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22 Jul 2019
Kilimanjaro, Home to a Great Example of Water Stewardship in Action. And the Highest Mountain in Africa.

Hannah Baleta from the Pacific Institute wrote an interesting article on our involvement in the Usa River in Tanzania, and the Sustainable Water Management in Usa River (SUWAMA) partnership we support there. You can find the article here.

27 Feb 2019
LuWSI Website Launch

The Lusaka Water Security (LuWSI), one of our partnerships in Zambia, has launched its website, a platform that is used to share information and keep partners and the public updated on various LuWSI activities. The website constitutes a source of water security information and a platform for sharing news from the initiative while showcasing LuWSI projects. The website features in-depth background information, the vision, mission and action areas of LuWSI with various special project pages. LuWSI partners from the private and public sector and civil society are also represented on the website. The website is updated regularly with recent news, LuWSI activities and complements the quarterly LuWSI newsletter. For more information on the Lusaka Water Security Initiative, visit here.  

24 Sep 2018
Video: Mlalakua River Restoration Project (MRRP) in Tanzania

The Mlalakua River Restoration Project (MRRP) was a multi-stakeholder partnership that was initiated by GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme from 2013 to 2016. Two years after its close, MRRP stakeholders are still seeing benefits of the initiative and continue to improve their waste management practices. In this video, some of the main partners and key stakeholders in the project area share their thoughts on behaviour change, successes and challenges. How can good practices be up-scaled to other neighbourhood in Dar Es Salaam and Tanzania?

Find the video here.

Key MRRP collaborators included: GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme, the Global Environment &Technology Foundation (GETF), the Wami Ruvu Basin Water Board (WRBWB), the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC), Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC), Coca Cola Sabco, Nabaki Afrika, Bremen Overseas Research Agency (BORDA), and Nipe Fagio.

Find an additional video on another collective action to protect Tanzania's water resources here.



03 Aug 2018
Annual Progress Report 2017: Executive Summary

In 2017, IWaSP was active in 29 partnerships spread out across nine countries: Ethiopia, Grenada, Kenya, Pakistan, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. IWaSP improves water security for people across the globe by helping governments, businesses and civil societies form partnerships with each other to manage common, water-related risks. The goal is to provide lasting benefits to all groups involved, along with the communities they belong to. By 2019, IWaSP aims to improve water security, thus facilitating economic growth and reducing poverty, for 1.2 million direct beneficiaries and 7.3 million indirect beneficiaries.

Download the Executive Summary




13 Feb 2018
Video: Itawa Springs Protection Project

In Zambia, Itawa Springs is a significant source of fresh water for households and companies in the area. In this video learn how IWaSP is helping build long-lasting and effective partnerships between companies, officials and communities to ensure water is available for all stakeholders in the future.

19 Dec 2017
Annual Progress Report 2016: Executive Summary

In 2016, IWaSP commenced eight new partnerships, reaching 21 partnerships worldwide: IWaSP partnerships now represent key industries including beverage, agriculture, mining, retail and insurance. In these 21 partnerships, IWaSP cooperates with more than 80 partners from private and public sector, NGOs and community representatives and associations.

Click here to download the Executive Summary.

24 Nov 2017
IWaSP Mid-term Review Final Report

In late-2016, an external panel was engaged to conduct a mid-term review of IWaSP at the strategic and programmatic, country and partnership levels. The MTR included a 5-6 day visit to Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia - 4 out of the 9 IWaSP countries. Read more about IWaSP's progress here.

Click here to download the full Mid-term Review.

