In Memoriam: Arun Mugdal

by Rupert Talbot, former Chair of RWSN (UNICEF - retired) "I am writing to let you know that Arun Mudgal died on September 13th after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Although his many friends will surely regret his passing, those of us who visited him in recent times will be glad that he did not linger for longer; Alzheimer's … Continue reading In Memoriam: Arun Mugdal

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

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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4 lessons about handpump sustainability in Ghana

By Sara Marks, Senior Scientist at Sandec / Eawag In 2012 we learned the exciting news that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for drinking water access had been met, nearly 3 years ahead of schedule. Yet an important question still looms large: What will it take to ensure that those who have gained access continue … Continue reading 4 lessons about handpump sustainability in Ghana

Handpump management: a rearguard battle or a necessity?

Summary of Post-Webinar Discussion on LinkedIn Group Regarding Handpump Management (click to read and join in) Stef Smits summarises some key points arising from the webinar and the discussion that followed: Handpumps have still a role to play in 1) small dispersed rural communities [of less than let's say 2000 people], and in 2) bigger … Continue reading Handpump management: a rearguard battle or a necessity?