20 Oct 2015

UNEP-DHI wins international tender on flagship water and sanitation project in Africa

In a collaboration between DHI and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP-DHI Partnership Centre on Water and Environment has been awarded a flagship project on monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation in Africa.

The pan-African project – to be implemented between now and the end of 2016 – involves all of the African Ministers Council on Water's (AMCOW) 54 member states. Our win was the result of a global tender process involving six international organisations.

Titled ‘The Establishment of Monitoring and Reporting System for the Water Sector in Africa’, the project aims to establish a monitoring and evaluation system for all of Africa’s progress in the water sector, reviewing how well African countries are doing in implementing their policies and reaching their targets for the water sector. The project includes the development of a web-based platform for countries to report their national water sector data to AMCOW in a pre-defined and agreed format. This initiative will help compile and prepare the first annual report under the new monitoring framework to the African Union Summit in 2017.

Fun at the village water tap, Rwanda. © DHI

The monitoring framework that we will be developing will facilitate a more robust and comparable assessment of progress of African countries on the goals and targets of their water sector.

This project complements DHI and UNEP’s involvement in helping the United Nations (UN) in its ‘water programme’ – to define and implement a monitoring system for water targets, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. The SDGs are basically a set of goals relating to future international development, such as ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, combating climate change, and ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

The project will be carried out by a team of five specialists from DHI, headed by Henrik Larsen, our Senior Water Resources Expert, in close collaboration with AMCOW technical secretariat staff. We will also be working in consultation with national stakeholders in the five geographical sub-regions of Africa who are the beneficiaries of this project.

River water quality monitoring, Rwanda. © DHI