Access to water and sanitation constitute both a need and a basic right for people all over the world. It affects public health, gender equality, the environment and economic processes.
What we do
Access to drinking water and sanitation
Through a partnership with users groups and public operators, we contribute to the construction of infrastructure in view of improving peoples’ access to drinking water. We increase production capacities, develop water distribution networks and improve water quality. As a consequence, water chores, which are usually carried out by women and young girls, become less time consuming.
We help people to improve the local environment, mostly through awareness-raising activities and the installation of equipment (drainage of runoff, evacuation and treatment of waste water, latrines, etc.).
Water & agriculture
We also intervene in the area of water for production aiming to enhance agricultural productivity, to foster the diversification of production and year-round cultivation. To do so, we build infrastructures to store and supply water to the crops and to protect farm land from the risks of flooding (dams, embankments, irrigation networks, wells, etc.). We also assist users with putting in place management systems for these installations.
We provide advice to our partners and strengthen the actors involved in water management – from user-consumers up to the state departments and including water professionals. Governance of the sector, and the planning and the management of infrastructure constitute essential axes of our assistance in view of ensuring sustainable service-delivery and the right to water.
Integrated Water Resources Management
Integrated Water Resources Management is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximise the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital eco-systems (Global Water Partnership, 2000).
To enhance the sustainability of water resources we support the various actors and users to work together through the installation of Integrated Water Resources Management programmes.
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News & Events
05 February 2024
Africa CDC and Enabel strengthen collaboration to reinforce health systems capacity in Africa
“This collaboration with Africa CDC is paramount to move forward and strengthen the continental health security architecture,” says Jean Van Wetter. Read more
31 January 2024
Joint Press Release: Rwanda and Belgium sign new bilateral cooperation programme
The new cooperation programme strategically allocates resources across key sectors including agriculture, urbanisation and health.
11 January 2024
Evelien Masschelein appointed Director of Expertise & Think at Enabel
With Evelien Masschelein, Enabel appoints an experienced insider as Director of Expertise & Think. Read her bio.
08 January 2024
2023: A year in review
At the beginning of this new year, we take the time to look back at some of our work in 2023.
13 December 2023
Combined efforts of Enabel, Bluesquare and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate malaria in Burundi and Niger
Enabel announces a strategic partnership with Bluesquare and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to step up the fight against malaria in Burundi and Niger.
28 November 2023
The 2023 Awa Prize puts women’s entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East in the spotlight
Spotlight on the winners of the second edition of the Awa Prize, active in the green and circular economy.