Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities Network
  • Africa has 9% of global freshwater resources, but 15% of the global population.
  • 26% of Africa's population (244 million) has a piped water connection on their premises.
  • Almost 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa relies on a water source that is more than 30 minutes away from the household.
  • 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.

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SURe Water 4 Africa: Developing LoCS

The Sustainable Urban Resilient Water for Africa: Developing Local Climate Solutions project started in December 2012, part-funded by EuropeAid, 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. 

The need for local authorities to understand the projected impacts of precipitation and temperature on urban environments in a climate change context is urgent. The most vulnerable in urban environs, the urban poor, are typically recipients of the worst impacts of flooding and droughts. The rationale of working with these local authorities is to promote local level action on sustainable integrated urban water management and climate change adaptation towards improved urban water and sanitation service delivery in the context of climate change. 

The SURe Water 4 Africa: Developing LoCS project has three specific objectives:

Objective 1:  To improve local authorities’ local understanding of current & projected climate change risks associated with flooding & drought and to develop capacity amongst policy- and decision-makers to apply such knowledge, and to influence local, national and regional policy & decision-making processes.

 This objective lays the foundation for the whole project in terms of filling knowledge gaps, developing capacity and providing an enabling environment for all three objectives to be met.

Objective 2: To strengthen, develop, pilot and institutionalise municipal integrated flooding and drought intervention frameworks ‘SURe Water Frameworks’ in 6 African LAs with multiplier effects across the region 

This objective continues the knowledge gathering from objective 1, and shares the knowledge amongst the project stakeholders and beyond – regionally and globally. It provides platforms for this knowledge sharing and to enable efficient and direct city to city transfer of knowledge and lessons learned. 

Objective 3: To strengthen local, national & regional knowledge management and to facilitate information sharing on the water/climate change/urban development nexus towards up-scaling locally driven and successful implementation.

Meeting this objective is directly linked to the first two specific objectives. The activities in some cases serve as an input to support the results for the first two objectives and in others an outcome of the first two objectives, contributing to knowledge sharing and upscaling. 

The project will have direct results for the following target groups:

a strengthened enabling environment for local authorities to implement the SURe Water Frameworks and to mainstream Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction into multiple public service sectors; promote strategic partnerships, multi stakeholder dialogues and peer to peer exchange between local authorities (LAs) and decision-makers, but also between technical stakeholders involved in local level service delivery; and adopt an African specific SURe Water mentorship approach. This approach comprises of 3 tiers: i) 2 role model LAs; ii) 6 implementing LAs (ILAs); & iii) 6 participating LAs (PLAs).

There will be one ILA and one PLA in each participating country. The ILAs will be the major focus of the actions, mentored by role model LAs and technical support for project partners, whilst the PLAs will largely observe and learn from ILAs. This model allows for rapid multiplier-effects that will increase the uptake of knowledge, capacity and sustainable implementation across the region over a short period of time, particularly via reporting through ICLEI’s global network. The vision is to harness the catalytic nature of this project to roll it out nationally in each participating country and beyond.

SURe Water Introduction Leaflet