Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI)
Tanzania’s health, economy, and food security depend on sustainably managed water resources. However, water scarcity challenges are growing along with the impacts of climate change, while reliable access to safe drinking water and sanitation services is still beyond the reach of far too many people. To address these interconnected water-related challenges, USAID’s Tanzania Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI) promotes integrated water resources management and delivery of services across multiple sectors, with the specific goals of improved water resources management, improved service access, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity conservation in Tanzania. Specifically, in select districts of the Rufiji and Wami-Ruvu river basins, the project will:
- Increase utilization of sustainable multiple-use water and sanitation services;
- Strengthen governance for sustainable and resilient management of water resources and services;
- Improve livelihoods through private sector investment opportunities for sustainable water services, agriculture, and natural resource management;
- Strengthen coastal resource management to adapt to climate change.
WARIDI supports the Government of Tanzania in its long-term development goal of providing basic services to enable economic prosperity and social well-being through improved water resources management, increased food security, and resilience to climate change.
To achieve results, WARIDI works closely with Tanzania’s public and private sectors, civil society, and USAID partners to improve equitable delivery of water services and enhance integrated watershed management approaches from the basin to the household level. The activity also provides grants and capacity development support to local organizations involved in water resource management activities related to sustainable and healthy livelihoods in order to advance awareness, collaborative approaches, and innovative problem solving for local-level water challenges. WARIDI strengthens local institutions, builds capacity for improved data-driven decision making, increases livelihood opportunities, and creates climate change adaptation strategies and tools for coastal communities.