Working collaboratively

Working collaboratively with key partner organisations

Southern Africa is a large region with a vast array of social, environmental, economic and political perspectives and needs. The geography of the region means that water sources are needed to serve these differing needs; from thirsty children to those of international agribusinesses bringing economic growth into Africa.
To agree on the destination of water resources with people and organisations right across Southern Africa is therefore a complex task. CRIDF is working with partners at all levels across the region to address the widespread poverty in the region.

– CRIDF works collaboratively with key Southern African partner organisations to identify the projects that will have the greatest positive impact on the poor
By working with key partner organisations from the Southern African Development Community and River Basin Organisations to governments and the private sector, CRIDF will identify the water projects with the greatest potential to improve the lives of the poor.

– CRIDF equips decision makers with the knowledge they need to protect local communities from drought and flooding in the long-term
To achieve long-term sustainability, CRIDF provides key partners with tools they need to make sensitive decisions in the water sector. CRIDF transfers technical knowledge through embedding technical experts in ministries, as well as through a demand-driven rapid advisory service. This approach means that regional, national and private organisations retain technical knowledge locally, so that climate resilient approaches will be adopted independently of CRIDF in the long-term.

– CRIDF ensures that new water projects are climate resilient
Uptake of new climate-resilient approaches in every water project in the region is essential. Even one small water project can have a knock-on effect across a whole river basin, leaving farmers growing vital crops without water and flooding the homes of the poor. CRIDF reaches out to organisations installing water infrastructure to provide expertise in integrating a climate-resilient approach that protects local people and their livelihoods.