Allan Cain on The Challenges of Community Water Management in Angola

“The poorest people in Luanda are paying a quarter of a billion dollars every year to buy water…” DW director Allan Cain gave a presentation to the Angola Field Group on August 28, 2014, about the challenges of Community Water Management in Angola. DW, together with the government, has developed a policy of community management of water as part of the Angolan Government’s Water for All Program, called “MoGeCA”. MoGeCA promotes an approach involving local communities in the planning, construction and management of water points, as a basic strategy promoting local development.

An audio recording of the presentation (in English) can be heard on DW’s website at

A MoGeCA Manual on Community Water Management and a set of cards to be used at training have been published and printed. You can download them both a PDF (in Portuguese) on DW’s website at The Manual has become the Angolan National Policy on sustainable water management.

Allan Cain also showed a new video about DW’s work in Integrated Community Water Project in Angola’s Peri-Urban Areas.



Thursday, August 28 Presentation: The Challenges of Community Water Management

This Thursday evening, Development Workshop’s director Allan Cain will give a presentation in Luanda to the Angola Field Group on the topic of DW’s work in Community Water Management.

Angola Field Group

Having to walk up to 100 meters to get a bucket of water from a standpost, is considered adequate water coverage according to the Angolan Institute of Statistics. Photo courtesy DW. Having to walk up to 100 meters to get a bucket of water from a standpost is considered adequate water coverage according to the Angolan Institute of Statistics. Photo courtesy Development Workshop.

More that a third of Luandans do not have access to drinking water. The informal water market in Luanda, pumping river water into water trucks to sell and then re-sell in city bairros, brings in more than 250 million dollars a year, according to a recent study by Development Workshop(DW), a local NGO that has been working in Angola for 34 years. The Angola Field Group invites you to take a closer look at the serious challenges of Community Water Management with DW Director and founder, Allan Cain, Thursday, August 28 at 7:45 PM (please note our new starting time) at the Viking Club. Mr. Cain, an architect, urban planner, and international speaker, will be launching two…

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Angola’s Lobito Corridor: From reconstruction to development

Published by the Chr. Michelsen Institute and the Centro de Estudos e Investigação Cientrifica, this April 2014 Angola Brief reviews the state of the transport corridor which runs from the port of Lobito and the city of Benguela though the hinterland of Angola before it connects with the mineral rich regions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

The once important Benguela railway was destroyed during the war and has not been in use since 1975. With Chinese assistance the railway has now been rebuilt from Lobito to the border with Congo. Minerals are yet to be transported to the port, but the corridor is already having an impact on the lives of the communities living along the corridor and is contributing to social and economic transformation.

Download a PDF version from our website here.


Mapping the matatus of Nairobi

Cities: matatu 2, routesAn interesting project… Download maps generated by the ‘digital matatu’ team – a joint venture between Columbia and Nairobi University, Groupshot and MIT – and published in The Guardian article, Cities in motion: how we mapped the matatus of Nairobi (February 19, 2014).

Matatus are the informal minibus transport system that keeps Nairobi running, similarly to Luanda’s candongueiros.


Map created by Jon Schubert (2011).




DW visits the Medellín Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment

DW’s director Allan Cain visited the PILaR Candelbra Project in Medellín, Columbia with a team from UN-HABITAT in April 2014. The pilot is a joint initiative of Medellin’s Institute of Housing and Habitat (ISVIMED), Medellin’s Department of Planning and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). At a global level, the Project is developing a methodology to help apply participatory and inclusive land readjustment in low or middle income countries.

Watch a video tour of the the PILaR Candelbra Project and video of a workshop on participatory and inclusive land readjustment in Medellín led by Robert Lewis-Lettington on DW’s website here.

Cacuaco celebrates 74 years


Photo courtesy of the Cacuaco Forum Blog.

This month, Cacuaco municipality in Angola celebrates 74 years. In 2013, festivities honored the first chief of Cacuaco, who defended the interests of the land. This year, the regions rare, endangered pelicans are the focus of celebrations.

From DW’s Cacuaco Forum Blog: “The birds live in the saline zone, but are slowly disappearing because of disordered structures that threaten their habitat. Cacuaco Management, with the help of the Ministry of Environment, held an exhibition about the species to sensitize communities to the problem. Visitors watched the pelicans with binoculars. Civil society was also invited to participate in the festivities.” Read more from the Blog here.