Do we need better handpump standards, or better organizational performance standards?

Improve International

By Susan Davis, Executive Director

A handpump in Ethiopia A handpump in Ethiopia

Our friends at the Rural Water Supply Network recently published an overview on pump standardization (pdf). Twenty out of the 35 sub-Saharan African countries don’t have formal pump standardization policies. Read about why this can be a problem and my thoughts on standards in this article by Rob Goodier at Engineering for Change.

What do you think? Do technology standards lead to improved water services or squash innovation?

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