The Water Funds for Africa Network (WFAN) is a community of experts and professionals who work to advance water funds and source water protection across the African continent, for the benefit of people and nature. The WFAN provides capacity-building and knowledge exchange on source water protection mechanisms for practitioners, such as guidance on achieving water security through collective action around nature-based solutions (NbS).
In 2017 the Water Funds global team convened groups from nine African countries, representing nine different potential or emerging funds stretching from Morocco to South Africa, in Nairobi for training. The trainees joined a team of experts and practitioners from which they were recruited to join the WFAN in February 2019 (bit.ly/3eLirVj).
A formal membership recruitment mechanism for water-sector practitioners and investment decision-makers has since been established, including but not limited to attendees of all TNC’s water fund (WF) training workshops. The WFAN has steadily grown in both membership and the number of connections between network members.
Goals of the Water Funds for Africa Network
1. To increase collaboration among members, and jointly identify solutions to challenges related to the scoping, design, promotion and operation of water funds in Africa.
2. To provide a platform for knowledge and experience sharing.
3. To co-ordinate knowledge and resources to develop WF in Africa.
4. To facilitate African representation in the global Water Funds network.
How many members are currently in the WFAN?
As at February 2022, the WFAN had 473 members from approximately 100 different organizations across 21 countries in Africa. The WFAN is continuously growing its membership with over 92% of its members from the Africa region.
Information and knowledge sharing
The Water Funds for Africa Network holds bi-monthly webinars on topics suggested by members through surveys which are then approved by the WFAN Steering Committee.
Read the Water Funds For Africa Network Concept Note December 2021 to learn more.