Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa (GWPEA) is one of the 14 Regional Networks of Global Water Partnership. GWP is a worldwide neutral network that aims to help advance the governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. It advocates for effective governance and willingness to share limited water resources equitably among many different and competing water users.

GWP vision is “A Water Secure World” and its mission is to” Advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development”. The overall guiding principles are premised on the strong belief that an integrated approach to water resources management is the only way to achieve sustainable development.

GWP East Africa was constituted in 2003 by stakeholders in the Eastern Africa region to support the sustainable development and management of water resources. It focuses on achieving the vision, mission and strategic goals of GWP global through approved workplans and budgets.

GWPEA focuses on providing effective but neutral stakeholders’ forum to facilitate consultation processes amongst different actors in the region with the aim of enhancing livelihoods through sustainable water use and management. It promotes the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach to foster the coordination, development and management of water resources for sustainable development

GWPEA comprises of 9 Country Water Partnerships (CWP’s) notably Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. There are efforts to bring Djibouti on board. Each CWP provides a multi-stakeholder platform within which water security; climate change; sanitation and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) issues and concerns are discussed.

GWPEA is currently conducting two core programs:

  1. The Water and Climate and Development Program (WACDEP), implemented in the Kagera Basin River at the Lake Cyohoha trans-boundary catchment between Rwanda and Burundi. The program is implemented on behalf of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and seeks to support the integration of water security and climate resilience in development planning and decision making processes, through enhanced technical and institutional capacity and predictable financing and investments in water security and climate change adaptation.
  2. The Integrated Drought Management Program in the Horn of Africa (IDMP_HoA) that aims to promote increased drought resilience of countries, communities and eco-systems in the horn of Africa region. The program is being implemented in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.

More information about GWP Eastern Africa can be obtained here