Capacity Development is one of those buzz-phrases that gets used and abused almost as much as Sustainable Development. Capacity has various definitions, but for me, one of the clearest is: "Capacity is the ability of individuals, groups, institutions and organizations to identify and solve problems over time" (Morgan, P. 1993 quoted on p.7 of Capacity … Continue reading Problems need problem-solvers
This week, I attended the Sanitation & Water for All (SWA), partnership meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. Skat Foundation is a member of the Research & Learning constituency of SWA and I was there, among other things, to represent RWSN, both to raise relevant issues from our network with SWA partners, but also to find … Continue reading Sanitation and Water for All? a view from the SWA partner meeting
By Susan Davis, Executive Director with research support from Lydia Prokosch
At the UNC Water and Health conference last week, Improve International hosted an event called Keep the Water Flowing. We highlighted the various types of post-construction support, results and costs. Below are links to the presentations:
- Susan Davis, Improve International, Improve International Keep the Water Flowing
- Ruchika Shiva, IRC India, Different types of institutional support arrangements in India: synthesis of findings from 20 case studies from the Community Water Plus project
- Victoria Cuellar, DRI/CIWAS, The Circuit Rider Methodology
- Georgia Kayser, UNC Water Institute, The Circuit Rider Model in El Salvador: Improvements in Drinking Water Quality & Sustainability
- Dennis Warner, Millennium Water Alliance, Monitoring and Resolution Activities of MWA Members Following Project Completion
We also shared several resources, links to which are provided below by theme.
The Case for Post-Construction Support
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Susan Davis wrote this guest blog on ICTWorks based on her lightning talk at MERLTech:
The world has made several commitments to water and sanitation, starting as far back as the 1970s, and leading up to the recent Sustainable Development Goals. Also over the past few decades, the development of the internet and cool data collection tools has enabled more and more organizations to share their evaluations and monitoring data publicly.
But is anyone actually learning from them?
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thoughts in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
By Susan Davis, Executive Director
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were approved by the UN last week. A tweet last week about the SDGs caught my eye: “Business as usual does not work. We need to move beyond the traditional mode of development, says @IrinaBokova. ##ICSD2015 #SDGs”
I totally agree with this, and that’s part of why I founded Improve International. But is this phrase spurring the action it intends?
As part of some research, I’ve been reading some older documents about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). I keep coming across the phrase “business as usual.” I’m not sure the WASH sector is grasping the concept, because people have been saying this since at least 1998. Some highlights (italics are mine):
1998: Safe water supply and adequate sanitation to protect health are among the basic human rights. Ensuring their availability would contribute immeasurably to health and productivity for development…
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