Facilitation of the SADC Multi-Stakeholder Water Dialogues


Managing the freshwater impacts of climate change in Southern Africa is as much a development challenge as a climate change one. Even without climate change, many of the region’s water resources are facing overuse, pollution and degradation.

In this context, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Water Division (Directorate of Infrastructure Services) established an annual Multi-stakeholder Water Dialogue as an annual platform. The Dialogues aim to further the objectives of regional cooperation on water management and governance.

Under the Regional Climate Change Programme, funded by DfID, OneWorld co-facilitated the second, third and fourth Multi-stakeholder Dialogues, hosted by the SADC Water Division. These were aimed at supporting climate resilience building in the SADC region, through water sector-related initiatives, which became a stated policy objective in the region.

The Dialogues bring together water managers, agronomists, scientists and researchers, representatives of industry, cooperating partners and others to discuss strategies and opportunities in ‘watering development’ in SADC.

OneWorld introduced climate change and water security to the Dialogue in 2008 (Maseru), focusing on the water-climate-energy nexus, using a climate risk and vulnerability mapping approach. OneWorld then co-facilitated the next three Multi-stakeholder Dialogues, which had the themes of Benefit Sharing, Security and the water-energy-climate nexus, and Climate Finance, respectively.

OneWorld’s activities included:

  • Member of the planning committee for each Dialogue: Dialogue design and structure
  • Facilitation and thematic presentations
  • Development of Policy outputs and Dialogue Outcome Statements
  • Development of Briefing Papers.