Ground water harvesting is an additional, and potentially renewable and sustainable water resource in the Southern African region. With the challenges of climate change, pollution, and increasing demand on water supply, strengthening the management of groundwater, and developing the capabilities for accessing finance for groundwater infrastructure is rapidly becoming an economic and livelihood imperative for SADC Member States. This is important given that 70% of the region’s population is dependent on groundwater for their livelihoods.
OneWorld was commissioned by SADC-GMI to address some of the challenges of accessing finance for groundwater infrastructure investments in the SADC region. This project focused on the development of a stakeholder needs driven and user-friendly training course and manual for project proposal preparation to access funding for groundwater related infrastructure projects.
A systematic literature and document review underpins our participatory analysis with key stakeholders, governments, development financing institutions and groundwater institutions across the SADC region. Together these fed into the development of a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) for SADC Member States. The TNA informed the development of the Training Manual which is intended to capacitate trainees and hone their project proposal skills.
The manual was used to capacitate 40 trainees from SADC Member States, in English, French or Portuguese, using a blended learning approach. The course was hosted on a sustainable online platform – to ensure long-term use, learning and sustainable capacity building.