CRIDF has produced a new series of ‘project pitches’ to help viable water projects capture funds and become fully operational. Targeting government and the private sector, these detailed briefings outline expected benefits, technical considerations and address relevant institutional, legal and environmental issues to guide investment decisions.
The pitches are produced by CRIDF’s technical programme which works to improve the way projects are planned, managed and implemented, and ensures projects benefit the poor, factor in climate change and are financed and brought to completion.
They also support CRIDF’s wider ‘infrastructure development facility’ model which aims to mobilise £55 million and catalyse and influence a further £465 million from a variety of sources – money that will be channelled to initiatives that are pro-poor, gender-sensitive and climate-resilient.
The pitches are presented in the investment pipeline section of the CRIDF website and represent a subset of CRIDF projects that are actively seeking investment. Users can filter projects based on river basin, country, project status and sector focus.
Initiatives highlighted in the project pipeline are located in several countries and river basins in the Southern Africa region. They include:
- The Mwanza Border Town Water Supply and Sanitation project – providing climate-resilient water supply and sanitation to over 44,000 residents of Mwanza and up to 270,000 cross-border travellers per year. The project will improve health and hygiene, reduce waterborne diseases, provide economic opportunities and build resilience to climate change.
- The Makonde Plateau Water Supply Scheme – upgrading and rehabilitating water treatment and distribution systems to supply 500,000 people. Project investments will improve social development and kick-start growth in the local economy, encourage cross-border economic activities and further develop a growing transport corridor in the region.
- The Songwe River Basin Development Programme – enhancing adaptation to climate change, mitigating adverse environmental impacts on food production and capitalising on economic opportunities available in the Basin. It comprises 26 multi-sectoral projects.
- The Incomati Flood Risk Management Project – reducing flood and drought vulnerability for smallholder farmers and 50,000 households in Mozambique’s Lower Incomati floodplain. The project will also improve the climate resilience of sugar company supply chains. An Early Warning Flood Forecasting System will provide additional benefits for downstream communities in eSwatini and South Africa.
Pitches have been written for these and ten other projects – all available in the Investment Opportunities section of the CRIDF website.