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This category includes documents that have a wide scope and touch upon multiple themes. Feel free to have a look and engage with the material. Let us know if you have experiences and material to share, we are very keen to hear from you!

World Bank Report: Lifelines – The Resilient Infrastructure Opoortunity

According to Lifelines, a new report from by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the net benefit of building more resilient infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries would be $4.2 trillion, with $4 in benefit for each $1 invested. 

Solutions to improve the resilience of infrastructure exist and investments to do so are both sound and profitable. What does this resilient infrastructure look like? It could be digging deeper foundations, using alternative materials, building flood protection, strengthening electrical poles and cell towers, improving road design, and building stronger water treatment plants.

But it is also necessary to look beyond each individual asset and build more resilient systems and networks. Building redundancy in networks, that is by increasing the number of connections that serve a community, for instance, can be a gamechanger. A city that is accessible through multiple roads and powered through multiple transmission lines is less likely to find itself isolated or without power when a devastating storm strike.

How to Create an Sponge Town? Sponge Town Guideline!

This Guideline has been prepared by the Sponge Teams of Kajiado and Kwa Vonza, under the ViaWater
programme supported by Aqua4All and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. From 2016-March
2019 pilots have been implemented in Kajiado and Kwa Vonza. Based upon the experience and learnings from
these pilots this Guideline is prepared. Access the Guideline on this link: Sponge Town Guideline

Roads, food security and land use conversion in Liberia

This note describes some examples of road water management practices in Liberia and highlights the enormous potential in the country. Access the note here

Green Roads Initiative

The presentation on the Green Roads Initiative can be downloaded here

Recommended Good Practices: Road Development to Support Water Management and Flood Resilience

This document with Recommended Good Practices intends to facilitate the systematic integration of road development with internal polder water management and improved flood resilience in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. The document is the consensus result of the Steering Expert Committee.

Recommended Good Practices Document


International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) is implementing the “Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains” (REACH – UGANDA) project, an innovative four – year agribusiness initiative. One of the objectives of the REACH – Uganda project is to improve availability and uptake of public and private support services related to core commodity value chains, infrastructure being one of the services. As part of the program, IFDC realized that two of the access roads under rehabilitation located in Kween and Kanungu needed road water management and best practices applied to avoid damage to the roads by run off and protecting crops in farms/gardens adjacent to the roads. The roads link the established farmer to markets thereby contributing towards the objectives of the REACH – Uganda project.The overall objective of this report is to outline the weak spots and issues of these roads related to water management. And based on this information propose solutions which cater for beneficial water management for landscapes and farms, and increase road durability and longevity at reduced maintenance costs. The roads under construction aim to be exemplary roads of how low-cost innovative road water management solutions, can make roads multi-functional, serving more than its transport functions solely. Read the full report here

Case Study: Exploring the cost-benefit of Roads for Water in Ethiopia

The Roads for Water (RfW) project has been implemented by Meta Meta (MM) with Mekelle University (MU), together with regional and federal government organizations in Ethiopia since 2014. It has enabled farmers to use water from roads that previously would likely cause flood damage, by intercepting the water and guiding it to recharge areas, surface storage places or directly onto pieces of land. The project has brought together government stakeholders from the agriculture, water and roads sectors and used extensive training of trainers to enable government to scale this approach to millions of farmers in Tigray,
Amhara and Oromia.

RfW began as a catalyst research project in 2014 in Tigray region with the UK’s National Engineering Research Council (NERC) funding, was further partially supported by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)–WOTRO Science for Global Development in Tigray region with scaling supported by the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) from 2015 in different parts of Ethiopia.

The purpose of the study was to (1) verify the evidence used to report on key GRP indicators, and (2) strengthen project cost–benefit analysis (CBA). This case study report addresses these
tasks. The study can be accessed on this link 

Roads: Instruments for Rainwater Harvesting, Food Security and Climate Resilience in Arid and Semi-arid Areas

This chapter provides evidence from Yemen and Tigray region in Ethiopia, where road water harvesting has systematically
been introduced in all districts since 2014. The chapter describes the process of promoting road water harvesting, the techniques used, the potential of road water harvesting to increase resilience and the hydrological and
socio-economic effects. Read the article here

Guideline on Road Maintenance Groups – Nepal

This document explains the steps to establish Road Maintenance Groups along rural roads in Nepal. Prepared by DOLIDAR. DOLIDAR Road Maintenance Groups

Poster with key findings and methodology “Roads to the Rescue”

This poster presents the main findings and conclusions form the project “Roads to the Rescue” in Bangladesh. Check the poster here


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