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CIWA to Convene Consultative Group Meeting at Fifth Africa Water Week on May 27

May 6, 2014

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • CIWA is a multi-donor trust fund that works to strengthen cooperative management and development of international waters in Sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate sustainable, climate resilient growth
  • CIWA provides sustained support to transboundary cooperation in the Nile Basin and the Zambezi Basin
  • CIWA is expanding its program in West Africa and the Sahel region

CIWA is convening its Third Consultative Group Meeting on May 27, 2014, at the Fifth Africa Water Week in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting will focus on the needs and opportunities for transboundary water resources cooperation in West Africa and the Sahel, particularly in the context of CIWA’s partnerships with the Volta Basin Authority (VBA), Niger Basin Authority (NBA), Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The Consultative Group meeting will feature a keynote address by the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS, Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Sénégal) on the benefit sharing principles and institutional and financial arrangements governing OMVS’s success. The meeting will call on several other basin commissions in the region and across Africa to share lessons learned on how cooperation can promote sustainable development. 

The Consultative Group (CG) is an advisory body of CIWA’s governance structure that draws from key African water sector professionals and institutions with strategic roles in development related to the continent’s international waters.  Its function is to bring broad expertise and knowledge to CIWA and provide guidance in achieving its objectives. Through the Consultative Group Meeting in Dakar, the World Bank aims to receive strategic advice and guidance on the CIWA program in West Africa and the Sahel.

At the Fifth Africa Water Week, CIWA is also co-convening the Transboundary Water Management Session on May 27, 2014, along with AfDB, GWP, and UNECE. This session will discuss how countries can optimize national and regional development through cooperation on transboundary waters.

CIWA currently supports projects in East Africa and Southern Africa as well as Africa-wide analytical and knowledge management activities.