The Mvula Trust has, over the years, piloted and refined its implementation of the Community Based Organisational Approach Model informed by a number of sound principles.
The model focuses on a community management approach through which a local water committee plays a key role in the implementation of a water project.
Our approach for implementation of projects ensures that:
Thorough feasibility studies in technical, social, institutional and financial assessments to ensure the overall viability of proposed projects.
Participatory project planning, where all stakeholders as well as local government and community representatives participate in key decision making.
Decision making is focused on the appointment of legal water services provider (WSP), level of service, choice of technology and roles and responsibilities of service providers.
A holistic project design that addresses all components necessary for sustainability including community needs; choosing appropriate technology ; health and hygiene practices; institutional capacity building; cost recovery, and effective operations and maintenance.
A construction phase that focuses on community awareness, local capacity building, entrepreneurial skills development, and use of local labour.
Operations and Maintenance (O&M) mentoring phase ensures that:
The water service provider has the necessary capacity to effectively fulfil its functions of operations and maintenance, revenue collection, customer relations, monitoring and reporting.
Support mechanisms are in place.
Health and hygiene promotion continues within the community.
Development of partnerships between local government, the community and water services institutions
A monitoring and evaluation phase where information is used to take any corrective action needed.
According to the statistics provided by the Department of Water Affairs (now Department of Water and Sanitation), 1.6 million people in South Africa did not have access to formal water supplies in 2010.
Although these figures may have significantly changed since then, the actual backlog of water supply in the rural areas, among others, is caused by operational and maintenance issues.
This phenomenon continues to happen despite significant investment and interventions by government to provide citizens with clean drinking water.
Our Community Based Organisational Approach Model has been tried and tested in many of our projects we implemented in rural areas across the country.
In addition, The Mvula Trust boasts an international reputation for advancing community based management of water and other developmental projects.