Posters for “Experience VT” Event

Ralph P Hall

This weekend I will be taking part in the “Experience Virginia Tech: Learn, Explore, Engage” event that was commission by President Sand’s to showcase the university’s impact on the world around us. From 9am to noon tomorrow at the VT Inn, I will be presenting the three posters below that document the research and main findings from an impact evaluation I led of an MCC-funded rural water supply project in Nampula, Mozambique. I plan to capture key moments from the event using Google Glass and will post some images and video to this blog and to my Google+ account during the day.

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a new phase of RWSN is on the way…..

RWSN is not a formal organisation, more of a shared idea. In 1992, the network was founded as the Handpump Technology Network (HTN) with a narrow focus on.... handpump technology. 22 years on, and this small group of engineers from the Water & Sanitation Program of the World Bank, UNICEF, Skat and the Swiss Agency … Continue reading a new phase of RWSN is on the way…..

Webinar recording – Managing Groundwater: The Political Blackbox

A very interesting webinar from the WaterChannel Speaker Frank van Steenbergen (MetaMeta) Description So often we say that all that is required to have effective water management is the ‘political will to act’.   Yet intriguingly at the same time ‘politics’ is used in derogatory ways mainly.  Dictionaries provide a wide range of definitions, from the … Continue reading Webinar recording – Managing Groundwater: The Political Blackbox

Launched today: the Guidelines for Resolution of Problems with Water Systems

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By Susan M. Davis, Executive Director

Improvement International 8.5 X 11 Newsletter-PRINTToday we are proud to launch the report on Guidelines for Resolution of Problems with Water Systems. This report addresses a widely ignored question in international development: what should be done when an implementing organization finds out (e.g., through post-implementation monitoring) that a water system they built is no longer providing services?  Rehabilitation of infrastructure, the common response, if any, is not enough.

Ideally, resolution activities should be a bridge to sustained, locally-led services. While implementing organizations have a responsibility at a certain level, the goal is for governments to lead the way in ensuring water services for everyone in their countries. These guidelines, approaches, and models are intended to move implementing organizations toward that common goal.

The ultimate goal of these guidelines is to encourage actions that will improve the probability of sustained water services for people in developing countries.

We are…

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Why water systems fail part 15: inappropriate technology

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By Susan Davis, Executive Director

What leads to success or failure of water systems?  Everything we read points to a complex mix of factors.  In this series, we share quotes on various topics related to failure of water systems from our literature search and interviews for the report on resolution of problems with water systems as a way to highlight pieces of the puzzle.

This blog focuses on inappropriate technology choices as a cause of water point failure. This is due in part to a lack of technology standards in some developing countries, or by implementing organizations not following the standards. Technology might be too difficult to repair (perhaps because of the lack of tools or spare parts), not durable enough for the environment, or of poor quality.

Despite agreement among [30 water and sanitation development professionals] that the issues are social and institutional rather than technical, poor technology choice…

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Why water systems fail part 14: lack of spare parts

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By Susan Davis, Executive Director

What leads to success or failure of water systems?  Everything we read points to a complex mix of factors.  In this series, we share quotes on various topics related to failure of water systems from our literature search and interviews for the report on resolution of problems with water systems as a way to highlight pieces of the puzzle.

This blog focuses on a factor that contributes to the inability to repair rural water systems: the lack of supply chains for spare parts, tools and water treatment products.

Another point that we also see is the issue [with sustainability], is spare parts availability. Even though the ownership is there and people want to do something but they … have to travel a long distance to find the spare parts. They would already spend a huge amount of money just to travel there and buy the…

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Why water systems fail part 13: users don’t want to pay

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By Susan Davis, Executive Director

What leads to success or failure of water systems?  Everything we read points to a complex mix of factors.  In this series, we share quotes on various topics related to failure of water systems from our literature search and interviews for the report on resolution of problems with water systems as a way to highlight pieces of the puzzle.

This blog focuses on the unwillingness of some water users to pay for services, a major contributor to problems with cost recovery.  The reasons behind this vary, and include users not liking the taste of the water, not trusting the people collecting the fees, or not wanting to pay for something that was free before. Even if life-cycle costs are well defined, it is still important to understand what users are willing to pay for.

In Liberia it rains almost constantly for about six months…

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