Policy Brief 5 Management of Groundwater in Africa Implications for Meeting MDGs, Livelihood Goals

Groundwater is one of the most important sources for drinking water, livestock water and irrigation in Africa. It is particularly important for arid and semi-arid countries in the northern and southern parts of Africa, since it is often the only source of water in these areas. Groundwater resources represent 15% of the continent’s renewable water resources, yet its hidden presence under the ground has left it largely under-valued and under-utilized, with the exception of its use for potable water.