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 of groundwater across the region, the relevant policies and laws pertaining to groundwater, and the funding requirements for groundwater projects, all compiled in a Technical Report, underpinned our participatory analysis. Together these fed into the development of a Training Needs Assessment for SADC Member States.
OneWorld developed the fully online Training Course on Preparing Funding Proposals for Groundwater Related Projects, hosted on CapNet’s Virtual Campus and facilitated by OneWorld. The 7-week Training Course, was used to capacitate 40 participants from SADC Member States and develop their project proposal skills (firstly in English, with future renditions of the Course available in French and Portuguese). By utilising the Virtual Campus, the Course will available online for long-term use, learning and sustainable capacity building.
After the conclusion of the Training Course, OneWorld developed two hard-copy training manuals from the Course content: 1) a Participant’s Manual, and 2) a Facilitators Guide, to be accessible as offline resources to aid the capacity building of regional groundwater players. Links coming soon.