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RAIN’s consultancy services support your programmes from the field level to the institutional level. We help you to integrate the technical, institutional and social aspects of water harvesting and buffering, from project and programme design to technical advice at the landscape level as well as strategic advice and capacity building. We use approaches like 3R (Recharge, Retention and Reuse), MUS (Multiple Use Services) and landscape approaches, all based on environmental sustainability principles.

Our programme advice is practical and geared to results. We help project officers and management staff to translate programme objectives into tangible action and output.

We give advice on:

  • Programme design & management
  • Programme and project support
  • Technical design & support
  • Capacity building through trainings and workshops
  • Tool development
  • Planning, monitoring & evaluation
  • Network creation


We link state of the art theory with practice. RAIN has an extensive network of knowledge institutes, universities, practitioners and decision makers in the Dutch and international water sector.

"Integrating rainwater harvesting into programmes leads to more effective use of available water, reduces costs and improves sustainability"

Assessment of 3R Potentials and Implementation in South Timor, Indonesia

Country: Indonesia
Sector: Community Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction
Client: Cordaid (Partners for Resilience)

Several rural villages in South Timor, Indonesia are at risk from drought and landslides. As part of the Partners for Resilience programme, Cordaid took an integrated approach to building community resilience. RAIN provided technical advice on a field assessment of project sites, particularly the potential of the 3R approach to water conservation and land management in landslide areas. Early results were positive and in 2014 RAIN was asked to review the implementation, evaluate the outputs of the 3R approach and visit a number of new sites to support other organizations in the Partners for Resilience scheme. In addition, government agency employees and other stakeholders attended training courses and workshops led by RAIN.

Water OS Positioning Survey

The WEB cluster (Water, Ecosystem and Business development) and Panteia conducted a Water OS positioning survey as part of the Dutch Water OS programme, a facility of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Water OS programme supports the Dutch Embassies in 12 partner countries in formulating and implementing their water programmes. The survey identifies opportunities and strategies for the Dutch water sector and high potential product/market combinations, and provides recommendations on how to best capitalize on these opportunities. The results can be used by policymakers as well as entrepreneurs, NGOs and knowledge institutes seeking new markets and business opportunities in specific countries. The WEB cluster developed 12 country-specific reports with consistent and comparable information that will facilitate mutual learning.

Review on rainwater harvesting in Kiribati

As the sea level rises, freshwater reservoirs on the Kiribati islands will be increasingly affected by acidification and salinization. Droughts and salinization of groundwater have occurred more frequently in recent years, with serious impacts on water provision for villages. RAIN reviewed the report of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on their intervention in Kiribati and provided advice on rainwater harvesting methods, environmental and technical aspects, and institutional considerations. The environmental and technical advice focused on an assessment and possible implementation of 3R methods, such as adapting the infrastructure to guarantee a larger buffer of fresh water in lenses. The institutional considerations were about involving the community in the design phase of the project, clustering households and setting up mixed water management committees to guarantee ownership.

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Sufficient and safe water should be available to everyone
How do we make that happen? We offer 3 key Rainwater harvesting services:
RAIN Implementation RAIN Intelligence RAIN Advice

Our motto “Rainwater belongs to everyone” is made operational for food security, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), climate change adaptation and resilience building. RAIN understands the power of rainwater and how to harvest and use it effectively on a catchment level.

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Want to know more about this service please contact RAIN:

Telephone: +31 (0)20 58 18 250
Email: info@rainfoundation.org
Barentszplein 7
1013 NJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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