Rainwater Harvesting Programmes

RAIN seeks maximum impact and is aware that one organisation alone can’t make the difference. We need to work together. So we partner up, constantly looking for like-minded people and organisations. Cooperation improves and strengthens our three services, enabling us to support, manage and coordinate comprehensive projects, programmes and alliances – like the ones below.

Young Expert Programme (YEP) Water

YEP Water is funded by the Dutch government. Its aim is to ensure the continued availability of international professionalism and expertise in the water sector. The programme offers young professionals in the Netherlands and abroad the opportunity to acquire experience and take their first steps in an international work environment, via Dutch organisations. RAIN makes sure that young experts from its Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda programmes can participate in YEP Water. The participation of these young professionals not only promotes their personal growth, but also supports the strength and capacities of the local RAIN networks in Uganda and Ethiopia.

Learn more: go to www.yepwater.com

The Dutch WASH Alliance

In this alliance, RAIN and five other Dutch NGOs work together with dozens of local partners in eight low-income countries in Africa and Asia. Its five-year programme, which is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign affairs, started in 2011. The aim is to build and strengthen an environment in which local people can assert and realise their right to sufficient quantities of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygienic living conditions, in order to improve their health, nutritional status and economic living standard. The alliance follows the FIETS strategy, pursuing Financial, Institutional, Environmental, Technical and Social sustainability. RAIN contributes its network and experience in rainwater harvesting, and is the lead on environmental sustainability.

Learn more: go to www.washalliance.nl

Sponge City

In the Sponge City Programme, RAIN is partnering with Acacia Water, AMREF Kenya, NIA, MTTI adn SASOL Foundation to alleviate water scarcity in Kaijado Town in Kenya through the creation of a Sponge city. Kajiado Town faces a number of serious water challenges. Decreasing water availability and lowering water quality are threatening livelihoods in town. The experienced water shortages in Kajiado Town are largely due to the consequence of dropping groundwater levels. A sponge city holds, cleans and drains water in a natural way using measures that fall broadly under the 3R approach. A sponge city also creatively adjusts the environmental flows to increase investment in sustainable water and decrease pollution of the towns resource. The project is funded by VIA water.

For latest updates: go to www.viawater.nl

Rainwater for Food Security

The Rainwater for food security programme aimed to increasing worldwide food security by stimulating the global knowledge and application of rainwater harvesting (RWH) for food production. To achieve this objective, the programme created an online community and built a global network of national and regional organisations, networks and professionals. The network’s members are all active in the field of RWH, share knowledge and experiences, and work together to tackle food security issues on the ground. Rainwater for Food Security is managed by RAIN and funded by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), a UN agency tasked with eradicating rural poverty in low-income countries. The program ended in 2016, but the network is still very active on the RWSN Rainwater Harvesting Platform.

Join us at: RWSN Rainwater Harvesting Platform


In the RAIn4sale (R4$) project, RAIN is testing the business case for rainwater harvesting (RWH) installations and selling the stored (rain)water by local entrepreneurs in East African context.

Early 2016 RAIN developed and started implementing the Rain4Sale concept in two emerging towns in Uganda in the Lwengo district in the country’s dry lands. At present 4 tanks of 50 cubic meter have been constructed (and handed over) based on a loan. The first results of these pilots are very positive and the first installments for the loan repayment have been received on in 2017. The R4$ approach is currently being tested in Rwanda in close collaboration with our local partners (NGO, Microfinance Institute and local government) in a project funded by VIA Water and Aqua 4 All.

Learn more: go to www.viawater.nl