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Okavango facts

The number of people in SADC who lack safe drinking water is 60 million.

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International Cooperating Partners

International donors have supported growth of OKACOM's capacity from its inception and close collaboration ensures that projects and assistance are aligned to OKACOM's goals and objectives.

Philemon Phamotse of Sinohydro at OKACOM's display at the SADC Water Investor Conference, September 2011.
Philemon Phamotse of Sinohydro at OKACOM's display at the SADC Water Investor Conference, September 2011.
Located in three developing countries, the Okavango River Basin has seen the benefit of significant amounts of international development aid since OKACOM was established.

Large internally supported projects to support conservation and sustainable development governance of the Basin have included the European Union’s WERRD Project that looked at basin hydrology and socio-economic conditions from 2001 to 2004, Sida’s Every River Has its People Project (ERHP) that raised awareness of basin wide issues at the community level from 2004 to 2007, USAID’s Integrated River Basin Management Project (IRBM) that hosted OKACOM’s interim secretariat from 2002 to 2008, and the United Nations Global Environment Facility’s Environmental Protection and Sustainable Management of the Okavango River Basin Project (EPSMO) that has focused on a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Programme for the Okavango from 2006 to 2010.

The Swedish Government, through Sida, supported establishment and ongoing operations of the permanent Secretariat. A continuation of USAID support in the form of the SAREP Project that is assisting the Okavango communities in water supply and sanitation work and a Water Audit project sponsored by the Italian Government/FAO began in 2010.

SADC’s Water Division has also benefited from international assistance, such as that the Global Water Partnership, WaterNet and the German government’s support of IWRM capacity building and River Basin Organization workshops, that flows over to support OKACOM work.

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