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IWaSP South Africa celebrates Mandela Day with a river clean-up near Ceres
22 Jul 2016
IWaSP South Africa celebrates Mandela Day with a river clean-up near Ceres

In celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July), IWaSP South Africa helped clean a portion of the Wabooms River in Prince Alfred Hamlet, near Ceres in the Western Cape.

This activity supported the Witzenberg Water Savers, a group of enthusiastic volunteers from Prince Alfred Hamlet and Nduli, who have dedicated the past eight months to address the challenges posed by pollution in their communities and to improve water security in the catchment area. The pollution in these areas poses a health threat to residents and threatens the employment of farm workers, since polluted rivers threaten the export quality of produce from the farms in the valley.
Partners for the day included the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency, Witzenberg Municipality, CapeNature, Santam and the World Wide Fund for Nature.


Kenyan Ministry of Water & Irrigation visits Mau Forest with IWaSP and partners
21 Jul 2016
Kenyan Ministry of Water & Irrigation visits Mau Forest with IWaSP and partners

The Protection of South West Mau Forest Complex partnership joins several companies and communities (through the WRUAs) in the Sondu River Catchment which recognise that their future depends on the ecosystem services which the Mau Forest delivers.

Representatives of the Kenyan Ministry of Water & Irrigation visited the Mau Forest on 14 June, joining partners, other government officials and a technical team, for a surveillance flight over the intervention area. Anne Marie Ran, IWaSP Country Coordinator in Kenya, provided feedback to the group on IWaSP’s contribution to this area.

Partners aim to protect the natural resources in the area and will ensure their sustainable use through four key areas: protection of the forest and catchments, regulation of the water resources, improvement of livelihoods and increased access to sustainable energy.

For more information on our work in Kenya, click here.


IWaSP’s Imarisha Naivasha Partnership celebrates a successful rainwater harvesting project at Kahiga Primary School, Kenya
10 May 2016
IWaSP’s Imarisha Naivasha Partnership celebrates a successful rainwater harvesting project at Kahiga Primary School in Kenya

Children at Kahiga Primary School will now enjoy better sanitation thanks to a rainwater harvesting project commissioned by the Imarisha Naivasha partnership and the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP). The project will enable pupils to have access to water for drinking and will improve sanitation standards at the school. The project covered the construction of two water storage tanks, with a combined capacity of 32,000 litres, and hand washing and water collection bays.

Kahiga Primary School is in Lower Malewa. The school has over 200 pupils who previously had to travel long distances to River Malewa to fetch water.

This water harvesting project forms part of the Imarisha Naivasha Water Stewardship Project, which is a joint initiative of Imarisha Naivasha, IWaSP, the Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) and the Lake Naivasha Basin water resources users associations. Imarisha Naivasha is mandated to conserve the Lake Naivasha Basin ecosystem and receives funding from UK retailers (Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer) that source flowers and vegetables from within the basin. These funds have continuously provided private sector contribution to the partnership.

“We have now handed over the project to you so that it might benefit you and your children. What we are asking is that you put in place proper mechanisms to ensure that the water is accessed equitably by members of the community,” said Imarisha Naivasha chief executive officer (CEO), Kamau Mbogo, who addressed parents and teachers at the official handover ceremony. He encouraged parents to contribute towards the regular maintenance of the facility, so that it could be of benefit for years to come. Representatives from Imarisha Naivasha, IWaSP, WRMA and the World Wildlife Fund also attended the ceremony.

Head teacher, John Ngugi, noted that, thanks to the water tanks, access to water in the water stressed area would be improved. “This project has greatly improved health standards for children in this area. The number of children falling ill has reduced, which means that more of them are attending classes and studying. We are enjoying improved performance in class, because the water issue has been resolved. Pupils are now washing their hands after visiting the toilets, leading to better health standards for the children,” he said.

The ceremony was held on 7 April 2016.

Farmer in Uganda
09 Feb 2016
What we do

IWaSP teams advise, enable and facilitate local actors in cities and water catchment areas to support good corporate water stewardship and multi-stakeholder partnerships that improve water security for communities and businesses.

IWaSP builds the capacity of government institutions, private companies and civil society organisations to help build consensus on water security risks and solutions, and to form effective partnerships to implement solutions. IWaSP has developed systematic approaches to establish, develop and facilitate multi-stakeholder platforms to implement water security solutions. With these, IWaSP is able to guide partners towards the creation of localised, transparent and effective measures to improve water security for all. IWaSP builds the capacity of vulnerable groups of society to ensure that these are represented and that their voices are heard during partnership engagement.  

To help build effective collective action, IWaSP has developed the Water Risk and Action Framework (WRAF), which all of its partnerships will be adopting. The WRAF is a flexible series of facilitated steps, tools and methodologies to help disparate stakeholders reach consensus and collective action. Through the WRAF, stakeholders gain access to cutting-edge tools to identify and assess water risks and opportunities which affect their businesses and the communities in general, especially with regard to the financial impacts of water security. This is followed by the creation of project roadmaps and their implementation.

Community empowerment, capacity development and the continuous sharing of best practices and lessons learnt are at the core of IWaSP’s activities. This encourages higher participation in partnerships and the further development of solutions which can continue long after the IWaSP programme comes to an end.


Nomvula Mokonyane  minister for water in SA
24 Jan 2016
Massive turnout at South Africa’s first water stewardship conference

On 27 and 28 October, more than 170 people from government, civil society organisations and over 40 different companies flocked to Sandton to participate in the first ever regional water stewardship conference to be held in South Africa. GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) and the National Business Initiative (NBI) organised the conference together with the goal of promoting the concept of water stewardship.

This event came at a time that South Africa is facing a range of serious water-related challenges. South Africa loses 829 million m³ of water annually due to failing infrastructure and inefficient water management practices; and is facing water restrictions in six provinces affected by the prevailing drought conditions. Agriculture, industry, energy generation and households are all competing for access to this scarce resource. It is by now widely acknowledged that water is posing a real threat to economic growth in the country.

“The response to this conference was overwhelming,” said Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Water and Sanitation, at the event. “It reflects the acknowledgement by all sectors that water has become one of the biggest risks facing governments and businesses today; a risk that cannot be tackled by one sector alone.” Minister Mokonyane delivered the key note address, while German Ambassador to South Africa, Walter Lindner, also addressed participants.

Over the two days, more than 30 people from various organisations shared their knowledge and practical experience in water stewardship with the conference delegates through short presentations or panel discussions. Topics included the benefits and challenges of water stewardship, what role different sectors can play, what is required on a policy level to create a conducive environment for stewardship, as well as how to practically implement water stewardship activities. IWaSP brought some of its project partners from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and the Caribbean to the conference to also share their experiences with the South African delegates.

IWaSP is currently implementing a diverse range of water stewardship projects in South Africa and the above-mentioned countries on behalf of the UK and German Governments. The programme supports companies to become water stewards; companies are encouraged to work together with other role players, such as community organisations and the relevant government authorities, in the catchments in which they operate to together address shared water risks, such as, for example scarcity, water wastage or wastewater treatment challenges. IWaSP facilitates the establishment of such partnerships, manages these partnerships and provides technical input to the measures needed to address the specific water risks.