The W4V partnership

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MDF Global


MDF Global is a world-wide operating management training and consulting firm active in the sector of international (development) co-operation. MDF employs about 110 permanent staff members and has a number of branches world-wide, including MDF Afrique Centrale (MDF AC), a regional office in Goma, DRC that will be involved in the management and implementation of the intervention. 

Besides its work as a training and consultancy organisation, MDF is specialized in the acquisition and implementation of large-scale projects, developing innovative concepts in integrated water resource management and bringing together the right implementation partners.

Our interventions follow the triple bottom line framework: profit, people and planet. This means that the concepts we develop must lead to social change (and that is why the human aspect of development interventions is at the heart of all our approaches). They must be environmentally conscious and at the same time be financial sustainability or contribute to the creation of income generating activities.

Wageningen UR

Wageningen UR is a high profile knowledge centre in the field of land and water management. Wageningen UR is collaboration between Wageningen University and the DLO Foundation that includes several institutes well known for the quality of its research and teaching. It has its roots in the nineteenth century and currently employs over 5,000 staff members.

Alterra and Centre for Development (CDI) are two of these institutes of Wageningen UR that carry out multidisciplinary programs on inclusive water resource management throughout the world and will both be involved in the project. Wageningen UR has a long lasting experience in improving water efficiency and flood mitigation through research, consultancy, stakeholder involvement and technology transfer.

Witteveen + Bos

W+B is an engineering company based in the Netherlands that provides consultancy and engineering services worldwide in the fields of infrastructure, water, the environment, spatial development and construction.

Within water, W+B is specialized in water management plans, flood prevention, optimization of rain harvesting, improvement of water quality, design of small reservoir and irrigation systems, drinking water supply and waste water treatment. In the past 2 decades W+B contributed in multiple drinking water projects in Africa and have since then, expanded our activities to urban drainage, urban planning, climate adaptation, waste water and energy.

The role of W+B in W4V is to improve access to safe drinking water (hereby reducing water related conflicts in the region) through the implementation of new water supply schemes and construction of rain water harvesting tanks. Key activities include feasibility studies for proposed water supply infrastructure, stakeholder consultations, technical designs, surveys, contract development and management and the coordination of constructions works. W+B is also involde in the technical aspects of Integrated Water Management Measures.


IGCP is a coalition programme of Fauna & Flora International and WWF with a mission to secure the future for mountain gorillas. IGCP operates in partnership with the Protected Area Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature; ICCN), Rwanda (Rwanda Development Board; RDB) and Uganda (Uganda Wildlife Authority; UWA) and the framework for transboundary collaboration provided for in the emerging Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC). Partnership extends to the private sector, civil society, local and national government bodies, and other actors. IGCP is registered as international NGO in Rwanda, and operates as part of its coalition members in DRC (WWF) and Uganda (FFI).

IGCP has more than 25 years’ experience in facilitating collaborative action for the conservation of the critically-endangered mountain gorilla within a transboundary context, and provides direct technical and implementation support to the Water4Virungas’ community engagement approach, and provides the link between the project and its contribution to the conservation of transboundary natural resources while contributing to human well-being and conflict reduction.


The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) is a mechanism for strategic transboundary collaborative management of the Greater Virunga Landscape set up by the national institutions in charge of wildlife conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda, respectively the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).