Aim of Programme

Water4Virungas is a four-year programme to increase access to water and improved watershed management supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda. It is according to the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) framework. The ambition is to improve services by local authorities; ensure an inclusive approach and facilitate democratic dialogue for the improvement of people's livelihoods and their communities.

Root of conflict

Currently, the lack of access to water for household and agricultural uses is a root cause of conflict. Starting in December 2016, Water4Virungas will facilitate collective action to strengthen security, health and economic productivity, by bringing communities together to initiate a dialogue about water. Water4Virungas was developed in close coordination with the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC). Other relevant local partners were also consulted to ensure an approach that can truly lead to reduced conflict in this fragile region plagued by civil unrest and instability.

Broad expertise

Water4Virungas will be implemented by MDF Training & Consultancy in collaboration with the DLO Foundation (represented by Wageningen University), Witteveen+Bos and the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) in the transboundary area spanning across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda.

The consortium partners share the vision that integrated water resource management (IWRM) can contribute to more peaceful, healthy and economically stable communities. Together, they represent a wealth of expertise in IWRM, conflict management and capacity development necessary to ensure the successful and sustainable implementation of the programme.

Complementary actions 

Water4Virungas will address the scarcity of water resources and lack of national water policies and reinforcement. It will build organisational and financial capacities for sustainability among the local stakeholders. The programme will complement ongoing activities in the region, making links with food security and land governance.

Are you eager to learn more about managing projects and the approach to use in achieving results in projects? Read our capacity statement or get in touch with Gertjan Leereveld, the Project Coordinator of Water4Virungas, for more information on the project.