Request for proposals: the impact of extractives on access to drinking water

WaterAid is seeking proposals to carry out participatory action research on the impact of extractives on access to water for poor and marginalised communities in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa.


13 Sep 2016

WaterAid is seeking a consultant to conduct research to deepen understanding of how extractive industries affect the ability of marginalised communities to realise their right to safe water.

The consultant will conduct a rigorous review of relevant literature to identify the national-level context in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa, and will use participatory action research methods to augment this contextual understanding with in-depth case studies of selected communities in each country.

Research findings will be used to engage citizens, mining companies and governments, with a view to improving community participation in decision-making and improving policies and regulations (at all levels) to help increase water security for affected communities.

Findings will also be used to improve WaterAid’s programming and policy work in these areas.

To find out more download the request for proposals >

Please send expressions of interest to [email protected] no later than 13 September 2016

The email should use ‘Expression of Interest: Mining and WATER’ as the subject line.

Project background

The proportion of people using drinking water from improved sources has risen in developing countries, reaching 84 percent in recent years, up from 71 percent. But these figures are cold comfort, as nearly 4,000 children die every day due to dirty water and 660 million are considered to lack access to an improved water source.

At the same time, water is a vital input in the extractives industries’ value chain. Competing demands for scarce water supplies pose huge challenges to governments and water users, as extractive industries continue to dominate economies across Southern Africa.

Yet access to clean water is a basic human right, and this right must be safeguarded and protected by governments and other actors, including mining companies.

Existing research has demonstrated that extractive industries can have a detrimental effect on both water quantity and quality, with significant economic, social and environmental implications.

However, comparatively little is known about the mechanisms through which marginalised communities can effectively interact with extractive industries to safeguard their access to safe drinking water. Read more in the the request for proposals >