Water infrastructure investment requires prioritisation to the most vulnerable and those with most need.
Equitable Integrated Water Resources Management requires a transparent means to clearly identify those group villages which have greatest need for Investment.
A simple, yet effective Risk Management Tool was developed that Donors or NGOs can obtain from Local Government to identify which community is in most need for Water Point Infrastructure.
WATER POINT NEED & RISK MANAGEMENT
Needs-Based Water Resource Investment is supported by Risk Registers for All Villages
The distribution of water resource investment is not equal in rural Malawi. This is due in part to ease of access, non needs-based investment, and in part on a lack of coordination across the District. With the new Water Point Risk Registers, NGOs and Donors who plan to invest in Water Resource Infrastructure (new or rehabilitation) should first contact the Local Gov't office who can provide them with the Group Village / Village with most need.
Identification of those communities with greatest need for Water Point Investment
Water point mapping and the development of a community based risk register in collaboration with Local Government allows NGOs and Donors to work with Local Government on targeted investment to those most in need.
Water point Functionality 2014
A large percentage of the nearly 500,000 population of rural Chikhwawa still has inadequate access to water points in 2014. Non Functioning Borehole Infrastructure accounts for 26% of the problem.
Sharing Risk Register Approach with District and Ministry Staff
Knowledge exchange workshops on Integrated Water Resource Management provides exchange of understanding and approach for more integrated water resource needs assessment.