The AGW-Net was established to increase awareness of the potential and value of groundwater across the continent and to contribute to capacity building in the groundwater sector in Africa.
The objectives of AGW-Net include building capacity for improved groundwater management at all levels, advocacy for wise and sustainable use and protection of groundwater and integration of groundwater management with surface water. 

The Africa Groundwater Network also acts as a meeting place for the African Groundwater Community, where ideas may be debated, projects and plans shared, jobs and work advertized and partners and friendships formed.

Africa Groundwater Network works in close cooperation with the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and AGW-Net held an informal steering committee meeting at the 2014 IAH Congress in Marrakech Morocco. This is only the second time that IAH has held its annual congress in Africa. The previous occasion was at the other end of the continent in Cape Town 2001. 

Morocco is an arid country was a long history of water conservation and water management. The conference was a big success and an excellent opportunity for hydrogeologists from sub-Saharan Africa to meet counterparts from North Africa. 

The image below shows a beautiful drinking water fountain in Marrakech.

 

AGW-Net Diary of Events

No upcoming events are planned, but events in which AGW-Net has participated can be seen in the archives on the Events page. As new events are planned, they will be posted here

Recent News

01 October 2014
Network Manager, Prof Tamiru Abiye, has produce a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (MELP) for the network in 2014. These MELP help both the network and our sponsors CapNet to keep track of our outputs and our impact.
13 May 2014
In September 2013, AGW-Net carried out a pilot training for ORASECOM of our new course: Integration of Groundwater Management into Africa Basin Organization. Here is the participants feedback 7 months later.
11 March 2014
AGW-Net and its partners, BGR, Cap-Net, IWMI, IGRAC, and IMAWESA, have developed a new training program: Integration of Groundwater Management into African Basin Organizations.
11 March 2014
Compilation of an African metadata-set of long-term groundwater-level records & IAH2014 training workshop on analysing groundwater-level data
30 January 2014
AGW-Net has updated its flyer which is now available on line.

History of AGW-Net

AGW-Net was inaugurated at a meeting held in Pretoria South Africa on 21st and 22nd July 2008 at the Cap-Net offices in the Water Research Commission building. Institutional participants and partners at this inauguration meeting were Cap-Net (UNDP), BGR, WaterNet, WA-Net, Nile IWRM-Net, GWP-SA and UNW-DPC. Also present was the Burdon Network of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.

Twenty water and groundwater specialists representing 20 educational and public sector institutions from 19 countries across Africa attended the meeting. This group agreed unanimously that there was a need for a groundwater group to raise awareness of groundwater in Africa, to promote better management of the resource and to provide a professional and technical link to recent developments on the continent such as eg: the Africa Groundwater Commission (AGWC) established by AMCOW and the SADC Limpopo Groundwater and Drought Management Project (LGDMP). The meeting agreed to inaugurate the Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net).

The membership of AGW-Net at October 2014 is 318. The map shows the distribution of membership.