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Water Resources: Government Information: Library Guide: Africa

This guide directs you to government sources on water resources from international to local level.


  Africa Water Atlas. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environment Program, 2010. Shelf no. GO 494 E.UNEP.10.AFRI

Intergovernmental organisations

African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW)

"The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) was formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources and provision of water supply services.

In 2008, at the 11th ordinary session of the Africa Union (AU) Assembly in Sharm el-Sheikh, Heads of State and Government of the AU agreed on commitments to accelerate the achievement of water and sanitation goals in Africa and mandated AMCOW to develop and follow up an implementation strategy for these commitments. AMCOW has also being accorded the status of a Specialised Committee for Water and Sanitation in the African Union."

African Water Facility (AWF)

"The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative led by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa. The African Development Bank (AfDB) hosts the Facility on the request of AMCOW."

NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. Water Programme

"NEPAD's water programme was developed to address the many challenges on the continent in managing water resources. Among these are the threats posed by drought, floods and climate change."

NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence

"The network of NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence (NEPAD Water CoE) is a network of Higher Education- and Research institutions who conduct high-end scientific research on water and related sectors, in order to provide policy guidelines to governments."


"The UN-Water/Africa (formerly IGWA) comprises many UN agencies, including the Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Environmental Program, World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,The United Nations Children's Fund, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Water and Sustainable Development Programme in Africa, The New Partnership for Africa's Development, African Development Bank Group.

The collaboration began in 1992 as the Interagency Group for Water in Africa (IGWA) which was formed as African regional counterpart at the initiative of ECA ..."

EU Water Initiative (EUWI) Africa Working Group (AWG)

"one of the ‘regional components’ of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI) and is responsible for its activities in Africa. The purpose of this partnership is to make an effective joint (Africa-Europe) contribution to the achievement of water supply, sanitation and water resources management related goals in sub-Saharan Africa."

Sixth World Water Forum-Partnership for Strengthening Water Security in Africa (2012 : Marseille)

"Every three years since 1997, the World Water Forum mobilises creativity, innovation, competence and know-how in favour of water. It gathers all stakeholders around today’s local, regional and global issues that cannot be undertaken without all stakeholders into a common framework of goals and concrete targets to reach."


Water and conflict

Martinon, C. A. Mumma, author.    Role of sub regional organizations in preventing water-related conflicts in the Eastern African region /    Nairobi, Kenya :   International Peace Support Training Centre,   2010. G 6762 E.IPST.10.ROLE


International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). African Regional Coverage. Key Africa water reports

African Development Bank (2010).  Water sector governance in Africa. Vol.1, Theory and practice

African Development Bank (2010).  Water sector governance in Africa. Vol. 2, Assessment guidelines

African Union. Assembly Ordinary Session (24th : 2015 : Addis Ababa)    The 2014 Africa water and sanitation sector report :   securing sanitation in Africa : annual report of the commission on the implementation of the July 2008 Assembly declaration on the Sharm El Sheikh commitments for accelerating the achievement of water and sanitation goals in Africa, Assembly decision (Assembly/AU/Decl.1 (XI)) of July 2008 /    [Addis Ababa] :   African Union, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture,   [2015] G 63 E.AU.15.TWOT

African Union. Assembly Ordinary Session (24th : 2015 : Addis Ababa)  The Kigali Action Plan :   report on the Kigali Plan of Action for implementing the Assembly decision Assembly/AU/Dec. 516 (XXII) in the implementation of Sharm El Sheikh commitments on accelerating water and sanitation goals in Africa, Assembly decision (Assembly/AU/Decl.1 (XI)) of July 2008 /    [Addis Ababa] :   African Union,   [2015] G 63 E.AU.15.KIGA

African water development report, 2006.    Addis Ababa, Ehiopia :   UN-Water/Africa, Economic Commission for Africa,   c2006. G 494 E.UNWA.06.AFRI

Indicative roadmap for the African Water Commission : outcome of the first African Water Week,Tunis, 26-28 March 2008

Abuja Ministerial Declaration on Water: a key to Sustainable Development in Africa (2002)

G 45 K.NATU    FAO Regional Office for Africa (2012). Managing Africa’s water resources: integrating sustainable use of land, forests and fisheries. Nature & faune, Vol. 27, issue 1. Accra, Ghana : FAO.

G 73 E.WB.13.FUTU
   The future of water in African cities : why waste water? / Michael Jacobsen, Michael Webster, and Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, editors. --    Washington, D.C. : The World Bank, c2013.
   xxii, 199 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
   Atlas of water resources and irrigation in Africa [electronic resource]. --    Rome : FAO, 2001.

   1 computer optical disc ; 4 3/4 in. ( FAO land and water digital media series ; 13. )


   Africa water atlas. --    Nairobi, Kenya : United Nations Environment Program, c2010.

   xii, 314 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm. 


G 73 E.WB.09.WATE   Water utilities in Africa :   case studies of transformation and market access : inputs to the Regional Practitioners' Workshop on "Market Finance for African Water Utilities" in Pretoria, South Africa : final report.    Nairobi, Kenya :   Water and Sanitation Program-Africa,   [2009]


G 494 E.UNWA.04.AFRI
UN-Water/Africa (Agency).
   The Africa water vision for 2025 : equitable and sustainable use of water for socioeconomic development / UN Water/Africa. --    [Addis Ababa, Ethiopia : Economic Commission for Africa, 2004?]
   vi, 28 leaves ; 30 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)

Climate and water


British Geological Survey. Africa Groundwater Atlas

UNESCO & Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources. Groundwater Resources Map of Africa. 2018.


Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (201-?). Africa Transboundary Water Resources Sector Outlook 2040

Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (201-?). Africa TransboundaryWater Resources Sector Phase III Report

Gender and water

AMCOW policy and strategy for mainstreaming gender in the water sector in Africa. FCT-Abuja, Nigeria African Ministers' Council on Water, 2011.

Gender and water policies in Africa : synthesis report. Pretoria : Water Research Commission, 2015. 


Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

African Development Bank, African Development Fund. Policy for integrated water resources management, 26 April 2000.

African Union & African Ministers' Council on Water. 2012 status report on the application of integrated approaches to water resources management in Africa

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Africa Secretariat. Local Government and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) . Part I, Reaping the Benefits: How Local Governments Gain from IWRM. 2008

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Africa Secretariat. Local Government and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) . Part II, Understanding the Context: The Role of Local Government in IWRM. 2008.

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Africa Secretariat. Local Government and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) . Part III Engaging in IWRM: Practical Steps and Tools for Local Government. 2008

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Africa Secretariat. Local Government and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) . Part IV,  Making Water Work for Local Governments: Ten Top Tips for Integration in Water Management (Can't find online.)