Multinational - Water Harvesting Pilot Project in IGAD

Project Summary

Approval Date 21 May 2003
Signature Date 04 Mar 2004
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2009
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2009
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 578,205.21
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Pilot project proposed is a clear response to the call for small-scale, community based solutions to the nefarious effects of recurring droughts and famine in the IGAD region. This pilot phase addresses the poverty situation in the region and seeks to reduce opportunities for conflict between communities caused by lack of water for livestock. It also tries to defeat and reverse the degradation of natural resources in an arid and semi-arid environment, and to contribute to improving the living and working conditions of local pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities, which are among the most disadvantaged people in the region. This pilot project will enable IGAD to enhance the capability of its member states to combat desertification in the region through the implementation of the sub-regional action plan to which this pilot project responds. The pilot project will be conducted in two phases over 15 months. The total cost is estimated at UA1.22 million. The program that will likely emanate from the Pilot project will foster the rural development of the IGAD region through direct and indirect benefits from an enhanced availability of water through water harvesting interventions.

Project Objectives

The overall sector goal of the pilot project is increased food security in the IGAD region. The specific objective of the pilot project is to develop a feasible, viable and sustainable community-based water-harvesting program in the conflict-prone, arid and semi-arid areas of the IGAD region.


The project is expected to benefit the people of the "Karamoja Territory" which extends over part of the semi-arid and arid areas of northeastern Uganda, southeastern Sudan, northeastern Kenya and southwestern Ethiopia. According to crude estimates, the total population of the Karamoja cluster is between 1.2 and 1.4 million people.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-A00-006
Last Update 02 Feb 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
1.62544 31.32463 North East Ward
1 40.25 North Eastern Province
8.60917 38.23534 South West Shewa
10.05753 24.22139 Jebel Umm Reih East