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13 Feb 2018
Video: Itawa Springs Protection Project

In Zambia, Itawa Springs is a significant source of fresh water for households and companies in the area. In this video learn how IWaSP is helping build long-lasting and effective partnerships between companies, officials and communities to ensure water is available for all stakeholders in the future.

19 Dec 2017
Annual Progress Report 2016: Executive Summary

In 2016, IWaSP commenced eight new partnerships, reaching 21 partnerships worldwide: IWaSP partnerships now represent key industries including beverage, agriculture, mining, retail and insurance. In these 21 partnerships, IWaSP cooperates with more than 80 partners from private and public sector, NGOs and community representatives and associations.

Click here to download the Executive Summary.

24 Nov 2017
IWaSP Mid-term Review Final Report

In late-2016, an external panel was engaged to conduct a mid-term review of IWaSP at the strategic and programmatic, country and partnership levels. The MTR included a 5-6 day visit to Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia - 4 out of the 9 IWaSP countries. Read more about IWaSP's progress here.

Click here to download the full Mid-term Review.

25 Oct 2017
Water Forum Aims to Break Sector Silos in Tanzania
October 25, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania – The Tanzanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation in partnership with GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) launched the Pangani Basin Multi-Sector Water Resources Forum. Around 100 participants joined from the public and private sector and civil society and included participants from other African countries, Asia and the Caribbean.  The forum aims to bring together water resources users and planners to discuss how to strengthen coordination, breaking traditional sector silos.
“Water is central to all of our planning: we need it for agriculture, energy, health.  Our common denominator is water,” said Engineer Mbogo Futakamba, Chairman of the National Multi-Sector Water Resources Forum in an interview. “We need partnerships: We want each stakeholder to start planning from the water resources point of view. At the end of the day, we will all have water if we are planning from the perspective of sharing the availability of the resource.”
As explained by Futakamba, Tanzanian water users and authorities are challenged by pipelined private sector development competing with local agriculture projects and local consumption. To ensure equitable access to water for all river basin users and ensure project success, a water-centered approach to development should be prioritized from the start.
 “Water is a shared resource. All stakeholders rely on water for human consumption, livelihoods, business, energy, agriculture, and planning,” Futakamba continued. “Decision making should be equitable and efficient.”
Water is commonly viewed by planners and authorities as a social good. However, the economic value and risk of water-centered planning may make-or-break the success of a project. A shift in the official approach to water as an economic commodity in the value chain of all development projects could support Tanzania’s socio-economic development by ensuring the private sector protects and shares resources more efficiently and equitably. This process begins with better understanding of water resources management and facilitating collaboration between sectors.
“I hope for people attending tomorrow’s forum to be sensitized, come out of their departments and silos and work together, said Futakamba before the launch. “If we successfully work together we will see the impacts: economically, socially and at the community level.”


23 Oct 2017
Regional Water Partners Learn New Lessons from Tanzania Experience
October 23-25, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania – International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) in partnership with Tanzania’s Pangani Basin Water Office held a 3-day regional water stewardship learning event bringing together public and private sector partners and civil society from 13 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. 
“Learning is something dynamic. I am here to learn and re-learn,” said Doreen Wandera, Chairperson of the African Civil Network on Water and Sanitation and Executive Director of the Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network based in Kampala, Uganda. “If we improve our irrigation systems as I have seen here, we could better sustain food production.”
On day one, participants joined thematic field excursions to learn from partners and beneficiaries based in the Usa River sub-catchment. As Uganda relies on agricultural production as a primary source of income, Wandera joined the field trip, ‘Water for Agriculture’. In the field, she discussed good agricultural management practices and how they help achieve domestic water quality standards and maintain ecosystem health.
“Networking, getting to know different stakeholders in the water sector, and seeing how communities and ordinary citizens are involved in decision making is what I will take back with me,” said Luciana Mkandara, Capacity and Impact Manager, Water Witness International based in Tanzania. “Learning how communities organise themselves can be very useful for other projects as well.”
Luciana’s field trip focused on demonstrating new technologies for water resources management aiming to address water challenges and promoting sustainability.  Her group explored how new technologies can help with data collection, inform different sources of decision-making and discussed how technologies can be used to help mitigate risks.
The five fieldtrips highlighted the benefits of working within a partnership model to improve how water resources are shared among user and consumers. Participants had the opportunity to visit local businesses including Kilifora, a flower farm working to raise standards and address the risks of hydropower supplies negatively affected by water stress.
“I will relate our field visits to my local scenario,” said Dr. Kiran Farhan based in the populous Pujab region of Pakistan. As a professional working on capacity building of water sector professionals, challenges including surface water quality, sweet water zones and ground water availability are issues high on Gilhan’s list to address. Whereas her organization’s partnership with IWaSP only began six months ago, she hopes that by working with GIZ they will be able to identify indigenous solutions to water challenges including improved water efficiency, conservation, and innovative technologies for water use.
Participants shared and exchanged on how their water sectors work. Whereas Uganda’s water sector works under a partnership model using a sector-wide approach, others do not, and found it useful to discuss this with her. On day two, participants engaged in in-depth discussions analyzing learnings from the field and the following day, lessons learned were integrated into the launch of the Pangani Basin Multi-Sector Water Resources Management Forum.
“When you work alone […] what do you achieve at the end of the day?” said Ekwarm Johana, Water Delivery Lead for Tullow Oil based in Nairobi, Kenya. “You achieve a one-person project. When you do it as a cross-sectoral project you can bring in experience and more resources. At the end of the day you achieve the same goal, but this way you achieve it together.”
IWaSP is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


