The Africa Strategy

The Africa Strategy

Technical training centres in Egypt, Morocco and South Africa can play an important role in finding solutions to water problems in the whole of Africa. World Waternet stimulates partners to rise to the challenge.

Tshwane University of Technologie

Tshwane University of Technologie

At least 330 million people in Africa have no access to safe drinking water. Lack of sanitation is an even larger problem. Shortage of clean drinking water, the lack of proper sanitary facilities and surface water contamination are causing the spread of serious diseases, such as cholera. The falling groundwater level and the lack of rainwater storage capacity are causing crop failure and malnutrition. Water shortage is limiting the chances of socio-economic progress for many Africans. As a result, especially the poorest countries are being robbed of income.

Focus on Africa

Many African governments and water organisations would like support in adequately dealing with their water problems. That is why World Waternet has created the Africa Strategy, a strategic approach tailored to African water challenges. This is done by coaching leading, regional organisations in strategic locations inAfrica. In our core countries, Egypt, Morocco and South Africa, we pass on knowledge to water organisations in neighbouring countries by setting up training centres. We also ask WOP members to form Water Operators' Partnerships themselves in neighbouring countries.

Independent operations

When core countries set up WOPs themselves in their regions, we expect that the number of Water Operators' Partnerships will be doubled. This does not mean, however, that we will turn our back on our partnerships in these countries. After all, WOPs are excellent best practices which can serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for other African countries. They show that water organisations can indeed improve their performance themselves and can operate independently after our support has ended. Our focus on Africa is endorsed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the African Development Bank.