25 Oct 2017
Water Forum Aims to Break Sector Silos in Tanzania
October 25, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania – The Tanzanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation in partnership with GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) launched the Pangani Basin Multi-Sector Water Resources Forum. Around 100 participants joined from the public and private sector and civil society and included participants from other African countries, Asia and the Caribbean.  The forum aims to bring together water resources users and planners to discuss how to strengthen coordination, breaking traditional sector silos.
“Water is central to all of our planning: we need it for agriculture, energy, health.  Our common denominator is water,” said Engineer Mbogo Futakamba, Chairman of the National Multi-Sector Water Resources Forum in an interview. “We need partnerships: We want each stakeholder to start planning from the water resources point of view. At the end of the day, we will all have water if we are planning from the perspective of sharing the availability of the resource.”
As explained by Futakamba, Tanzanian water users and authorities are challenged by pipelined private sector development competing with local agriculture projects and local consumption. To ensure equitable access to water for all river basin users and ensure project success, a water-centered approach to development should be prioritized from the start.
 “Water is a shared resource. All stakeholders rely on water for human consumption, livelihoods, business, energy, agriculture, and planning,” Futakamba continued. “Decision making should be equitable and efficient.”
Water is commonly viewed by planners and authorities as a social good. However, the economic value and risk of water-centered planning may make-or-break the success of a project. A shift in the official approach to water as an economic commodity in the value chain of all development projects could support Tanzania’s socio-economic development by ensuring the private sector protects and shares resources more efficiently and equitably. This process begins with better understanding of water resources management and facilitating collaboration between sectors.
“I hope for people attending tomorrow’s forum to be sensitized, come out of their departments and silos and work together, said Futakamba before the launch. “If we successfully work together we will see the impacts: economically, socially and at the community level.”


23 Oct 2017
Regional Water Partners Learn New Lessons from Tanzania Experience
October 23-25, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania – International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) in partnership with Tanzania’s Pangani Basin Water Office held a 3-day regional water stewardship learning event bringing together public and private sector partners and civil society from 13 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. You can find a video about the event here.
“Learning is something dynamic. I am here to learn and re-learn,” said Doreen Wandera, Chairperson of the African Civil Network on Water and Sanitation and Executive Director of the Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network based in Kampala, Uganda. “If we improve our irrigation systems as I have seen here, we could better sustain food production.”
On day one, participants joined thematic field excursions to learn from partners and beneficiaries based in the Usa River sub-catchment. As Uganda relies on agricultural production as a primary source of income, Wandera joined the field trip, ‘Water for Agriculture’. In the field, she discussed good agricultural management practices and how they help achieve domestic water quality standards and maintain ecosystem health.
“Networking, getting to know different stakeholders in the water sector, and seeing how communities and ordinary citizens are involved in decision making is what I will take back with me,” said Luciana Mkandara, Capacity and Impact Manager, Water Witness International based in Tanzania. “Learning how communities organise themselves can be very useful for other projects as well.”
Luciana’s field trip focused on demonstrating new technologies for water resources management aiming to address water challenges and promoting sustainability.  Her group explored how new technologies can help with data collection, inform different sources of decision-making and discussed how technologies can be used to help mitigate risks.
The five fieldtrips highlighted the benefits of working within a partnership model to improve how water resources are shared among user and consumers. Participants had the opportunity to visit local businesses including Kilifora, a flower farm working to raise standards and address the risks of hydropower supplies negatively affected by water stress.
“I will relate our field visits to my local scenario,” said Dr. Kiran Farhan based in the populous Pujab region of Pakistan. As a professional working on capacity building of water sector professionals, challenges including surface water quality, sweet water zones and ground water availability are issues high on Dr. Farhan’s list to address. Whereas her organization’s partnership with IWaSP only began six months ago, she hopes that by working with GIZ they will be able to identify indigenous solutions to water challenges including improved water efficiency, conservation, and innovative technologies for water use.
Participants shared and exchanged on how their water sectors work. Whereas Uganda’s water sector works under a partnership model using a sector-wide approach, others do not, and found it useful to discuss this with her. On day two, participants engaged in in-depth discussions analyzing learnings from the field and the following day, lessons learned were integrated into the launch of the Pangani Basin Multi-Sector Water Resources Management Forum.
“When you work alone […] what do you achieve at the end of the day?” said Ekwarm Johana, Water Delivery Lead for Tullow Oil based in Nairobi, Kenya. “You achieve a one-person project. When you do it as a cross-sectoral project you can bring in experience and more resources. At the end of the day you achieve the same goal, but this way you achieve it together.”
IWaSP is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).