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19 Dec 2016
SUWAMA-Usa River partnership launched in Tanzania
On 6 December 2016 a new partnership agreement was signed. The commitment to sustainable water management in Usa River (SUWAMA-Usa River) in the Kilimanjaro region.
The agreement was signed by public sector partners (the Pangani Basin Water Board), civil society (the Tanzanian Horticultural Association and Upper Kikuletwa Water User Association), the private sector (Kiliflora Limited) and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP). 
Collectively, the five (5) partners commit to contribute in kind and in cash to the implementation of working areas and activities identified in the Water Risk Action Plan (WRAP). This is aimed at improving water security in the Usa-River sub-catchment, reaching out to over 25,000 people, with special attention on women and vulnerable groups. 
This partnership will contribute to addressing water-related conflicts through education campaigns for community groups and children, strengthening of governance capacity of key public institutions, increasing of water-use efficiency for small-scale and large-scale farmers, addressing of operation and maintenance challenges related to water supply, and tackling major water quality issues in the sub-catchment.
IPIECA webinar with GIZ
15 Dec 2016
Oil and gas companies engage with IWaSP: industry specific webinar on Partnerships for Water Security at Catchment Scale
IWaSP was invited to present its approach to water stewardship to the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (IPIECA).
The members-only webinar took place on Wednesday, 30 November 2016, which provided an overview of GIZ’s practical actions to deliver water stewardship for the oil and gas sector.
The webinar was focused on case studies from Total and Tullow Oil and representatives shared their experience of working with IWaSP in Uganda and Kenya. The practical examples included the mitigation of shared water risk through collaboration and meaningful engagement with local stakeholders based on the IWaSP partnership approach.
IWaSP engages and enables government institutions, corporates and communities to form watershed partnerships to address shared water risks through collective action. The programme has already set up partnerships with more than 15 companies, including Total and Tullow Oil. The complex dynamics in delivering stewardship and the various needs/interests of partners, the natural environment and the broader community were explored.
Speakers included Richard Boak (Tullow Oil), Godfrey Lukwago (Total), Jan Verweyen (private sector liaison officer of IWaSP), Jacqueline Lehmann (IWaSP, Uganda) and Anne Marie Ran (IWaSP, Kenya). Attendees represented more than 9 IPIECA member companies, including major industry players.  Their feedback was positive and engaging and we look forward to providing them with further information and resources on building successful water stewardship partnerships. 
To view the webinar, click here
For more information on IPIECA, visit
For more information on IWaSP, visit
To contact Jan Verweyen on private sector engagement, send an email to
A 50m3 masonry tank and a 5km water supply pipeline for Enaibor Ajijik Dispensary in Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya
02 Dec 2016
Availing water for Enaibor Ajijik Dispensary in Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya
The transformation of Enaibor Ajijik Dispensary into a water sufficient health facility is one of several success stories of the Imarisha Naivasha Water Stewardship Project in the Lake Naivasha Basin. 
The construction of a 50m3 masonry tank and a 5km water supply pipeline from a community borehole had an immediate positive impact on the community of 4,998 members. The dispensary is located in the water scarce southern side of the Basin and had been dependent on a few well-wishers in the neighborhood to provide water for their operations since its inception in the 1970s. 
Rahab, the resident doctor, narrates that ‘Initially, water was hard to find and the dispensary had to rely on well-wishers to supply water. We had to close down for days when we could not get water to use’. 
The dispensary now has access to sufficient water for its handwashing facilities, cleaning and medical procedures. 
The community raised additional funding to construct a drinking water point and cattle trough drawn from the pipeline constructed under the project. In total, the project cost €43.300 including cost of the pipeline, masonry tank and management committee trainings on operations and maintenance and exclusive the additional infrastructure by the community.
The Imarisha Naivasha Water Stewardship Project is a partnership initiative between IWaSP, Imarisha Naivasha, Water Resources Management Authority, Lake Naivasha Basin Water Resources Users Association, Marks & Spencer, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and TESCO. This joint initiative was established in October 2013 and runs for a five-year period, with the aim of enhancing water security in the Lake Naivasha Basin. 
Attending the KIWA launch: Mrs. Phyllis Wakiaga, Chair of KIWA and CEO of Kenyan Association of Manufacturers, CS Water and Irrigation, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, and Vimal Shah, CEO Bidco and Chair of the 2030 Governing Board, Kenya.
18 Oct 2016
Launch of Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) 2016

The Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) has officially been launched.

KIWA is a public, private and civil society partnership established to collectively address water-related risks.

Jointly established by the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) and the 2030 Water Resources Group, the partnership aims to provide a platform to bring together relevant stakeholders for joint action in sustainable industrial water management, initially focusing on the Nairobi Sub-catchment.

The platform will work as a forum to discuss and implement activities aimed at increasing sustainable access to water with a focus on sustainable ground water management, industrial water use efficiency and improved surface water quality management.

The launch was held on Thursday, 29 September 2016, at the Nairobi Serena Hotel, Kenya.

For more information on IWaSP work in Kenya, click here.