WaterNet is a regional programme to build and strengthen regional capacity for integrated management of water resources in Southern and Eastern Africa through education, research, and training. By the end of Phase IIb (2008-2012), WaterNet membership consisted of 66 full members, 2 associate members and 7 supporting members. The network continues to play a central role in information dissemination and enhancing knowledge exchange through the annual WaterNet/ WARFSA/ GWP-SA symposium. To date thirteen symposia have been organised attracting on average 400 water sector professionals.

Mission and Vision:

The vision of WaterNet is a future in which the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has the institutional and human capacity to educate and train its own water managers, capable to contribute to the equitable sharing and sustainable utilisation of water resources for poverty alleviation, economic development (livelihood security) and environmental security.

The mission of WaterNet is to build the regional institutional and human capacity in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) through training, education, research and outreach by harnessing the complementary strengths of member institutions in the region and elsewhere


  • To forge a strong, demand driven and sustainable network of universities and research institutions in Southern Africa in the field of IWRM.
  • To deliver and strengthen the jointly owned regional Master degree programme in IWRM.
  • To develop and deliver demand driven training and education for practising water sector professionals in Southern Africa.
  • To stimulate, regionalise and strengthen research in the field of IWRM in Southern Africa.
  • To raise awareness and understanding of IWRM and its implementation at local, national and transboundary levels.

Member Countries of Waternet

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