GWP Eastern Africa was constituted in 2003 by stakeholders to support the sustainable development and management of water resources at all levels in the region. It focuses on achieving the vision, mission and strategic goals of GWP global through approved workplans and budgets.
GWP Eastern Africa is currently composed of nine Country Water Partnerships (Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda) and counts over 200 partners operating in these Countries. GWPEA works with these country water partnerships to address water security issues and environmental challenges such as droughts, floods, food insecurity, climate change and water insecurity.
In line with GWP global thinking, GWP Eastern Africa and its partners strive to promote the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) ideology in a holistic approach to finding solutions to water insecurity. Most of them have now developed and implemented IWRM plans and related strategies and actions. Alongside the IWRM Plans, Climate Adaptation strategies that seek to address climate related challenges emanating from the water and inter-connected sectors (agriculture, energy, ecosystem, etc). GWPEA strategy consists for mainstreaming climate adaptation approaches and building resilience of communities within the countries.
GWPEA highest decision making body is the Regional Consulting Partners meeting (RCP) which represents all partners from all Country Water Partnerships. It has a Regional Steering Committee (RSC) which meets twice in a year to oversee and provide strategic guidance on the implementation of ongoing and future programs. It has a Regional Secretariat Office hosted at the Nile Basin Initiative in Entebbe, Uganda.