Project Profile

Operationalizing Community-driven multiple-use water services (MUS) in South Africa

Duration : October 1, 2016 - May 31, 2019
(Extended to June 30, 2020)

South Africa's National Water Resources Strategy (2013) identifies the need for a new approach to planning for community water supplies that considers and provides for the multiple water needs of the community. The present project 'Operationalizing Community-driven multiple use water services (MUS) in South Africa' seeks to innovate, demonstrate and upscale this new approach. Supported by the African Water Facility/African Development Bank, with the Water Research Commission as recipient, this action-research has three goals. The first objective is to demonstrate and assess the benefits of this community-driven planning and implementation process for multiple use water supplies in six villages in two of the poorest districts, Vhembe and Sekhukhune in Limpopo Province (led by the NGO Tsogang Water and Sanitation). The second goal, led by IWMI in collaboration with the University of Venda, is to enhance the knowledge base of the process and benefits of MUS, and its upscaling. Thirdly, based on the evidence generated, all project partners seek to upscale the MUS approach at district, provincial and national level for downstream investments of up to Euro 35 million.

Location(s): South Africa
Project Contact: Jacobs-Mata, Inga
Donor(s): African Development Bank
Research Collaborator(s) : Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), RSA, Limpope Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tsogang Water and Sanitation, University of Venda, Water Resources Commission,

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI