Review of SADC’s Strategic Action Plan on Integrated Water Resources


The context

Shared watercourses, such as transboundary river basins, present a range of opportunities for cooperation to support regional economic development. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is home to 15 shared river basins, including the Limpopo, the Zambezi and the Cubango-Okavango, with most of these being shared between at least two countries. Developing shared watercourses provides a way of furthering SADC’s objectives of increasing regional integration and development, and reducing poverty.

The purpose of SADC’s Regional Strategic Action Plan (RSAP) on Integrated Water Resources Development & Management (IWRDM) is to implement SADC’s regional policy and strategy for the water sector.

The objective of the RSAP IV (2016-2020) of the SADC Water Programme is:

“To unlock the potential for water (and related resources) to play its role as an engine and catalyst for socioeconomic development through water infrastructure development and management to support water supply and sanitation, energy, food security, and security from water-related disasters with the ultimate goal of contributing towards peace and stability, industrialisation, regional integration and poverty eradication.”

The project

OneWorld is carrying out the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of RSAP IV, undertaking a systematic evaluation of the progress made towards achieving its operational objectives, as well as developing key recommendations to inform the next iteration: RSAP V (2020-2024).

The project team is applying a theory of change (ToC) approach, through stakeholder engagement, desktop document reviews and a strategic institutional and governance assessment. Key stakeholders include member states, River Basin Organisations (RBOs), various SADC institutions, International Cooperating Partners (ICPs) and implementing agencies.

Specific areas of assessment include: i) determining the implementation status of RSAP IV work programmes; ii) evaluating the progress made thus far; iii) analysing the environmental, financial and socio-economic sustainability of implemented activities; and iv) appraising various modes of project delivery.

OneWorld’s activities included:

  • Undertaking desktop document and policy review of key regional and national policies and strategies, records of ministerial and committee meetings, and records of SADC regional water dialogues and RBO workshops.
  • Conducting interviews and focus group discussions with key stakeholders from the SADC region involved in the implementation and/or development of RSAP IV.
  • Follow-up consultations with key informants (e.g. RBOs, Global Water Partnership Southern Africa etc.) to validate and consolidate findings at the SADC Water Dialogue.
  • Presenting and validating the findings and recommendations to the SADC Water Resources Technical Committee (WRTC) and Water Strategy Reference Group (WSRG).

Project Data

Client : Southern African Development Community (GWP/SADC)

Region : Southern African Development Community

Project Duration :  December 2018 – May 2019

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