Getting to the heart of climate resilient WASH

by Dr John Butterworth, IRC WASH Ethiopia - re-posted with permission Climate resilient WASH is about new ways of working across the traditional humanitarian and development sectors. We went to one of the harshest spots in Ethiopia, and surely in the world, to find out more. Photo: An existing water point in Afdera, Afar   … Continue reading Getting to the heart of climate resilient WASH

Achieving SDG 6: The Need for Local Centres of WASH Expertise and How to Do It

First published on the CAWST blog, reposted with thanks The goal: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The task at hand, right now: learn quickly from failure and share lessons learned. Scaling-up of WASH service coverage will require a focus on both affordable infrastructure and enabling environments. CAWST … Continue reading Achieving SDG 6: The Need for Local Centres of WASH Expertise and How to Do It

New Online Course – Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes

  We would like to announce to you that the registration is now open for an online course: Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes – an Overview that will run from the 5 March to 14 April. The course provides an overview of what is required to improve borehole drilling professionalism within … Continue reading New Online Course – Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes

Why is Groundwater Data important?

by Dr Fabio Fussi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca The role of groundwater data in rural water supply has changed markedly in over the last few year: 6th RWSN Forum in Kampala, 2011: Some pilot projects of groundwater data collection and organization is presented. Uganda is presenting its groundwater atlas, a promising example for other … Continue reading Why is Groundwater Data important?

WPDx webinar: Beyond Water Point Mapping: Putting Data to Work for Improved Services

Too often, valuable data sits dormant in PDF reports and excel spreadsheets, never being used to its full potential to improve services. Join this webinar and learn from people trying to change that. Joining Global Water Challenge will be Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) sharing findings from their Data Dive of the Water Point Data Exchange … Continue reading WPDx webinar: Beyond Water Point Mapping: Putting Data to Work for Improved Services

Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector

From 2003 to date, assessments of borehole drilling sector cost-effectiveness and professionalism have been undertaken for the following countries: Burkina Faso (Duffau & Ouedraogo, 2009 and Galbane (2011)) Chad (Danert, 2015a) Ethiopia (Carter et al, 2006, and Calow et al, 2012) Ghana (Adekile & Kwei, 2009 and O Dochartaigh et al, 2011b) Kenya (Doyen, 2003 and Armstrong, … Continue reading Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector

Grown-up finance for the rural water sector

The challenge of achieving the SDGs is upon us and with this concrete and short-term objective, the sector is finally taking the issue of financing more seriously, which is a very good thing but not before time. Whilst a few years ago finance was the privilege of a selected few, everyone is now talking about it; however, whether this is a case of better late than never still needs to be proven.