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Transboundary PIDA Water Programme Stakeholder Workshop

April 24, 2019 - April 26, 2019


 In 2012, the African Heads of states adopted the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). PIDA is a programme of the African Union (AU) implemented by the planning and coordination Agency of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The PIDA Priority Action Plan (PIDA PAP) comprises 51 cross-border programmes covering four sectors transport, energy, trans-boundary water resources management and ICT.

In November 2017, the NEPAD Agency and the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) with support from the Government of Germany through GIZ – commissioned a review of the implementation of transboundary water projects under PIDA. According to the review water projects showed little progress compared to projects in other PIDA focus areas: ICT, Energy, and Transport. According to the evaluation, several factors contribute to the lack of progress. One of the key challenges is inadequate information on the priority water projects, including lack of information on the status and blockages associated with their implementation.

To address this gap, the NEPAD Agency in collaboration with Global Water Partnership (GWP) has established ‘NEPAD PIDA Water Programme’ commencing from 2019 until 2024.

The objective of PIDA Water Programme is to provide support in two areas:

  1. Assist in early stage preparation of selected projects;
  2. Facilitate the financing of these water projects.

A secondary objective is the application of the water-food- energy nexus approach through transboundary hydropower projects in realizing tangible regional development benefits. The programme has been designed to develop the long-term goal of cultivating collaborative arrangements; mobilising partnerships; leveraging expert knowledge and experience in international water issues; and fostering a broad stakeholder reach in Africa to support the acceleration of transboundary water infrastructure project implementation.

The expected outcomes of the PIDA Water Programme are:

  • to recognize and prioritize transboundary water projects for further action
  • improve the investment outlook for the PIDA-PAP transboundary water projects;
  • enhance private sector, development partners and Member States involvement in support of regional water infrastructure development to drive industrialisation, job creation and progress towards SDGs;
  • raise profile of water-food-energy nexus, and integrated bundled investment approaches in climate resilience projects;
  • achieve governmental regional cooperation through transboundary water projects in an effort toward building peace, preventing conflict and promoting regional integration; and
  • contribute to improvement in local communities’ quality of life.

Workshop Objectives

During the workshop NEPAD Agency in partnership with GWP and partners will introduce the PIDA Water Programme. The primary purpose of the workshop is to ensure all PIDA-PAP transboundary Water and Energy projects promoters, coordinating entities; RECs; RLBOs; including funding and implementing partners are given an opportunity to present their respective projects. A secondary objective will be for the forum to provide guidance on how relevant projects can meet the PIDA criteria and next steps to be followed. Finally, agreement must be reached on the production of project information memoranda (PIMs).

Expected outputs from the workshop

  1. PIDA Water Programme selection criteria and process presented;
  2. Presentation of transboundary projects and initiatives by respective authorities;
  3. Jointly agreed categorisation and prioritization of Projects;
  4. Awareness of the VIPIC data verification and capture;
  5. Inclusion of PIDA Job Creation Toolkit in respect of socio-economic impact in PIMs;
  6. Recommendations developed on:
    1. Project institutional arrangements
    2. Project preparation needs
    3. Financial Implications and
    4. Support arrangements for production of PIMs.


April 24, 2019
April 26, 2019


InterContinental Hotel, Lusaka
Intercontinental Hotel
Lusaka, Zambia
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