The precise objective of the regional consultations was to provide inputs for the preparation of the detailed 5-year Action Plan (2015-2020) in the following strategic areas:
• strengthening the institutional, resources mobilization, technical and knowledge
sharing capacity of ANBO;
• strengthening the institutional basis of Basin Organizations;
• strengthening the planning, resources mobilization, and implementation capacity of
the Basin Organizations;
• strengthening the data, information and knowledge management capacity of the
ANBO was created to meet a need for coordination and enhanced cooperation between African organizations involved in water resources management of rivers, lakes basins and aquifers and aims to consolidate as a single representative body, according to the guidelines set by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW). It is against this background that the European Union decided to sponsor a project for Strengthening Institutions for Transboundary Waters Resources Management in Africa (SITWA). The SITWA Inception Phase, conducted during 2013, resulted in the SITWA Inception Report, which recommended the preparation of a 10-year strategy and 5-year detailed action plan for the ANBO. A consultant was thus appointed to support the formulation of this strategy and action plan to be submitted to the General Assembly of ANBO by November 2014. A first draft of the strategic framework (vision, mission, objectives) was discussed during the ANBO Coordination Bureau Meeting in Abuja on 16 April 2014 and a second draft was discussed during the SITWA Steering Committee Meeting in Dakar on 29 May 2014.