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Stepping Up at the Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit

Stepping Up at the Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit

ACRIS IV, the Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit, unfolded from 5 to 7 March 2019 in Johannesburg. Under the banner “Stepping Up Climate Action in Africa”, a series of high-level expert panels brought voices from governments, civil society, international financial organisations and the private sector together to showcase priority areas of climate resilient investments.…

Climate-proofing water and energy supplies in the Zambezi River Basin

Climate-proofing water and energy supplies in the Zambezi River Basin

In May 2019, UK Aid representatives visited Livingstone, Zambia, where CRIDF is helping the Southern Water & Sewerage Co. (SWSCO) prepare a feasibility study as part of an application to the Green Climate Fund to climate-proof the city’s water supply and sanitation network. Livingstone is especially vulnerable to climate change due to reductions in the…

Bridging the gap in Zambia’s water network

Bridging the gap in Zambia’s water network

The town of Kazungula, Zambia, located at a convergence with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, is poorly serviced by water infrastructure. Yet its proximity to the world-class tourist attraction of Victoria Falls and the impending replacement of the ferry with the Kazungula Bridge means that expansion of existing services is urgently needed. This is especially critical…

CRIDF at World Water Week 2019: Financing social transformation to meet the SDGs

CRIDF at World Water Week 2019: Financing social transformation to meet the SDGs

In August this year, World Water Week will bring nearly 4,000 water experts from around the world to Stockholm to attend 265 sessions under the overarching theme of ‘Water for society – including all’. They will discuss one of the most crucial challenges to humanity: providing sustainable and affordable access to water to all, in…

Mainstreaming gender to make water projects work better

Mainstreaming gender to make water projects work better

Many water schemes fail because women aren’t consulted or considered at the project preparation stage, meaning the final design does not meet the needs and expectations of female beneficiaries. To help address this problem, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) recently hosted a ‘Gender Clinic’ – funded by the German development agency, GIZ, and organised…

Project Preparation Partnership to help connect projects with finance

Project Preparation Partnership to help connect projects with finance

CRIDF’s ability to provide countries with advice that can help them access finance to implement much-needed water projects was central to a new 2018 initiative. The initiative was launched in South Africa in September, at a workshop that focused on project preparation and the benefits of partnering. Attended by more than 100 participants from 24…