Ops Talks: Total Cost of Services

re-blogged with thanks from Water for Good sub·si·dy A sum of money granted by the state or a public body to help an industry or business keep the price of a commodity or service low — Oxford English Dictionary Rural Water Services ARE Subsidized Even the United States has subsidies for rural water services. This doesn’t make something unsustainable. … Continue reading Ops Talks: Total Cost of Services

The overlooked population dynamics of rural Africa

by Matthias Saladin, Skat Rural population in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to continue growing for decades to come. In spite of urbanization, rural populations are not going to disappear. Both as individuals and as organizations, we need to spend more efforts in reaching out to the people in rural areas, and we need to come … Continue reading The overlooked population dynamics of rural Africa

The politics of water: part two

by Naomi Oates, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Future, UK - re-posted from Grantham “Communities themselves, when a borehole is drilled, are supposed to be responsible. They are supposed to have fundraising for maintenance. This is challenging. Often breakdowns are due to simple things. They say ‘we are lacking x, y ,z’. And we ask ‘don’t … Continue reading The politics of water: part two

Investing in the next generation for universal rural water services

Word from the RWSN Chair: Kelly Ann Naylor, UNICEF This month we celebrated International Youth Day (on August 12th). More than half of the world’s population today is under 30:  1.8 billion people are between the ages of 10-24. And nine out of 10 people between the ages 10 and 24 live in less developed countries … Continue reading Investing in the next generation for universal rural water services

Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector – UPDATED!

From 2003 to date, assessments of borehole drilling sector cost-effectiveness and professionalism have been undertaken for the following countries: Angola (Pinto, 2017) 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 … Continue reading Professional Water Wells Drilling: Country Assessments of the Sector – UPDATED!