The African Water Association (AfWA) is a professional association
whose membership is made up of African water utilities, professionals
in the African water sector as well as environmentalists.
It started out as the UAWS (Union of African Water Suppliers) in 1980,
whose original purpose was to serve as an apex organization for
its member African water utilities, carrying out among other things lobbying and advocacy, benchmarking,
support and capacity building. The AfWA Headquarters are in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and its current
membership covers 35 African nations, including Uganda (represented by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation).
From February 23rd to 28th 2008, all the world actors of water and environment met in Cotonou, Benin
for the 14th African Water Association Congress under the theme “Partner and good governance
to reach the Millennium objective for development in the African water and sanitation sector”.
The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) were invited to participate in this event which
brought together all decisions-makers of the water sector in Africa. This event provided a forum in which
solutions for water sector problems could be found through brainstorming.
During the 14th congress, Uganda was selected to host the 15th Congress of the African Water Association
due to take place in the year 2010. National Water and Sewerage Corporation was also
selected as the host utility for the event. The Water sector in Uganda sees this as an opportunity
for the member countries to learn from each other more about the reforms being undertaken and
the positive impacts they are having.