Southern African Water Wire expands co-operation

The Southern African Water Wire, produced by Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, has entered a second phase with expanded support to focus on climate change and river basin management in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

AusAID is the latest donor to support this programme, which promotes integrated water resources management in the SADC region through the production of radio and print stories for use by community and mainstream media, as well as capacity building for regional reporters.

“The expanded co-operation reflects donor commitment to the principles of the international harmonization agenda as laid down in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action. This also means to align donor modes of delivery to the needs of partners,” said Dr Horst Vogel, Head of Programme of GTZ Transboundary Water Management in SADC.

In line with its focus on river basin organisations in the region, IPS Africa led a regional training workshop at the recent Limpopo Basin Permanent Technical Committee's (LBPTC) meeting during 2-4 June in Francistown, Botswana.

“Large parts of the SADC region are water poor,” said IPS regional director Paula Fray. “The story of water is the story of life for many citizens in the region. How we share those resources will play a critical role in how we cope with climate. Telling those stories in a way that reflects its impact in a human way is critical.”

The Southern African Water Wire is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in delegated cooperation with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Australian Government (AusAID) on behalf of the SADC Secretariat. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) is implementing the partnership programme.

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Date published: 
Monday, 14 June, 2010

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