What’s happening in RWSN?

So this week, Kerstin Danert , Dotun Adekile and Jose Gesti Canuto are in Zambia running a "Procurement, Contract Management and Costing and Pricing of Borehole Projects" course with 40 water sector professionals as part of the RWSN collaboration between Skat and UNICEF on cost effective boreholes. In Perú, The World Bank and SDC have … Continue reading What’s happening in RWSN?

Funding opportunity – Water Security

Happy New Year! Let's start 2016 with a bang:  a call for expressions of interest (EOIs) for ‘Catalyst Grants’ which are commissioned under the REACH programme. These Catalyst Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 each are designed to explore novel approaches to water security and poverty research and policy that complement the core research conducted … Continue reading Funding opportunity – Water Security

“Your challenges are our challenges”, reflections from Oklahoma, USA

Today I write from Oklahoma, USA, having just come to the end of the two and a half day University of Oklahoma 4th biennial WaTER Conference.  I had the honour of being one of the keynote speakers at this event, which was attended by over 170 people from 27 countries. It has been an extremely … Continue reading “Your challenges are our challenges”, reflections from Oklahoma, USA

Investment in rural water supply delivers results – NEW RWSN briefing note on the new JMP report

The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) of UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have just released a new report: 25 Year Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water - 2015 Update report and MDG Assessment We have pulled together a 2-side briefing note that pulls out some of the headline figures and conclusion on rural water … Continue reading Investment in rural water supply delivers results – NEW RWSN briefing note on the new JMP report

Manually Drilled Wells: Providing water in Nigeria’s Megacity of Lagos and beyond

by Dr Kerstin Danert, Skat Foundation In Lagos, a city of over 17 million people, water demands are mainly being met from tapping the groundwater that lies beneath the city. Boreholes provide water directly at people’s homes or business premises. Borehole construction is being paid for by householders and businesses themselves. Water vendors, selling water … Continue reading Manually Drilled Wells: Providing water in Nigeria’s Megacity of Lagos and beyond

Getting the basics right

I've just returned from Liberia, where Kerstin Danert and I, together with Caesar Hall and Jenny Schmitzer are coaching, training and mentoring staff across from government agencies to prepare the first a Sector Performance Report (SPR) for Liberia. Ultimately, this this could become an annual report for the whole WASH sector across the country. It … Continue reading Getting the basics right

Sustainability checks, clauses and compacts – USAID and DGIS lead the way

Blog by Stef Smits of IRC on ways that funders can improve sustainability of WASH projects

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By Stef Smits

Over the past year, there has been quite a bit of buzz in the WASH sector on the sustainability clause  that DGIS seeks to include in its contacts with implementers. The pros and cons of this have been widelydebated . A key component of the clauses is to have sustainability checks as a way to verify whether sustainability criteria are being met. One of the sessions at the “Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium” focused on this kind of approaches, looking back at past experience and at the future outlook for them. Particular emphasis was given to the experiences of two bilateral donors who have been leading the way in this: USAID and DGIS, as well as their partners.

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