Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities Network
  • 26% of Africa's population (244 million) has a piped water connection on their premises.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for over a third of the world's 884 million people who still do not get their drinking water from improved sources.
  • Africa has 9% of global freshwater resources, but 15% of the global population.
  • Almost 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa relies on a water source that is more than 30 minutes away from the household.

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SURe Water 4 Africa: Developing LoCS

The project SURe Water 4 Africa: Developing LoCS (Dec. 2012 to July 2017), part-funded by EuropeAid, works with local governments in six African countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The project aims to contribute to sustainable climate change (CC) resilient urban water planning mechanisms and action based on international benchmarking within local authorities while ensuring multiplier effects to the region. 

Working in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe the project has adopted a three tiered approach to working with local authorities in the six selected countries: 

i) 2 Role Model Local Authorities

ii) 6 Implementing Local Authorities (ILAs) and;

iii) 6 Participating Local Authorities (PLAs).

The project will focus on the nexus of climate change and water, in particular droughts and floods, while identifying and implementing priority adaptation measures through a participatory planning approach to assist the most vulnerable sectors in the project local authorities. To enable local authorities to carry out sucj a process, project activities focus on capacity building and development of both technical and political local authority officials in the six implementing local authorities via local training workshops, participatory tools and peer-to-peer learning exchanges.

In addition SURe Water 4 Africa aims to facilitate transfer of good practices and knowledge between cities in the region through portals such as the Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network. 

Led by the ICLEI Africa Secretariat, the project partnership included Walvis Bay Municipality, Namibia; the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ); and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia. Furthermore, six African and International experts specializing in urban water, sanitation and climate change were invited to become members of an Advisory Board which guided the project with their professional knowledge and experience.