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AfDB approves African Water Facility budget

Accra, June 28, GNA –
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has
approved the 2016 annual report and 2017 work plan and budget of the African
Water Facility (AWF) to use €1.925 million.

A statement issued by
Osward Chanda, OIC Director, Water and Sanitation Department/African Water
Facility and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the amount was for the
administrative budget of AWF out of the special water fund for 2017 activities.

It would also
contribute to meeting the challenges of the activities in the 2017 budget
including resource mobilisation, operations, strategic review, documenting and
disseminating results and knowledge emanating from AWF operations.

The budget would also
cater for other activities including; building human resources, enhancing
communications, visibility and outreach through greater use of social media
tools and participation in key international water events.

The statement said the
AWF would continue to engage with AMCOW and other development partners to
better coordinate and harmonise its activities.

It said the board
members underscored progress made by the AWF despite funding challenges and
urged other facilities facing similar contests to learn from it.

At its annual meeting
in December 2016 in Abidjan, the AWF Governing Council approved the long-term
strategy 2017 to 2025; and noted that the AWF continued to face human resources
and core funding challenges as it was unable to ensure continuity of operations
beyond 2017.

However, it said there
was light at the end of the tunnel with pledged funding from Canada and ongoing
discussions with Austria, NDF and BMGF to replenish their funding to the AWF
Special Fund.

The Vice-President in
charge of Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke, was
quoted as saying that AWF had achieved a great work in preparing to finance
projects and increasing the delivery capacity of implementing agencies in
member countries.

“The AWF has the
framework to increase our delivery capacity in water related operations beyond
what we are doing currently.

“We will need the
Bank’s continued financial support to make this leap in the AWF operations,”
she said.

For his part, the Bank
Group Senior Vice-President, Charles Boamah who chaired the Board meeting
expressed support for the idea of cost recovery mechanism being introduced in
AWF’s new strategy and recommended closer collaboration with African Legal
Resource Facility which had made some progress on the same issue.

GNA

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