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Policy Costing – Riverine Management Programme, South Africa

The Transformative Riverine Management Programme, modelled on the eThekwini’s Sihlanzimvelo project, has been in the process of development for some years already as a proactive intervention to reduce flooding and infrastructure damage through appropriate management of riverine ecosystems. The concept is premised on communities being employed to, amongst other tasks, remove litter and invasive alien plants which would otherwise contribute to culvert blockages. By these actions, ecosystems function better providing services like resilience to erosion and reducing flooding, whilst jobs are created in communities where they are desperately needed.

This Implementation Framework takes the work previously done closer to implementation by providing a set of tools to form the basis on which a detailed implementation operational plan can be developed. The tools are described in the different chapters of this report. Cornerstone supported this work by developing a costing tool which achieves two main outcomes.

  • Firstly, it provides insight into the multiple aspects of the TRMP that need to be costed over a ten-year period. This will help strategic planners and project managers understand the likely costs. For the purposes of the tool, indicative figures have been included based on details drawn from the Business Case, from similar programmes, and from discussions with municipal rolepayers.
  • Secondly it provides a costing template that can be used to forecast costs (for fundraising and planning) and to track expenditure (for monitoring and accountability purposes).

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