Under this pillar, IWSD implements initiatives that showcase innovative approaches/models related to Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) as well as innovative water security approaches in river catchments. Some examples are highlighted below:

The Zimbabwe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (ZimWASH)
This project which aimed demonstrated and implement mechanisms for enhancing the capacity of civil society and local government to provide sustainable integrated water, sanitation and hygiene services addressing the needs of the rural poor, especially those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.  The initiative combined the following pillars of actions:
1. Water and sanitation infrastructure development for rural households, particularly the most vulnerable ones.
2. Strengthening the capacity of civil society, local government institutions, community based organisations and households in the planning, implementation, management of and support to WASH services, and
3. Developing and sharing information on appropriate technologies and methodologies, including guidelines and tools, that will allow sector agencies, to better develop and support WASH services.

Polluted Water Body and Ecosystem Clean-up

The IWSD, in partnership with the Environmental Management agency, is supporting demonstration/research on Polluted Water Body and Ecosystem Clean-up, that will elicit innovative solutions for cleaning-up polluted water bodies and ecosystems.

Limpopo Inclusive Water Governance Programme

IWSD, together with partners in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are developing an initiative that will design, develop, pilot, implement and scale up smart and innovative, climate resilient water management and water infrastructure systems for food security and climate resilient livelihoods, that are supported by  local stakeholder inclusive water governance policies, institutions and systems at local, national, and regional levels. It is premised on the notion that providing solutions to the perennial socio-economic challenges in the context of the changing climate in the Limpopo River Basin requires innovative climate resilient water management and water infrastructure systems that adequately support food production and livelihoods. The initiative is also premised on the understanding that limited inclusion of local communities in water governance, coupled with an inadequate policy and institutional environment to support the inclusion of local level stakeholders hinders the sustainability and scaling-up of effective and innovative water management and water infrastructure systems.

Building Disaster Resilient Communities
       Building Disaster Resilient Communities from October 2013 to July 2015 in Chiredzi, Chipinge and Nyanga through an International Rescue Committee (IRC) led consortium. The consortium comprised of IWSD, IRC and Action Contre La Faime (ACF).
The initiative involved demonstrating innovative measures to reduce dependency and promote self-reliance for household sanitation and hygiene promotion.