WHaTeR: Work Packages


Stakeholder interaction and communication


A range of activities will be conducted within the framework of this work packages including the mapping of stakeholders and determination of their networking framework and capacity, the assessment of the current communication status for individual stakeholders and effects on other stakeholders. The activities will organized in close cooperation with the partners in the four target countries and the Work Package on uptake and upscaling of WHTs and addresses the design of guidelines and a framework for stakeholder interaction and communication. Interaction and coordination among consortium partners will be regularly organized through e-conference meetings. The methodology will be fine-tuned and presented during the start-off and methodology workshops.

Partner Role 

The Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SEARNET), hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya, has been actively involved in the Global Water Partnership Associated Programme entitled “A Network for Green water Harvesting in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and South Asia (SA)” since 2001. The programme specifically focussed on evaluation, documentation and dissemination of viable WHTs and approaches practiced in 18 countries of ESA and SA regions (e.g., Malesu et al 2007a,Oduor and Gadain 2007). SEARNET plays an important role in the dissemination of the results of this programme to key stakeholders including researchers, governments, academics, development agencies and communities using various communication methods among which two websites (www.searnet.org and www.rainwaterharvesting.org), the quarterly SEARNET briefs newsletter; the annual SEARNET conference and other international forums such as Stockholm Water Week and the African Water Week; policy seminars with politicians; printed handbooks and manuals (Malesu et al 2007b, 2007c). The network includes 12 registered national Rain Water Harvesting associations as nodes for cross fertilization of knowledge and experience in WHTs. WHaTeR will thus benefit from lessons learnt on varied media used in interactions for project upscaling,or among various national and sub-continental bodies in Eastern and Southern Africa.


• To investigate and assess means of interaction and communication currently used by rainwater harvesting practitioners and stakeholders
• To determine how these communication channels influence or affect the upscaling of best WHT practices
• To produce recommendations for optimizing WHT stakeholder interaction and communication in order to facilitate WHT upscaling and uptake


D3.1) Factsheet on WHT stakeholders: A factsheet will be produced that summarizes the initial results on WHT stakeholder interaction and communication and their effects on WHT upscaling and uptake [month 24]

D3.2) Synthesis report on WHT stakeholders: A synthesis report on WHT stakeholder interaction and communication and their effects on WHT upscaling and uptake will be written. [month 42]

Lead Institution:

Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet)

WP Leader:

Maimbo Malesu