The 22nd of March every year marks international Water Day. As the world celebrates its most important life-giving natural resource, it is important to take stock of Africa’s water challenges and opportunities. Water is the pre-condition for life and the sustainable management of water is fundamental to achieving Africa’s development goals.
In the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (Rio+20), water has been recognised as the key to achieving sustainable development as it is closely linked to all other important issues.
There once were three villages, and all were well. Over time, the first village ran out of water, the second village’s water became unclean, but the third village was able to keep their water clean and in abundant supply. The world is waking up and working on village number one. With the destabilized global hydrologic systems we are all living with, our common humanity may be all members of village one. Village two is in great need, yet there are a great many people and resources being directed at solving the problem. Village three is happening. Not en masse, but step by step.