Sharing is Caring: The Emerging Framework for Sharing Water Point Data

Webinar – February 5, 2015 – 11:00am  EST On behalf of the Water Point Data Exchange, we invite you to join a one hour webinar on Thursday, February 5 at 11:00am EST. This webinar will provide an exciting update on sector-wide efforts to support  the sharing of water point data across diverse stakeholders. This webinar … Continue reading Sharing is Caring: The Emerging Framework for Sharing Water Point Data

Handpump standardisation in sub-Saharan Africa: Seeking a champion

by Jess MacArthur, IDE Bangladesh As a millennial, I have to admit: I really enjoy technology and innovation. I love to read innovation blogs and to dissect innovation theory. So just over two years ago as I began researching how innovation intersects development in the world of handpumps, I felt a bit stumped. An estimated … Continue reading Handpump standardisation in sub-Saharan Africa: Seeking a champion

Upcoming Webinar with Engineers for Change: Future-proofing Water Systems in Developing Countries

This should be good…

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WEBINAR: Future-proofing Water Systems in Developing Countries: How to Protect Investment and Increase Success through Preventive Maintenance

REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE

engineers for changeThanks to Engineers for Change, who invited me to present on one of my favorite topics: preventing failure (or future-proofing).  Details on the webinar are below.

Date: 18 February 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m. New York, EST ( convert to your time )

Speaker: Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International

About this webinar: Many well-intentioned people are working to make water flow in the homes of more than half of the world’s population that do not have it. But on average, 40% of rural water systems in developing countries stop working a few years after they are built. Billions of dollars in aid money have been thrown at the problem, but recent maps of water systems in several countries shows that they continue to break down.

In this webinar, we…

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WÉBINAIRES – DÉBUT 2015: INSCRIVEZ-VOUS! WEBINARS – EARLY 2015: REGISTER NOW

Registration/inscription À la demande générale, nous avons programmé une nouvelle série passionnante de wébinaires en ce début 2015. Ils auront lieu tous les mardi du 27 janvier au 31 mars inclus. Back by popular demand, we have an exciting new series of webinars for early 2015, every Tuesday from 27 January to 31 March. Plusieurs … Continue reading WÉBINAIRES – DÉBUT 2015: INSCRIVEZ-VOUS! WEBINARS – EARLY 2015: REGISTER NOW

Out today: Addressing arsenic and fluoride in drinking water – Geogenic Contamination Handbook

by Dr Annette Johnson and Anja Bretzler, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) - http://www.wrq.eawag.ch Researchers at Eawag have been involved in finding technological solutions for arsenic-contaminated drinking water over the last decades. When we also started looking at fluoride contamination in drinking water we soon came to realise how enormous the … Continue reading Out today: Addressing arsenic and fluoride in drinking water – Geogenic Contamination Handbook

Predictors of non-functionality for community-managed handpumps: a simple summary of Foster’s analysis

Great summary

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By Susan Davis, Executive Director

This is a summary of a useful study by Tim Foster.  It was actually titled “Predictors of Sustainability for Community-Managed Handpumps in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda,” but as usual I find the reasons for failure useful to share.

Failed water point near Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. We were told the borehole collapsed (credit Susan Davis, July 2012) Failed water point near Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. We were told the borehole collapsed (credit Susan Davis, July 2012)

The study was published in 2013, but I’ve found that some people who are interested in this kind of rigorous analysis have not heard of it.  So I’ve summarized the findings below, in plain English. If you prefer the statistical language please see the original paper.

Where did the data come from?

  • Comprehensive water supply inventories were created by the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Uganda, with the support of development partners.
  • All three inventories were nation-wide and have technical, institutional…

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