JG Afrika Botswana is a subcontractor to Chemonics International on the US$32,7-million Southern Africa Resilient Waters Program (RWP).
We were appointed as a key sub-contractor based upon the depth and extent of our skills set, encompassing engineering and earth sciences, as well as our excellent relationship with this reputable development specialist.
This is on the back of our solid track record in community development initiatives. JG Afrika has long been an expert in community-based management, monitoring and evaluation; construction/implementation. This is in addition to community institutional development, livelihoods analysis and training.
The project aims to build resilient basin areas and is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Focusing mainly on the Okavango and Limpopo River basin areas, a major imperative of the programme is strengthening institutional and governance capacities to ensure the sustainability of the proposed resilience and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) mechanisms, particularly in transboundary institutions.
The WASH component is just one of the four integrated key objectives of the programme that will ensure that a holistic approach is applied to this vast area.
Robust monitoring and evaluation models will ensure that experiences and learning are integrated into all of the other components of the programme. As part of this focus area, we will also assess the suitability of many of the technologies and models that have greatly improved monitoring and evaluation, as well as service delivery in other regions of the continent.
Communities in these areas are extremely vulnerable to climate shocks considering their reliance on the natural resources of the river basin, and the team will, therefore, also concentrate its efforts on finding alternative means of sustaining livelihoods.
The growth of rural populations in these areas is placing immense pressure on existing resources, including water and land, and this is being exacerbated by climate shocks.