Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF)

CRIDF is a DFID (UK Aid) supported programme working to provide long-term solutions to water infrastructure issues that affect the lives of the vulnerable and poor in Southern Africa. Addressing such issues is of particular importance in the face of climate change.

CRIDF works in partnership with organisations to demonstrate how they can better build and manage their own water infrastructure to help improve the lives of over 3 million people in 12 different countries across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. CRIDF aims to demonstrate how water infrastructure in Southern Africa can be better planned, developed and financed and to deliver long-term impact with value for money.

To achieve its goals, CRIDF uses an ‘infrastructure development facility’ model – an approach which works to bring together financial resources for projects in the region, and to advise partners of the best way to select, manage and implement their projects. CRIDF focuses strongly on sharing technical expertise with local engineers on small-scale projects. Skills are then transferred to many other projects and engineers across the region ensuring that the future of infrastructure planning and operation will be secure.

CRIDF uses two main approaches to bring about change: it works to mobilise a range of infrastructure finance, and it prepares and implements small-scale water infrastructure. CRIDF provides technical assistance to Southern African communities on the ground, as a form of sustainable resilience capacity building. CRIDF’s Rapid Advisory Service (RAS) provides fast-tracked advice to CRIDF stakeholders in the fields of water, climate, and water-related infrastructure.

For further information click here to download the CRIDF brief No 1 and visit the website www.cridf.net