The Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) is a non-profit organisation. Our work looks at managing water resources and their wise use, as well as other water security issues.

 Our systemic, multidisciplinary approach means that practical interventions can be designed out of sound and comprehensive evidence, drawing on a variety of discourses, including climate change, ecosystems services linked to livelihood security, socio-ecological systems and their drivers as well as institutional functioning and governance.

AWARD is in the process of re-developing this website. If you’re looking for any information that you can’t find, please email info@award.org.za and we’ll do our best to send it to you. You can also visit our AWARD facebook page. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Some of the things that matter to us as an organisation are:

Sustainable futures

Integrated water resource management (IWRM) has gained prominence as a powerful water management concept. It is an idea that promotes the equitable and sustainable management of a catchment by all who live and share its waters. The complexities of realising IWRM within the context of South Africa makes for fascinating and important work.

Innovative research

We are developing new, multi-disciplinary ways of looking at natural resource management that deal with the realities facing communities in South Africa. We involve these communities in a process of social learning to develop a practice-based understanding of policy, the role of leadership and communication, governance, collective action and regulation and self-organisation.

Learning & sharing

Each river-sharing community faces a set of needs and challenges when trying to balance social development imperatives and resource sustainability. With researchers, partner organisations and communities, we develop and test new and appropriate ways of managing water to address water security issues,  sharing our learning and findings along the way.


AWARD's projects

You can read more about our award-winning work by reviewing various current and past projects. While we continue to build our website, adding detail and documentation to our project pages, you're welcome to email info@award.org.za for more information on any of them and we'll gladly assist. In addition to these featured projects, you can read about Wise-use of Wetlands and The SWELL programme

USAID: RESILIM O

USAID: ‘Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Program’ (RESILIM) Olifants (O) is a five-year, $10.7 million program implemented by the Association for Water and Rural Development.

The Shared Rivers Initiative

Initiated in 2007, this study was designed to answer one central question: ‘What factors enable or constrain achieving environmental flows in the lowveld rivers?”.

Save the Sand Programme

The Save the Sand Programme (SSP) promoted the practices of Integrated Catchment Management and Land Care in South Africa, using the Sand River Catchment as a test case.