"Mother File" - NO VALUE ATTACHED - Technical Assistance to the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) Framework - Southern Africa

  • Conway, Declan (Principal Investigator)

Project Details


Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF)

CRIDF is DFID’s new flagship water infrastructure programme for Southern Africa. Over the next four years, the Facility will deliver sustainable small-scale infrastructure across 11 SADC region countries. Headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa, the demand-driven programme focuses on water services, water resource management, and agriculture, creating a lasting impact on the region’s water security.

CRIDF will deliver this infrastructure through the provision of politically savvy, demand-driven support on strategic projects, prioritising activities which leverage resources for a regional response to water security and climate change.

To achieve this, CRIDF will work through local networks, integrating local political economy considerations into regional decision making. Climate compatible development is at the core of CRIDF’s project development processes in order to mainstream climate resilience in delivery and leave behind a sustainable solution. The programme represents a catalytic intervention: it aims to leverage resources for a regional response to water security and climate change, to facilitate additional finance from other sources for the delivery of CRIDF infrastructure projects.

The impact of CRIDF’s support will be:

• Mainstreaming of climate resilience into infrastructure planning: Through delivering the climate smart projects, CRIDF will build relationships with influential policy makers in the region to leave a legacy of climate resilience mainstreaming in infrastructure planning;

• Delivery of effective, efficient and economical water security: CRIDF will deliver sustainable infrastructure to immediately improve water security in the SADC region. The response will be scaled-up by support and co-financing from institutions;

• Demonstrable benefits of peaceful transboundary water management: Delivery of sustainable infrastructure will highlight the enormous economic development opportunities possible for the SADC region through transboundary cooperation.

CRIDF projects will be managed under one of three workstreams:


Any use of water for agricultural purposes.

• Small-scale irrigation works;
• Rainfall harvesting infrastructure;
• Food security projects.

Water Services

The supply of potable water or the disposal of waste water.

• Urban WASH infrastructure;
• Water monitoring and treatment infrastructure and training.

Water Resource Management

All other uses, including non-consumptive uses of water.

• Microhydro;
• Infrastructure for the implementation of a basin IWRM strategy.

What infrastructure are we going to build?

Quick-wins: These are projects which can be delivered relatively quickly, demonstrating benefits immediately. CRIDF will disseminate the lessons and evidence from these projects through its networks in an effort to replicate their success. Examples of these types of projects include:

• Early warning systems for flood resilience;
• Community based infrastructure development, such as River Protection Strategies;
• Training such as operations and management, or hygiene awareness which fundamentally improve the benefits that water users can gain from existing infrastructure;
• Refurbishment or rehabilitation of deteriorating infrastructure, along with activities to ensure sustainability;
• Small-scale PSPs or PPPs to change incentive structures, pricing, or operations and management of existing infrastructure.

Other projects: These are projects that develop significant new infrastructure, which need to be owned by local authorities. CRIDF will work to support in-country procurement and supervision systems, and to leverage financing from IFIs and other outside sources.

CRIDF’s ‘One-Stop Shop’ for advisory services

The Facility will provide ad hoc, on demand advisory services in the fields of water, climate and infrastructure. This ‘One-Stop Shop’ will respond to the need for specialist technical expertise inputs to complement local knowledge.

The response will be rapid: each help desk response will be provided within a week, with commissioned work being completed within two weeks. For the commissioned work, the Shop will prepare a brief ToR and a selection of experts to carry out the piece.

Financing CRIDF

SADC’s Vision 2027 strategy estimates the investment shortfall in the regional water sector to be £600m per year for 15 years. While the £18.2m DFID funding for CRIDF represents is a significant investment – with perhaps as many as one million beneficiaries – the region needs a catalytic intervention providing a fundamental regional change for its remaining 94 million inhabitants.

In keeping with CRIDF’s strategic prioritisation, resources will be focused on those projects or actions that can catalyse investment. Our aim is that CRIDF will leverage at least £50m from external sources once it has projects with demonstrated technical feasibility.
Effective start/end date30/04/1329/04/17


  • Department for International Development