Water For Development



WA-Net, the West Africa Network for capacity building in IWRM, is a regional initiative that was established in order to fill both institutional and individual capacity gaps for water resources development and management. It was recognized that sustainability and greater impact of such an initiative was tributary of strong partnership and local institutional ownership. WA-Net's objectives can therefore be summarized as follow, to support, strengthen and promote co-operation among regional capacity building institutions in the delivery of capacity building services in various fields of IWRM in West Africa.

WA-Net was midwifed by CAP-Net and GWP West Africa (Global Water Partnership West Africa). It has been in existence since 2003 and covers the following countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Cap Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Togo.


WA-Net is pursuing an integrated partnership approach among capacity building institutions for IWRM. The multidisciplinary nature of IWRM highlights the need for co-ordination among capacity building institutions in the delivery of IWRM services in the region. Member institutions have expertise in various aspects of water resources management, including water supply, sanitation, wetlands, irrigation, water law, water economics, gender aspects, community based resource management, water conservation etc. Many capacity gaps can be filled through partnership by building on the strengths of partners.


  • Enhance regional coorperation among CBIs in West Africa for IWRM.
  • Strengthen the Human Resource & Institutional capacities of individuals and CBIs in West Africa.
  • Facilitate research and demand driven training and education in IWRM among CBIs in West Africa.
  • Promote the implementation of IWRM in West Africa.


  • Increase partnership and collaboration among capacity building institutions in West Africa.
  • Encourage its members to share information, training materials, course materials and resources in IWRM.
  • Deliver regional training and educational programmes for water-sector professionals, managers and policy makers in West Africa.


WA-Net vision is to developed human resources and institutional capacities of countries in West Africa to manage and develop water resources in a sustainable manner for improved economic growth, increased social equity and improved ecosystem health and function.



Executive Director

Dr. Emmanuel Adanu
Executive Director