IIASA- Accelerating Transition Towards Resilient Water Resources Management

Contract partner: IIASA - Internationales Institut für angewandte Systemanalyse - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Country: Subsahara-Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 1.440.900,00 Project start: 01.12.2018 End: 31.03.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

The proposed project aims to contribute to improving the resilience of land and water resources and in turn the health of ecosystems and human wellbeing in the Lake Victoria Basin and East African Community. All of these are threatened, if not adequately managed, by population growth, economic development and the effects of climate change projected for the coming decades.

Expected results

The expected outcome of the project work is to have an improved understanding of the potential benefits derived from the up-scaling of promising local and regional land and water management practices for sustainable intensification of rainfed and irrigated agriculture.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Policy makers will benefit from the research outcomes through a broad range of quantitative and qualitative data sets, policy briefs, interactive workshops, and webinars which will enable them to make evidence-based decisions in their respective field of influence. About 200 scientists and practitioners working in the EAC in academic, governmental, business or civil society organisations will benefit through engaging in research activities or through participating in capacity development events. These will be organised through a Community of Practice which will be established through this project.

The group of indirect beneficiaries is much larger, as changes in water resources management affect much of the population of the East African community and in particular the 45 million people residing within the Lake Victoria basin.

The work will be undertaken as a partnership between the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) together with a local regional implementation partner Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC). Together they will be joined by the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) as an international research partner.



? OP 1 Identification and scoping of pilot initiatives: Promising pilot initiatives for resilient local and regional land and water management are identified and scoped in detail for up-scaling potential in selected agro-ecological zones.

? OP 2 Multi-dimensional up-scaling simulations: A bio-physical and economic model for up-scaling sustainable intensification of rainfed and irrigated agriculture produced/adapted and tested in 2 agro-ecological settings will be established.

? OP 3 Political economy analysis and stakeholder engagement: Political economy aspects, social and gender dimensions relevant to the up-scaling of selected pilot initiatives in selected agro-ecological settings will be analysed and level of understanding will be documented to provide guidance on how to incorporate these issues to increase impact and success.

? OP 4 Capacity development and project management: Capacities of practitioners and researchers from regional and local institutions from academia, government, NGOs and business will be advanced in the scope of the research project.



The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis - IIASA’s Water Futures and Solutions Initiative formed an East Africa node which works in partnership with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) together with EAC Partner States, government organisations, academia, civil society and private sectors. Research and consultations undertaken in this East Africa node highlight solution pathways to address future supply and demand gaps of water resources and sustaining and improving water quality. Part of this project demonstrated, that many successful pilot projects and practices on agricultural water and land resources management exist and work at the local scale with largely unknown impact if brought to larger scale. A central component of the work in East Africa is to enhance and develop capacity both within regional bodies (such as LVBC) and also within government ministries and tertiary education organisations. These research and capacity development activities are expected to further advance knowledge on such up-scaling simulations and contribute to policies and practice for resilience of future water and land resources, ecosystems and wellbeing of the population living in the wider Lake Victoria Basin.

project number 2725-00/2018
source of funding OEZA
sector Landwirtschaft
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change mitigation: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Biodiversity: 1, Gender: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.