Water, Climate, Development - Gender (WACDEP-G) Programme

The goal of the AIP WACDEP-G programme is to ensure that the preparation, development, design, governance, and management of ongoing and new climate resilient water infrastructure investments, institutions, and job creation interventions strategically advance gender equality.

The overall objective is to transform gender inequalities at scale by promoting gender-transformative planning, decision-making and institutional development for climate resilient water investments in Africa. Gender inequalities in accessing productive assets and resources are often linked to access to water and disproportionately increase the burden of climate change in many African societies on women and girls.

At the same time, infrastructure development across the continent is struggling to keep up with the necessary pace required to support Africa’s growing economy, address gender inequality and meet the socio-economic needs of the population. Unless gender equality is targeted at the systemic level, investments in water infrastructure on the continent will significantly exacerbate gender inequalities.

Implementation Zone

In Central Africa, WACDEP-G is being implemented in Cameroon and at the regional level (Lake Chad Basin)

Implementing Partners

AIP WACDEP-G is implemented by Africa Governments, Africa Union Development Agency-NEPAD and the Africa Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Regional Economic Communities, River Basin Organisations, Regional Water Partnerships, Country Water Partnerships, women organisations, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), UN WOMEN, Global Water Partnership and others.

The programme is implemented with technical support and backstopping from the AIP Secretariat hosted by Global Water Partnership Africa Coordination Unit.