Water Sector Links
African Water Issues Research Unit (AWIRU)
AWIRU strives to support NEPAD by developing a scientific understanding of the role of water as a source of socio-economic and political stability.
Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD)
AWARD aims to improve the quality of life of rural communities in South Africa’s ex-homeland areas -
it focuses on Sabie-Sand river catchment and Bushbuckridge area.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
The CSIR in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. It undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.
Department of Water Affairs
This government web site contains information on policy and legislation relating to both water services and water resources management.
Rand Water is a bulk water supplier to the Gauteng area. It has moved beyond this traditional role to also providing water to communities.
Southern Africa Water Crisis (SAWAC)
SAWAC focuses on the gathering and dissemination of information about the environment. It aims to combat destruction and to rehabilitate the environment.
Tsogang Water & Sanitation is a non governmental organisation established in 1995 to assist in the development struggle of South Africa. The organisation's primary focus is on communities in Limpopo.
Umgeni Water is the largest water board in KwaZulu-Natal. It has moved beyond only supplying bulk water to also providing accessible and affordable water to communities.
Water Information Network - South Africa (WIN-SA)
WIN is a network of organisations in the water services sector that aims to ensure that the body of knowledge is well managed and accessible.
Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA)
WISA provides a forum for the exchange of information and views to improve water resource management in southern Africa.
Water Research Commission (WRC)
The WRC funds water and sanitation research. It promotes the effective transfer of information and technology.
International links for water and sanitation
ANEW - African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation
ANEW is a regional networking body of African civil society organizations actively involved in the field of sustainable water management, water supply and sanitation.
Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation (BPD)
BPD Water and Sanitation is an informal international network of partners involving business, government and civil society.
CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food
CGIAR creates research-based knowledge and methods for growing more food with less water, and for setting targets and monitoring progress.
GEMS / WATER (United Nations Environment Programme)
GEMS / WATER is a multi-faceted water science programme oriented towards understanding freshwater quality issues throughout the world.
Global Water Partnership (GWP)
GWP’s mission is to support countries in the sustainable management of water resources through building a network of internationalorganisationsand institutions.
Institute of Water and Sanitation Development
The IWSD (Harare) addresses issues of sustainable development and management of water resources, waste management and environmental integrity in southern Africa.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
IWMI works with partners in the South to develop tools and methods to help eradicate poverty through more effective management of their water and land resources.
The Interwater web site is the internet gateway to water and sanitation information in developing countries. It lists many key international organizations in the sector.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
The IRC’s web site covers international water and sanitation sector news, advice and research. It focuses on low cost water supply and sanitation in developing countries.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
The LSHTM offers a range of Masters courses on hygiene and tropical medicine, and is involved in research projects on sanitation, health and hygiene.
NETWAS - Network for Water and Sanitation
NETWAS is a network of not-for-profit organisations in eastern Africa. It focuses on capacity building and information networking in water, sanitation and the environment.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 14 organizations working together in 99 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.
SANDEC Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
SANDEC (Switzerland) focuses on problems of sustainable development in economically less-developed countries.
This is an internet-based resource giving access to reliable and up-to-date information on technologies, institutions, and financing of sanitation systems around the world.
SKAT is a Swiss consultancy working internationally in the areas of water and sanitation, architecture and building, transport infrastructure and urban development.
Streams of Knowledge
Streams of Knowledge is a global partnership of learning organisations (resource centers), working together with the poor for a better future.
The Mvula Trust
The Mvula Trust is a sustainable development NGO. It focuses on the rural and peri-urban context. It both implements projects and supports policy development and practice.
TREND is an NGO in Ghana focusing on water and environmental sanitation. Their key role includes low-cost technologies, documentation and dissemination.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF is actively involved in the water and environmental sanitation sector in Africa, as these issues impact on child health and development.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) South Africa
The UNDP assists governments and civil society to build and share solutions to challenges of local governance, poverty reduction, energy, the environment and HIV/AIDS.
United Nations Development Programme / World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (UNDP-WB WSP)
The WSP is a partnership directly addressing the problem of lack of access to basic water and sanitation services.
United Nations Environmental Programme
GEMS / WATER
United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO)
The WHO’s objective is for all people to attain the highest possible level of health - defined as far more than the absence of disease.
WASTE works towards sustainable improvement of the living conditions of the urban poor, and the urban environment in general.
Water, Engineering and Development Centre, The
WEDC is concerned with education, training, research, and consultancy relating to the planning, provision, and management of infrastructure for development.
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
The WSSCC is an international organisation that enhances collaboration in the sector. It aims to accelerate the achievement of sustainable services for all people.
WaterAid is an British charityspecialisingin water, sanitation and hygiene education.
World Health Organisation (Water, Sanitation and Health)
WHO works on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene where the health burden is high and interventions could make a major difference through improved knowledge.
World Health Organisation Library Database (WHOLIS)
WHOLIS is the WHO library database.
World Water Council (WWC)
The WWC is an international water policy think tank. It promotes awareness of critical water issues on an environmentally sustainable basis.
World’s Water, The
This web site provides information on the world’s freshwater resources, and an extensive links page to water-related institutions.
Other relevant links
African Gender Institute (AGI)
The AGI is committed to the attainment of gender equity through strengthening the work of intellectuals, researchers and policy makers with similar objectives.
Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC)
AIDC is an economic justice and social transformation NGO working with popular organisations and social movements in Southern Africa.
Commission on Gender Equality (CGE)
The Commission promotes gender equality and advises and makes recommendations to legislatures regarding gender equality and the status of women.
Department for International Development (DFID)
DFID is the British Government’s development assistance programme. It is responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty.
Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Formerly Provincial and Local Government)
This government web site contains information on local government programmes, policy and legislation.
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
The DBSA addresses socio-economic imbalances, and helps improve the quality of life of southern Africans.
Empowerment for African Sustainable Development (EASD)
EASD seeks to promote the empowerment of Africans in the area of sustainable development.
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
The HSRC supports development in Africa by conducting applied social-scientific research projects and co-coordinating research programmes.
Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa): Local Government Centre
This web site contains information about Idasa’s local government activities and work.
Municipal Demarcation Board
Established in 1999, the Board is responsible for demarcating the boundaries of South Africa’s municipalities.
National Business Initiative (NBI)
The NBI’s web site contains information about its LED and effective governance units.
National Development Agency (NDA)
The mandate of the NDA is to eradicate poverty and its causes. It assists in ensuring the sustainability of community projects, and provides funding, capacity building, etc.
National Research Foundation (NRF)
The NRF supports research to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in the fields of natural and social sciences, humanities and technology.
South African Government Online
The official web site of government, providing information on ministries, acts, speeches, contact details, etc.
South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
SALGA plays a core role in a variety of areas related to local government transformation, and is the national representative of the sector and its employees.
South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU)
SALGA is concerned with transformation of local government, community participation and governance. It represents more than 122 000 members in local government.
South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO)
SANGOCO is an umbrella body of South African NGOs. It works in a range of development fields.
South African NGO Network (SANGONET)
SANGONET is a regional electronic information and communications network for development and human rights organisations.
Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)
SARPN raises the level and quality of public debate on poverty across SADC in order to influence pro-poor policy and practice change
Statistics South Africa
This government web site aims to produce timely, accurate and accessible official statistics to advance economic growth, development and democracy in South Africa.