Ministers Council on Water.

Osward Chanda, the African Development Bank’s Director of water development and sanitation department said that the strategic dialogue was critical for the relationship between the Bank and its partner. “We agreed to take actions that would help AMCOW to strengthen its leadership role in the governance of the African Water Facility (AWF) – the African Special Fund for preparation of water supply and sanitation projects, and in its efforts to mobilize more support and resources from African governments and international partners,” said Mr Chanda.

The meeting in Abuja also agreed on ways to address some of the key issues identified in the 2019 African Water Facility evaluation. Dr Rashid Mbaziira, the AMCOW Executive Secretary thanked the Bank for its commitment to improving AMCOW’s leadership role in African Water Facility’s Governing Council and in its important policy advocacy mandate to ensure high-level political support for Africa’s water and sanitation agenda.

The two teams agreed to review AMCOW Governance Framework and AWF’s Instrument to make provisions for the inclusion of women, Private Sector and Sanitation and Hygiene representatives – assuring institutional memory on the GC through mechanisms such as overlapping tenure of some members, said the AMCOW Executive Secretary.

Regarding the objective of undertaking joint resources mobilization, the African Water Facility’s Coordinator Mtchera Chirwa said that the AWF has already initiated a robust resources mobilization drive and expressed satisfaction with the support provided by AMCOW and their pledge to play a bigger role in supporting the campaign.

The AWF and AMCOW agreed to collaborate in undertaking joint advocacy by identifying key regional and international events where they will carry out joint activities. On this subject, the two institutions agreed on identifying a Presidential Champion or high-profile influencer to advocate for AWF work.

“We will work together to define the exact role and modalities of executing the function of the Champion of AWF activities,” added Dr Rashid Mbaziira.

The Bank’s delegation included Osward Chanda, Mtchera Johannes and Foday Kargbo, the finance and Resource Management officer at the African water facility, while the AMCOW team constituted the Executive Secretary, Dr Rashid Mbaziira, the Director of Finance and Administration, Thomas Banda, Acting Director of Programmes, Dr Azzika Tanko, and the Senior Policy Officers including, Water Resources Management, Prof. Moshood Tijani, Monitoring and Evaluation, Patrice Leumeni, and Knowledge Management, Communications and Visibility, Obinna Anah.

The AWF has supported AMCOW to establish the Pan African Water, Sanitation Monitoring, and Reporting System (WASSMO). A continental automated web-based System, that exclusively captures data on water and sanitation using a set of 44 harmonized progress indicators. 

The Bank has pledged continued support to AMCOW to enhance its effectiveness across the Member Countries. A next step has been agreed upon for AMCOW to prepare and submit to the Bank – a proposal for sustainability funding immediately.

Media contact:

Obinna Anah, Knowledge Management, Communications and Visibility Officer,

African Ministers Council on Water

Foday Kargbo, Finance and Resource Management Officer,

African Water Facility


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Dr Mbaziira Engages Malawi on Country’s Water and Sanitation Solutions and AMCOW’s Initiatives

AMCOW’s Executive Secretary, Dr Rashid Mbaziira, has paid a courtesy call to the Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation, Republic of Malawi, Hon. John Bande. The visit, which took place from 24-27 May 2022, was to solicit Malawi’s and partners’ inputs into AMCOW’s ongoing efforts to provide responsive solutions to the intermittent but extreme drought and post-drought flooding episodes ravaging different parts of Southern and Eastern Africa. Also, the Executive Secretary seized the opportunity to discuss AMCOW’S strategic direction for the period 2022-24 within the framework of implementing the AMCOW Strategy 2018-2030. 

AMCOW understands that the responsiveness of continental policy initiatives to Member States’ real needs is dependent on a Bottom-Up to Top-Down approach. Therefore, AMCOW is working to ensure that Member States’ priorities constitute the basis for formulating continental initiatives, domesticated for implementation as national policies. 

However, to ensure ownership, it is imperative that all Member States at least can identify with aspects of AMCOW programmes – this is, in turn, influenced by their level of participation in the formulation process of the programmes. Therefore, this courtesy call on the Honourable Minister falls within the broad framework of the regional consultations. 

Critical highlights of the discussions include enlisting the support of the Republic of Malawi on: 

  • annually convening the statutory AMCOW Southern Africa sub-regional Ministerial Committee (SMC) meeting in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat;
  • implementing continental and global commitments on water and sanitation, including the Africa Water Vision 2025, PIDA-PAP II water projects and SDG 6; 
  • utilising the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPGs) to formulate a SADC regional protocol on pollution control and accelerating access to safely managed sanitation; and, 
  • making preparations for the 13th ordinary session of the AMCOW Executive Committee (EXCO) in Windhoek, Namibia, and the water pavilion at COP27 at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

During the meeting, Hon. John Bande assured AMCOW of Malawi’s commitment to its programmes and activities. 

Since completing the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal, AMCOW has increased its effort to strengthen engagement with the Member States and partners. AMCOW’s Executive Secretary has since paid courtesy calls to Ministers responsible for water in Nigeria, Mozambique, Egypt and Malawi and is still counting.