Universal access to sufficient amounts of clean water is critical for almost any human endeavour and the achievement of several Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) depends on it. Yet today, competition between household, food production, urban development and private sector needs is an underlying cause of conflicts, over-extraction and pollution.
To secure a steady water supply, ORGUT treats water as an integral part of sustainable overall natural resource management: forestry, water conservation, erosion control and land use planning all impact on its long term availability. In river basin, Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), cross-boundary river or lake management projects, our advisors promote gender sensitive community based approaches in catchment management and watershed rehabilitation. ORGUT also works to conserve wetlands and develops alternative livelihoods for their traditional users. Private sector clients are advised on making their investment sustainable with regards to water availability and social and environmental impact.
With a steady supply ensured, local private, public or civil society-run utilities can be strengthened in long term management, investment and revenue collection. ORGUT assists institutions to focus not only on increasing supply but also to prioritise resource regeneration, conservation and rainwater harvesting as well as community involvement. Cross-sector planning with agriculture, fisheries and industry stakeholders is encouraged and conflict resolution mechanisms between users are established. Complementary sanitation and hygiene campaigns are executed together with health sector authorities. Short term experts in hydrology, flood control, data collection, water related infrastructure or climate change mitigation complement long term advisors who often work at a central level with overall sector reform and sector wide approaches. After comprehensive institutional and legislation reviews, they share skills in restructuring, client oriented service delivery and effective management, human resource development, cross departmental planning, private sector involvement, outsourcing and procurement. New methods for oversight, performance monitoring and financing through trust funds or community development funds are introduced. ORGUT offers services for strategic projects but also has expertise available for fast track support for water sector institutions in distress.
ORGUT’s services consist of:
- Water sector reform and sector wide approaches
- Legislation and regulatory review
- Integrated Water Resource Management
- Cross-boundary water projects
- Institutional analysis and capacity building
- Utility strengthening
- Revenue and tariffs
- Conflict resolution
- Irrigation, dams and small scale infrastructure
- Health and sanitation
- Decentralised resource management
- Institutionalisation of gender and rights-based approaches
- Innovative funding mechanisms
- Monitoring results and impact and strategic communication
For more information about ORGUT’s work in water management, read ORGUT’s Building Better Livelihoods series on Water Management.