Local Climate Resilient

Water and Planning Program



The Local Climate Resilient Water and Planning program is implemented with the aim to improve knowledge, tools, and capabilities for climate-resilient.Local government planning in Tanzania. In doing so, it will respond to the well documented yet unresolved problem of developing a sustainable, accountable, climate-resilient approach to planning, implementing, and governing local level water sources. The program is funded by the UKAid through Accountability in Tanzania Program (AcT2) which is managed by KPMG.It is implemented in three district councils of the Dodoma region which are Chamwino, Kondoa, and Mpwapwa.The experience will also be gathered from the Arusha region where related interventions were previously implemented.

The Program is implemented by a consortium of Sustainable Environment Management Action (SEMA), Sokoine Memorial Foundation, and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).



The program has two main objectives:

1. Enhance the capabilities of three District Councils - Chamwino, Kondoa and

2. Build recognition of the value of customary knowledge and LGAs in the planning of local

Mpwapwa - to carry out climate and gender-responsive planning and budgeting;

water development, and in establishing climate-resilient water governance.


Impacts and Expected Outcomes

The program aims to improve the climate-resilience of communities in Mpwapwa, Kondoa, and Chamwino District Councils. This impact will be built on outcomes focusing on improved capabilities of LGAs to make climate-resilient investment decisions and new knowledge on the nature and role of customary institutions to support long-term water governance.

Outcome 1: Three district Councils - Chamwino, Mpwapwa, and Kondoa - pilot climate-resilient gender-responsive planning and budgeting.


Activities under;


Outcome 1 will build the capabilities of the three district Councils in Dodoma to make climate-resilient planning decisions that incorporate local knowledge. The approach will establish or enhance existing community planning institutions, and introduce participatory resilience planning tools to support climate-resilient development planning. Where possible, training on accessing and using climate information services will enable district officials to more effectively disseminate knowledge on changing risks to communities. The process will build an understanding of climate change within district authorities, introducing tools and institutions to inform district development planning that recognizes the context-specific nature of climate change impacts.


Specific Objectives

  • LGAs are the one to build capabilities on resilience planning tools that can enhance and inform planning;

  • LGAs establish community adaptation planning institutions that facilitate greater participation in local government planning;

  • LGAs utilize UNCDF funds in support of priorities directed by community planning institutions toward public good climate resilience-building investments.


Outcome 2: Key stakeholders recognize the value of incorporating customary knowledge and local priorities into small-scale water planning. Tanzanian communities have a wealth of local customary knowledge that integrates landscape and flexible approaches to planning. This outcome seeks to address water challenges by building evidence of how integrating customary knowledge can add value to planning, implementation, and governance of sustainably managed, climate-proof water sources in rural and under-served areas.


Specific Objectives:

  • Generate and share knowledge with government agencies engaged in local water planning on the role of customary institutions in shaping water planning and development and building recognition of ways to integrate formal and informal planning for water;

  • Development partners recognize the value of community planning institutions in incorporating informal or customary knowledge into the formal planning system, particularly in the water sector.