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The Association for Water and Rural Development
We are a region facing significant water quality and quantity issues that impact on biodiversity and human livelihoods. These issues are exacerbated by climate change. This requires that we build resilience across a range of sectors…
AWARD has implemented a number of projects aimed at building resilience. These are broadly clustered around the themes of Water, Land, Climate Change with an overarching focus on Capacity Development…
AWARD’s innovative approach involves working with Systems Thinking for understanding complex systems, Social Learning and collective action, Resilience Support Initiatives as well as a unique and robust Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) process…
We recognise that building resilience is a collective effort. Therefore we work with NGOs, government, community groups, water management institutions, Ara-Sul, municipalities, service providers, civil society, farmers, interns and private landowners…
AWARD works in catchments across the southern African region. We have worked in all the easterly flowing catchments and recent focus areas have been Venda, Olifants and Inkomati river catchments…
AWARD’s RESILiM-Olifants Programme is funded by USAID and focuses on resilience-building in the transboundary Olifants River Basin, shared between South Africa and Mozambique. The Olifants is the largest contributor of water to the Limpopo basin.
Networks for farmers
This project’s main objective is to support increased capacity, agency and resilience of smallholder farmers in targeted communities in the middle and lower catchments of the Olifants River. These farmers face multiple challenges including climate change.
Wise Use of Wetlands
The original objective for Wise Use was to develop and test a framework for assessing the feasibility of Working for Water rehabilitation leading to wise use, through exploring the resilience and adaptive capacity of the socio-ecological system.
Save the Sand Programme
The Save the Sand Programme (SSP) promoted the practices of Integrated Catchment Management and Land Care in South Africa, using the Sand River Catchment as a test case. The objective was to address the rehabilitation of the Sand River and its tributaries in a holistic manner through effective and integrated catchment management.
The SWELL programme
The Securing Water to Enhance Local Livelihoods (SWELL) programme sought to to enable collaborative, participatory planning to increase water security for villagers in order that poor and vulnerable people have greater water and food security, improved income and better health, and so contribute to more robust and sustainable livelihoods.
Dr Sharon Pollard
Dr. Sharon Pollard is the Executive Director at the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD), conducting pioneering research and advocacy work…
Derick du Toit
Derick has been working for AWARD for more than a decade. Although originally trained as an evolutionary ecologist Derick branched off into…
Julia has been an accountant for 16 years and has been financial manager at AWARD for the past two and half years.…
Senior Grants and Contract Administrator
Emma joined AWARD in July 2018. She holds a BDS from the University of Newcastle and a diploma in Business Finance. Her…
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