USAID: ‘Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Program’ (RESILIM) Olifants (O) is a five-year programme implemented by the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) and funded by USAID to support a more resilient Olifants Catchment in South Africa and Mozambique.

USAID: RESILIM  O at a glance

The catchment at a glance

The catchment at a glance

Partners: key research and development partners include universities, consultancies and other NGOs

Funder: USAID

Duration: 5 years

Location: Olifants Basin in RSA and Mozambique

Initiated in 2012, the programme reduces the vulnerability of people and ecosystems through improved transboundary governance and management of natural resources. The programme is grounded in a grassroots approach to understanding the systemic causes of vulnerability, including climate vulnerability, and a promoting new ways of thinking and acting to promote integrated water and biodiversity management.

Download a brief overview of USAID: RESILIM O (pdf).

Recent news

In December 2013, AWARD hosted the RESILIM O team-leaders meeting in Hoedspruit. You can see a gallery of pictures documenting the December 2013 team leaders event here.

About the Olifants River Basin

The Olifants and its contributing waterways are critical for supporting life in the Limpopo River Basin. Yet unchecked pollution, inappropriate land and resource use, weak and poorly enforced policies and regulations, and poor protection of habitats and biodiversity are degrading the Olifants at an alarming rate. Improved water security, wise resource management, and healthy ecosystems are necessary to continue to support livelihoods and resilient economic development.


1. To reduce climate vulnerability by promoting science-based adaptation strategies.
2. To enhance water security and integrated water resources management.
3. To conserve biodiversity and improve management of high priority ecosystems.
4. To develop stakeholder capacities to manage water and ecosystem resources.
5. To ensure continuous, reflective and collaborative learning.
6. To facilitate exchanges across the basin and with other basins.

 Programme structure

In implementing USAID: RESILIM O , different work-packages have been structured to address specific research questions.  These workpackages will be managed through sub-contracts and through entering into consultancy agreements, jointly overseen and monitored by AWARD as well as the USAID: RESILIM-Olifants M&E officer, to ensure that both the conceptual approach as well as the compliance monitoring are adhered to.

Years 1 and 2:We will spend two years of conducting site-based action research to build a comprehensive framework of understanding from an existing fragmented body of knowledge on the catchment. Where necessary and especially in the case of Mozambique, additional work will be executed, for example with respect to vulnerability and water based livelihoods. Study teams will work with key stakeholders to assemble this framework and use it to prioritize sites for actions over the remainder of the program.

Years  3, 4 and 5: ongoing learning will be combined with implementation of key activities identified in the framework. These actions will include piloting, testing and replication of interventions aimed at ensuring that stakeholders at all levels are able to contribute to the overall improved management of the Olifants catchment. However some of the methodologies are such that testing, learning and ‘implementation’ are integrated so that ‘implementation’ cannot be viewed as a separate activity and hence begins earlier than year 3.

Please note that we will soon be adding additional information and project documentation to this page. In the meantime, please email and we’ll send you what you’re looking for.

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RESILIM-O Downloads

To find out more about RESILIM-O and the Our Olifants campaign download the following brochures:

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RESILIM-O is funded by USAID