Community Watershed Planning

Each landscape is different. We can help you develop a tailor-made 3R intervention plan in four integrated steps: capacity assessment and baseline, risk and opportunity mapping, selecting 3R interventions and 3R training and implementation. Our services on Community Watershed Planning can help you increase access to water whilst improving the natural environment. We take a landscape approach to water management based on 3R. The essence of 3R is to manage natural recharge and to store water within the landscape so that it becomes usable in periods of water scarcity. Want to learn more?

Water Business Development

There is business in water. Whether you provide products to treat water, run a water kiosk, or construct sand dams to buffer water for agriculture purposes, there is a demand for water. And people and businesses are ready to invest in this. But how can you unlock the business potential of your initiative? We can help you develop an innovative business model, prepare a sound business plan and support you to make appropriate financing arrangements. Want to learn more?  This is how we can help you.

Sustainable Catchment Planning

Do you face scarcity of water resources in your projects and plans? And do you want to make your activities on water more environmentally and financially viable? Designing technological solutions for your water supply challenges in the light of climate change is one thing, but integrating these in local planning and ensuring a sound financial plan is another. And: how to make sustainable technology choices in water supply? We help you to integrate water harvesting, focusing on water buffering at catchment level, increasing the sustainability of your project in an environmentally friendly way. Learn more about how we do this.

5R approach

Are you looking for innovative and sustainable ways to optimally use the available water in your city? Our approach on Urban Water Management supports you to unlock the full potential of rainwater to complement or replace your current water supplies in urban areas by combining low-cost rainwater harvesting solutions with recycling of excess- and wastewater. We help you store and revolve water though a 5R approach (Recharge, Retention, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle) leading to increased access to water for multiple uses – from drinking water to agricultural production. Want to learn more?

Capacity Building on Rainwater Harvesting

Are you working on WASH service provision? And are you looking for ways to make your efforts more sustainable? Our rainwater harvesting capacity building services can help you increase the long-term impact of your projects. Water scarcity, climate change and waterborne related diseases are threatening the livelihoods of people all over the world. Building local capacity and transferring knowledge on the opportunities of rainwater harvesting and water management can make a difference. We offer practical and in-depth training programs that help you to promote and share information on all aspects of rainwater harvesting.  Want to learn more?


RWH is gaining more and more recognition as a sustainable alternative to other water supply options. It is economically viable, socially compatible and environmentally friendly. RAIN is GAIN is a tool that shows how RWH can contribute to sustainable water supply. With this tool you can calculate the RWH potential of your area and it provides you with practical information, like technological options. This will give you practical guidance on how to integrate RWH in your project and program.

WASH Guide

WASH interventions always have an effect on the ecosystem or landscape and vice versa. As the quality of life of local communities largely depends on a functioning ecosystem, it is important to place your WASH project in the wider catchment context and to apply environmentally sustainable WASH solutions. This information page will give insights in the various factors at play between the environment and WASH interventions. It combines several approaches on how to make your WASH project environmentally more sustainable.

GIS Tool

RWH has proven to be an effective and sustainable solution to overcome or reduce water shortages all over the world. To apply RWH in a sustainable and effective way, it is important to understand exactly where RWH can be applied to make full use of its potential. The Mapping RWH Potential tool shows how a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) map can help you to identify the RWH potential and feasibility in a specific area and possible RWH project sites. It will guide you through the steps, tricks and tips on what is needed, how a GIS mapping can be done and where it can be used for. It also shows examples of Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso. RAIN and its partners can support you in developing these types of GIS maps.

Rainwater wiki

A knowledge library on Tools, Technologies and Innovation Pilots, all specifically about rainwater harvesting. It has been developed by the Rainwater for Food Security programme, in collaboration with Akvo Foundation. This library on Rainwater harvesting is part of Akvopedia, the open water and sanitation resource that anyone can edit . The goal of Akvopedia is to improve water and sanitation projects through knowledge exchange on smart and affordable technical solutions and effective approaches.