The primary goal of the Rwanda Integrated Water Security Program (RIWSP) is to improve the sustainable management of water quantity and quality to positively impact human health, food security, and resiliency to climate change for vulnerable populations in targeted catchments in Rwanda. We propose to accomplish this by: (i) Increasing sustainable and resilient access to water and WASH related infrastructure and services for domestic and productive use; (ii) Strengthening governance of water-related resources at the national, watershed, and community scale to increase sustainability and resiliency of the resource for all users; and (iii) Improving technical practices and approaches to optimize the use and resiliency of available water resources for multiple uses. While the program is expected to contribute to health, food security and climate change-related development objectives, the overall focus of RIWSP is on water as a unifying theme. In this context, the overall strategy of the Program is rooted on an Integrated Water Resources Management approach.
The conceptual approach guiding RIWSP involves a carefully coordinated set of simultaneous and sequential activities nested at multiple spatial scales, particularly at the community and central government levels. At the community level, through implementing practical and innovative technical activities, we aim to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable rural populations, while building capacities at the local level to ensure the long-term benefits of these activities. At the district and national levels, we will contribute to institutional strengthening through capacity building of human resources and support to the development and implementation of national policies and strategies related to the three sector areas (water, food security, and adaptation to climate change) addressed by RIWSP.
FIU will also take responsibility for technical assistance and capacity building in the areas of policy for IWRM, governance, climate change adaptation, along with the coordination of the small grants component.
CARE is one of the world’s largest organizations working to address the underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient.
ICIWaRM was established by the U.S. Army Institute for Water Resources (IWR) in 2007 in collaboration with U.S. institutions and organizations sharing an interest in the advancement of the science and practice of integrated water resources management (IWRM). It was formalized as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) category 2 water center in 2009 with the signing of an agreement between the U.S. The International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) will have the responsibility of developing the Drought Atlas for Rwanda.
UNESCO-IHE is the largest water higher education facility in the world and provides training, technical advice, and technical support services to water, environment, and infrastructure sectors in developing countries and countries in transition. UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education will take joint responsibility, with FIU, for the implementation of technical assistance to the GoR in the IWRM and decentralized governance at the national level. Additionally, they will provide technical assistance to the GOR through the strengthening of the hydrological plan.
Winrock is a nonprofit organization that works with people around the world to increase economic opportunity, develop human capacity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment, matching innovative approaches with the unique needs of its development partners. Winrock International will take primary responsibility for innovative approaches in water supply development, particularly through MUS.
World Vison Rwanda began working with the people of Rwanda in 1976, then focusing on food, clothing, and education for children and their families. From the late 1980s and into the mid 90s, WVR began responding to an urgent appeal from the international community regarding the refugee crisis in southern Rwanda by meeting the basic needs of refugees fleeing ethnic violence. World Vision (Rwanda-WVR) will work on hygiene behavior activities at the community and facility care level. WVR will also assist farmers to introducing innovative technologies for irrigation.