"Fostering regional value chains and job creation through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus approaches"
The objective of this year's Dialogue is to provide a platform for policymakers and practitioners working on water, energy, food, economic planning and gender to develop strategies and ensure nexus approaches contribute to SADC regional value chains and job creation.

Through the subsidiarity principle of SADC, Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) has been mandated to facilitate the convening of the Dialogue on behalf of SADC Secretariat's Water Division since 2007. The Kingdom of Denmark through DANIDA has been providing base funding for the Dialogues with support from other cooperating partners in the water sector through the framework of the Water Strategy Reference Group (WSRG). The 2017 Dialogue funding was provided by European Commission (EC), the Government of German (BMZ) in delegated cooperation with the UK Government (UKAid) implemented by GIZ over and above the support from DANIDA.

"The limited access to clean water and sanitation , have a negative impact on education and health", Mr Moses Ntlamelle , Head of SADC Energy Division
"The SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2016-2063 and its action plan, were developed to promote idustrialisation and economic development in the SADC region , the action plan identified agro-processing, minerals beneficiation and related mining operations and services which cover water and energy sectors"
In recognition of the link between water and energy and the high potential for energy generation using water , it is inevitable that while the Dialogue is focusing on energy , water related infrastructure projects and food security are not exempted.

Since 2007, the Dialogue has been convened under the broad theme “Watering Development in SADC”, and has been premised on raising the awareness and understanding of how Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approaches can contribute to socio-economic development and poverty eradication by ensuring a water secure region. The underlying objective of the Dialogue over the past decade has been to ensure that the interventions in the water sector are well communicated to the non-water sector actors and also create an environment to receive inputs from them.

"The WEF Nexus approach promotes wealth creation , entrepreneurship and job creation through value chains", Dr. Kenneth Msibi, Policy and Strategy Expert in the SADC Secretariat Water Division.

Key issues in energy security include transmission , demand patterns and efficiency in delivery.

SADC currently has a huge array of protocols which provide the region with a foundation for regional cooperation and integration in water, energy and agriculture. These include but are not limited to: the SADC Revised Protocol on Shared Watercourses (2000), Agricultural Development Fund (ADF)-2017, Regional Water Policy (2005), Renewable Energy Strategy and Action Plan (RESAP) (2016).

"The South African Government views the Water , Energy and Food sectors as the backbone of the livelihoods of people at all levels and the basis for socio- economic development of the country", MS Lindiwe Lusenga , Deputy Director General – Department of Water and Sanitation, South Africa.
The interdependence between the Water Energy and Food sectors (WEF) offers opportunities for stronger collaboration among the three sectors , thus increasing the strength of tackling the region's development Agenda.
"Over dependence on rainfall for crop production is the main cause of chronic poverty and food insecurity in the region. Irrigation , therefore, offers opportunities for mitigating effects of climate shocks on food security," Dr Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Alleviation of poverty and improving the livelihoods of the people are some of the objectives of the SADC Treaty

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