ANEW is implementing several projects at the continental and regional levels. All the projects are aimed at strengthening the capacity of ANEW members to influence policies, programmes and decision on water and sanitation. The projects focus on advocacy and strengthening networking at all levels by targeting key institutions such as AMCOW, AU and the AfDB. These projects include

Capacity Building

ANEW is undertaking a three year project in 17 countries on Promoting and improving the capacities of African Civil Society Organisations for advocacy and participation in governance to enhance provision of water supply and sanitation and Integrated Water Resources Management funded by the EU, Government of South Africa (DWAF) and WaterAid.

The implementing partners of this program are:

  • Maji na Ufanisi (Kenya for Eastern Africa),
  • ENDA-RUP (Senegal for West Africa),
  • ADC Chad (Chad for Central Africa),
  • Kalahari Conservation Society (Botswana for Southern Africa),
  • and

  • Freshwater Action Network.
  • The main objective of this programme is to:
    This Project seeks to support and strengthen the capacities of African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and institutional development of the Africa Civil Society Network and Water and Sanitation (ANEW) over three years. The purpose of this Project is to facilitate dialogue between African CSOs and decision makers on access to water supply, adequate sanitation and mainstreaming IWRM principles.

    The project aims to address constraints faced by African CSOs in entering into dialogues on water governance and influencing decisions of African governments. It proposes to strengthen and expand structured networking and coordination among African CSOs and to develop their analytical tools and communication skills to support pro-poor advocacy work, based on their local experience working on issues of Water Supply, Sanitation (WS&S) and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM).

    The project will also develop a basis for effective participation of CSOs at continental, regional and national forums on water, and for increased accountability between CSOs and African governments. The long term aim is to ensure that poor people’s voices influence debates about policies that will impact on their lives.

    With specific activities including:

  • Lobbying for CSO space in policy processes
  • institutional capacity building
  • training in communication skills and effective advocacy
  • ANEW has established 4 regional offices in Kenya, Botswana, Dakar and Tchad.

    Eastern Africa: Kenya, Tanzania Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda
    Western Africa: Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria
    Central Africa: Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Southern Africa: Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana

    Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF)

    The GTF programme seeks to improve accountability, responsiveness and effectiveness of governments and services providers in the water and sanitation sector n Africa. This programme will use the right based approach to empower poor people to engage directly with their governments and service providers and hold them to account.

    The Programme was started on October 1, 2008 and aims to improve accountability and responsiveness of governments and service providers through capacity building of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in water and sanitation sector. The GTF was a response to DFID’s recognition of the importance of integrity and accountability in governance as spelt out in a 2006 UK Government White Paper which sets out three characteristics for good governance:

  • Capability: The extent to which governments are able to get things done;
  • Accountability: The ability of all citizens, civil society and the private sector to hold governments to account; and
  • Responsiveness: Whether public policies and institutions respond to the needs of the citizens.
  • GTF is managed by WaterAid in the UK, with the support of Country Programmes, Fresh Action Network (FAN), the regional bodies African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) and Fresh Action Network-Central America (FANCA), and Fresh Action Network-South Asia (FANSA). ANEW plays a major role of coordinating the activities of its implementing GTF Partners and in support of its strategic objectives, adds value in impacting the WASH sector as it contributes towards the achievement of the MDG targets on water and sanitation.

    It has provided a platform for partners to share their vision and experiences in governance issues, monitoring and evaluation and also learn best practices from each other as they contribute to key sector challenges at national as well as local level.

    Objectives of the GTF Programme:

  • Foster strong and well-functioning CSOs and CSO networks capable of influencing the design, implementation and evaluation of effective WASH policies at all levels
  • Ensure that CSOs (including those representing marginalized groups) are engaged effectively in decision-making processes affecting the WASH sector
  • Informed and empowered people are better able to demand accountability and responsiveness from governments and service providers in the WASH sector
  • Governments and service providers are more accountable (i.e. willing and able) to citizens and end users in the WASH sector
  • The GTF implementing Partners are:

  • Kenya: Kenya Water and Sanitation CSO Network (KEWASNET)
  • Uganda:
  • National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE)
  • Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)
  • Health through Water and Sanitation (HEWASA)
  • Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI)
  • Ethiopia: Water and Sanitation Forum (WSF)
  • Malawi & Zambia: Women’s Land and Water Rights in Southern Africa (WLWRSA)
  • Other programs include

      1. Coordinating CSOs input in international processes
      2. Monitoring the eThekwini & Sharm el Sheikh commitments
      3. Working with AMCOW
      4. Research: AfDB primer, CSOs capacity assessment

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