Pressing needs

In 2014, VIA Water researched the most ‘pressing needs’ regarding water in Africa. The overall conclusion was that these are found in the urban environment. The pressure on cities is increasing due to population growth and aggravated by a lack of adequate city planning. There are 12 pressing water-related problems in this urban system. VIA Water aims to find innovative solutions to these pressing needs by making optimum use of the energy, creativity and entrepreneurial skills that are also to be found in these cities.

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All Pressing needs

Beneath each pressing need you will find a link to related organisations, platforms, knowledge hubs etc. Please note: we try to update these regularly; however, you might find some links to be outdated, which is unfortunately outside of our hands.
You can also go straight to all of the VIA Water website content on the topic mentioned.

1. Sustainable access to drinking water services  1. Sustainable access to drinking water services

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on drinking water, click here.

2. Sustainable access to sanitation services and clean cities   2. Sustainable access to sanitation services

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on sanitation, click here.

3. Equitable and efficient water use in urban and peri-urban agriculture  3. Equitable and efficient water use in urban and peri-urban agriculture

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on urban agriculture, click here.

4. More and reliable water harvesting and storage    4. More and reliable water harvesting and storage

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on water harvesting, click here.

5. Sustainable use of groundwater resources  5. Sustainable use of groundwater resources

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on groundwater, click here.

6. Improved quality of water resources and distributed water  6. Improved quality of water resources and distributed water

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on water quality, click here.

7. Good quality data gathering, management and sharing  7. Good quality data gathering, management and sharing

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on data, click here.

8. Institutional strengthening  8. Institutional strengthening

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on institutional strengthening, click here.

9. Sustainable and equitable water allocation  9. Sustainable and equitable water allocation

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on water allocation, click here.

10. Viable financial arrangements and partnerships  10. Viable financial arrangements and partnerships

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on financial arrangements, click here.

11. Improved urban planning  11. Improved urban planning

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on financial arrangements, click here.

12. Preventing and coping with floods, droughts and coastal erosion  12. Preventing and coping with floods, droughts and coastal erosion

Related organisations or platforms can be found here. To view all website content on financial arrangements, click here.

We also work on these general topics:

  • Innovation. You can access a list of links to related organisations or platforms here. To view all website content on innovation, click here.
  • Business development
  • Proposal writing

A visual overview of the Pressing needs

Pressing needs