Dabane Water Workshops launched two new projects in Gwanda District on the 24th and 25th of June 2015, the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and the Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities projects.
The IWRM project funded by AWS is titled “Resilience to the effects of climate change through IWRM in Southern Zimbabwe”. The objective of the project is to improve climate change adaptation in rural dry lands in Southern Africa. This project came into being after the realisation that many rural communities needed to be enlightened on effects of climate change that is affecting their farming. The project will seek to equip communities with skills that will enable them to cope with the effects of climate change. This will be done through the improvement of water and soil management, increase in the availability of water and increased agricultural yields for 600 farmer families along a portion of the Shake River in Gwanda district in Zimbabwe. It targets six villages in wards 1-4. The villages include Nkwidze, Mahlokohloko, Stanmore, Zhukwe, Polite and Glass Block 1.
The Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) project will contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) goal that aims to ensure universal access to modern energy services in rural areas of Zimbabwe. The project will be implemented in ward xx in Gwanda. The project will benefit the community of Mashaba. This project is a part of a bigger programme to create an enabling environment in Zimbabwe that allows public and private sector energy actors to engage in the Rural Electrification (RE). The project will entail governance of community energy service companies, kiosks and mini grids facilitated and enabling service delivery. There will be a mini grid powered by RE systems supporting economic and social activities designed and installed in Gwanda District Zimbabwe. The mini grids are expected to enhance local economic and social enterprises for 19,000 men and women and the productive end use of electricity and business linkages will enhance financial viability of enterprises facilitated. This project is also expected to engage public and private energy stakeholders in joint learning and activities that enable replication and up scaling of RE mini grids and ESEs.
This project is in line with SADC and national plans on rural electrification. The SADC Energy Access Strategy of 2010 calls for “ensuring that the proportion of people without access is halved within 10 years and this project seeks to advocate for the domestication of the regional SADC Policy and Regulatory framework on Mini Grids. The project is also in line with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation – Zim Asset (2013 – 2018) and National Energy Policy (NEP).