Environment & Energy


Standardized Baseline Assessment for Rural Off-Grid-Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa

This report was produced under the leadership and funding of the UNDP’s Regional Bureau of Africa regional environment project on the Management of Environmental Services and Financing for Sustainable Development. The project provides support targeted at building the capacity of regional economicmore


UNCCD COP 11 Booklet 2013

The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD (COP 11) was held in Windhoek, from 16–27 September 2013 under the theme ‘A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World’. The theme marked the progress of the Parties to the Convention under the 10-year strategy, whilemore


Namibia is the most arid country in sub-Saharan Africa. From the deep south to the far north, communities struggle with access to clean safe drinking water. In many villages women walk for kilometres carrying heavy buckets of water on their heads. After basic needs such as drinking, cooking and washing are met, little water is left to irrigate crops, or sustain livestock.


By introducing innovative ways of harvesting and saving water, UNDP Namibia has helped communities to make this scarce resource stretch further. Rainwater harvesting, the rehabilitation of traditional wells and dams and adopting of drip irrigation methods have changed the way dryland people and communities use water and has resulted in better yields and more income for communities.