Welcome to the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF)
Finding solutions to water problems that affect the poor
We’re working to help governments and businesses in Southern Africa find long-term solutions that will benefit some of the poorest people on earth.
Creating a cooperative environment for economic development
We’re developing and guiding cooperation in the water sector across national borders to enable Southern Africa’s economy to grow.
Laying the foundations for independence from water aid in Southern Africa
Long-term solutions to water management require work to build the capacity of institutions to plan, finance and develop infrastructure.
Finding long-term solutions to inter-country water management that will benefit some of the poorest people in the world
Water resources like rivers cross country borders. Engineering solutions need to be backed up by fair policy if Southern Africa’s water is to be used efficiently.
Helping to prevent water-related conflicts that could kill millions
Without proper planning and policy now, experts predict that water-related conflicts are going to become more and more common in Southern Africa.
Giving Southern Africa’s water engineering community the skills it needs to build essential infrastructure
We’re sharing best-practice tools with local engineers so that ownership of water infrastructure projects is kept local. Our training will also mean that local people will be able to predict, manage and mitigate the impacts of extreme climate events.
Helping to bring about change through the private sector
Ultimately, solving water infrastructure problems will depend on private sector investment. By the end of this programme we will have mobilised £55 million of new private investment in the water sector.
Women in Africa have to walk 6 km on average every day just to fetch water
This keeps them in poverty by limiting their ability to do other things like growing food or earning an income. Stable water infrastructure will change this.
Where we work
CRIDF engages with projects across 12 countries in Southern Africa. Use our interactive map to find out more about the work we do.