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.

Central to the SWELL Programme was holistic and integrated planning practices through the Integrated Development Plan ( IDP) and Water Services Development Plan (WSDP) frameworks of the local municipality. In order to address water and livelihood security of poor and vulnerable people, the SWELL Programme focused its effort on three sub-themes, i.e. Multiple Use Systems, Vulnerability and Rainwater Harvesting.