ACWUA has wide International Cooperation with the different International organizations and donor agencies and has implemented many projects in the Arab Countries.

  • United States Agency for Internation Development (USAID)
  • German international Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Swedish International Cooperation (SIDA)
  • European Union (EU)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • World Bank

ACWUA  Projects:

Projects with the European Union (EU)

1. Sustainable Water Integrated Management - Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism (SWIM-H2020 SM)

SWIM-H2020 SM is an EU Funded Service Contract of 7m Euros with a duration of 3 years. It aims to assist the MENA countries in their sustainable water management and reduced marine pollution. The implementing consortium is led by LDK Consultants and ACWUA is a member of the consortium

  • The purpose of this project are:

    • Under the H2020 component: to support the implementation of the Horizon 2020 Initiative Road Map and Work Plan aiming for strengthened environmental management, including stronger and better enforced national regulatory and policy frameworks, for reducing and preventing pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, in particular from municipal waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution, with a special focus on commitments under the Barcelona Convention and on addressing issues undermining investment and business opportunities.
    • Under the Sustainable Water Integrated Management component: to strengthen integrated water resources management, with a special focus on water co-operation (including specific actions on shared water resources in the Maghreb), river basin management, water demand management, the water/ energy / food security nexus, broad stakeholder participation and open access to data.

2. Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Programme

ACWUA and the EU have cooperated to conduct different training courses for the aim of de-polluting the Mediterranean by the year 2020 to promote actively the extensive dissemination of sustainable water management policies and practices in the in the Mediterranean and Balkans, in the following topics:

  • Advances in Urban Wastewater Management in Coastal Areas
  • Wastewater treatment and innovative reuse
  • Influencing Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns in the Mediterranean Region through Education for Sustainable Development
  • The implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) as a means to promote environmental integration
  • Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment
  • ISWM with particular focus on appropriate methodologies/ technologies
  • Green Banking in the Mediterranean
  • Aquifer Recharge with Treated Wastewater

3. Empowering regional Civil Society Networks to take an active role in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Southern Mediterranean Region (ENTIRE Project)

ENTIRE is a two year program funded by European Union Non-State and Authorities program with the main objective to strengthen the role of civil society organizations in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) topics in the Southern Mediterranean Region (SMR) working in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Syria and Tunisia.

The implementing agencies of the project are the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI), Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), and Arab Network for Environment & Development (RAED) and the German Water Partnership (GWP). This cooperation is a result of successful networking activities between the German - Arab Water Sector Network and the Collective Leadership Institute.

4. Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM)

ACWUA was elected as part of a consortium to implement the Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) Project in the Arab region - funded by the EU. Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) is a Regional Technical Assistance Programme launched by the European Commission to contribute to the extensive dissemination and effective implementation of sustainable water management policies and practices in the Southern Mediterranean Region. This is in the context of increasing water scarcity, combined pressures on water resources from a wide range of users, desertification processes and in connection with climate change.

Projects with USAID

Three projects funded by the USAID about:

1. Developing and Expanding Certification to cover Business Management, and Operational Excellence (DECOE)

This program falls under the Middle East Regional (MER) Middle East Water Security Initiative (MWSI).

A fixed amount award to the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA); the first Direct Grant for ACWUA from USAID. The purpose of this project is to help ACWUA meet the objectives of its Business Plan (2015-2019) in three of its four strategic areas.

The development of the Business Plan was supported by the two-year USAID-funded activity “Improving Water and Sanitation Services in the Middle East Region” (IWSMR) that ended on September 29, 2015.

The three strategic areas that ACWUA will focus on under this program include the following:

  • Strategic Objective 2 (SO2): Expand ACWUA’s reach regionally and internationally
  • Strategic Objective 3 (SO3): Support the Arab utilities in providing their customers with the best services possible
  • Strategic Objective 4 (SO4): Attain financial sustainability
The life of the program will be 24 months from the date of award. The effective date of this grant is February 16, 2016. The completion date of the grant is February 15, 2018 or upon submission of the final milestone.

2. Certification

Regional certification program with USAID-ME for 2 Million USD over the coming 2 years (Certification, Twining and ACWUA strengthening)

ACWUA has developed in cooperation with USAID-IWSMR the new five-years business plan 2015-2019 which focuses on the development of its services and expanding its scope of work and the level of awareness of its activities,

3. Non-Revenue Water

Research project on Developing diagnosis and strategies to reduce NRW in the MENA region funded by USAID-FABRI project and in association with AFWA.

Projects with SIDA

1. Technical Working Groups (Utility Management and Utility Reform)

Support of ACWUA Utilities Management & Utilities Reform Technical Working Groups

2. MDG+ Initiative

ACWUA was elected by the Arab Ministerial Water Council to implement the MDG+ Project (Establishing a Regional Mechanism for Improved Monitoring and Reporting on Access to Water Supply and Sanitation Services in the Arab Region) in cooperation with UN-ESCWA

Projects with GIZ

Projects with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) (ACWUA-WANT Project 2014-2015):

  • Capacity Development for Energy Efficiency at water utilities in association with ONEE
  • Capacity Development for Urban Sanitation (E-learning courses in association with ONEE)
  • Capacity Development for Regional Benchmarking program for water utilities in the Arab region
  • Capacity Development for Quality Management Systems in association with the Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW) in Egypt
  • Capacity Development in Water Utilities Management, e-learning courses
  • Water Integrity (WI) in Maghreb, managed by ACWUA (regional trainer pool) in association with ONEE and SONEDE.
  • Water Integrity in Near East, managed by ACWUA in association with the Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW) and Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)

Projects with EBRD

  1. Benchmarking water services in Jordan program

  2. Improving Regulatory Framework for Standards of Wastewater Discharge in Jordan program


Projects with World Bank



ACWUA conducted an assignment with the International Benchmarking Network-IBNET of the World Bank to implement the Performance Assessment for Water and Sanitation Utilities in the MENA Region.


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