CRIDF hosts webinar on the GESI Toolkit to support the USAID Resilient Waters Program

CRIDF hosts webinar on the GESI Toolkit to support the USAID Resilient Waters Program

In the context of water, gender is not just a women’s issue. As women are the primary users and managers of water, particularly in rural areas, it is essential that projects aimed at improving access to water, and related infrastructure, services and value chains, take into account their needs. Recently, CRIDF hosted an online workshop…

Tapping the potential of Southern Africa’s aquifers

Tapping the potential of Southern Africa’s aquifers

Southern Africa has been slow to utilise its ample groundwater resources. Despite offering a more reliable alternative to increasingly erratic rainfall and over-exploited rivers and lakes, for example, groundwater accounts for only one per cent of the water used in the region’s irrigation systems. This represents a lost opportunity. A sustainable groundwater strategy that closely…

Proposed water infrastructure facility consolidates the work of CRIDF

Proposed water infrastructure facility consolidates the work of CRIDF

A new water infrastructure facility to consolidate the gains of CRIDF after the UK aid-supported programme has ended was recently discussed at a meeting in Johannesburg. The facility will target climate resilient infrastructure projects and align its priorities with funds already operating within Southern Africa. The Water Resources Technical Committee (WRTC) Working Group meeting provided…

Delivering inclusive, gender-sensitive water infrastructure

Delivering inclusive, gender-sensitive water infrastructure

On International Women’s Day we reflect on CRIDF’s approach to gender equality and our efforts to address gender and social inclusion through water infrastructure projects. The approach is delivering results across Southern Africa – not only for women and girls but for entire communities and the wider water sector. The campaign theme for this year’s…

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…

Scoping complete and feasibility studies underway in Kasumbalesa (DRC) and Kasumbalesa (Zambia) cross-border project to improve water sanitation and hygiene

Scoping complete and feasibility studies underway in Kasumbalesa (DRC) and Kasumbalesa (Zambia) cross-border project to improve water sanitation and hygiene

CRIDF recently completed the first phase of a transboundary project to improve water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Kasumbalesa border towns along the Copper Belt Transport Corridor, straddling Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In this first phase – a scoping assessment – CRIDF analysed data provided by the German development agency GIZ…