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Technical Paper: Putting catchment level IWRM into practice

In this introductory paper to the technical paper series on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in Sudan, Timmo Gaasbeek and Brendan Bromwich describe the IWRM approach of the Aqua4Sudan partnership. They explain what makes IWRM different from traditional water interventions, define the key IWRM concepts, present a list of preparations for carrying out similar programmes and emphasise key programme elements.

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A proven approach

Rural Water for Sudan is a development programme that ran in Sudan from 2015 to 2020. The programme aimed at enhancing the well-being and health of people living in rural areas by improving their access to water, sanitation, livelihoods, and food security. By doing so it aimed to reduce conflicts surrounding water as well. The Aqua4Sudan Partnership has developed an approach that can be replicated in rural areas across Sudan.

Over the past decade, significant work has been done to promote IWRM in Sudan. However, it has been difficult to put IWRM into practice in large areas. Through a series of technical papers, the lessons learnt are made available so that others can use them elsewhere. The documents in the series describe how IWRM for rural catchment areas in Sudan (and broader, in the Sahel) can be made practical. This paper discusses the risks that need to be considered when implementing IWRM programmes and presents five case studies, each of which highlight key aspects of the Aqua4Sudan IWRM approach. This is the first technical paper in the series. 

This programme was funded by UKaid and the European Union and implemented by the Aqua4Sudan partnership. This partnership consisted of International Aid Services, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Practical Action, Plan Sudan, SOS Sahel, World Relief and ZOA. The targeted locations of the programme were the Red Sea, Kassala, Gedaref, North Darfur, South Darfur and West Darfur states.

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