The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) received funding from the World Bank to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Programme in the SADC member states. The primary objective of the programme is to set up the SADC Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) to lead the implementation of the programme.
The World Bank-driven project to strengthen groundwater management in the SADC region became effective on 30 June 2015, with the objective of the project being met by the establishment and operation of SADC-GMI. The project is jointly funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the multi-donor trust fund Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA); and is being strategically managed by SADC Secretariat’s Water Division in Gaborone, Botswana. The SADC-GMI is hosted by the Institute for Groundwater Studies (University of the Free State) in Bloemfontein, South Africa on behalf of the SADC Secretariat.