Category Archives: Reports

Fieldwork Report

This deliverable is a summary of the thesis by Charles Phiri.  Its relevance to the overall project is that it shows how the use of any resource has to provide spaces of reflection both for the communities engaged in a WRM process and for practitioners assisting communities.

Please reference this report as: Burt, J; Phiri, C & Berold, R. 2013. Fieldwork report. Deliverable 3: Fieldwork report. WRC project K5/2074/1. WRC: Tswane

Del 3 fieldwork report

Project design and identification of site for research

This is Deliverable 2 of the WRC project no. K5/2071. It documents the overall project design and project phases as well as how the site of research was identified.

The document reference is: Burt, J; Lotz-Siskta, H; Berold, R & Phiri, C. 2011. Project design and identification of site for research. Deliverable 2: WRC project no K5/2071.

Del 2 project design

Review of social learning literature relevant to knowledge flow in the water sector

This was the first deliverable for the WRC project no K5/2074: Change-oriented learning and water management practices.  It is a literature review of social learning and mediation and their relevance to knowledge flow in the water sector

As we come to grips with the complexity of the relationship between the environment and human development, it is no longer feasible to view learning and management as two separate processes.  The practice of water resource management is no exception.  Practice has shifted from technicist management focused on demand and delivery to integrated approaches coordinating the management of water, land and other resources so as to meet economic and  social needs in an equitable manner and to ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem.

The studies summarised in this literature review demonstrate how social learning has become a key concept in all areas of natural resource management.

The reference for this document is: Burt, J; Berold, R & Rivers, N. 2011. Review of social learning literature relevant to knowledge flow in the water sector. Deliverable 1. WRC project K5/2071

Del 1 review of SL and knowledge flow in Water sector


This is the final report for the WRC research project on Change Oriented learning and Water Management Practices.

This report should be referenced: Burt J.; Lotz-Sisitka, H; Rivers, N.; Berold, R.; Ntshudu, M.; Wigley, T.; Stanford, M.; Jenkin, T.; Buzani, M.; Kruger, E. 2015. The role of knowledge in a Democratic Society: Investigations into mediation and change-oriented learning in water management practices. WRC Report No. 2074/1/13

Final Report compiled 23 March

SAWC Gender and Water dialogues 18th October 2018

This was a special meeting of the SAWC, held the day before the Multi-Stakeholder symposium on Water Governance, where participants from the ‘Citizen Monitoring of the NWRS2’ project would present their case studies and findings. The rationale for this SAWC meeting was threefold:

1) since many of the SAWC coodinating committee and other members were travelling to Goedgedacht for the symposium, it was a good opportunity to hold a face to face meeting;

2) the case studies that were developed through the Changing Practice course, as part of the Citizen Monitoring project, need to be taken up and used within the caucus – this meeting was intended to strengthen that link, and to hand the case studies over to the national water caucus;

3) the issue of gender has been raised at SAWC meetings in the past, and emerged as one of the issues needing careful attention during the Changing Practice Course. Leila Harris, a gender and water specialist from UBC (University of British Columbia) offered to lead a discussion on gender dynamics within the water sector, an opportunity which was welcomed by the SAWC CC.

It was decided to appoint external facilitators, so that all members of the SAWC present could fully engage with the meeting, without simultaneously needing to hold the process. Theresa Edelman and Themba Lonzi, who have many years of experience, were brought in as our facilitators.

The meeting opened with freestyle drumming, led by Themba Lonzi, welcoming participants into the space with energy and passion.

This is a report written by the Environmental Monitoring Group and should be referenced as follows EMG, 2016, SAWC meeting with gender focus. Multi-stakeholder workshop on Water Governance. Goedgedacht, Western Cape, 18th October 2018

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