Providing water, sanitation and hygiene services that last forever for everyone, is all about systems.

by Dr Patrick Moriarty, IRC http://www.ircwash.org/blog/it-all-about-systems Systems such as monitoring systems to see whether services are delivered; financing frameworks that define who pays for what and how; and procurement mechanisms for infrastructure development.  Developing those systems – the people, skills, resources – is therefore critical – it will allow us to meet the Sustainable Development … Continue reading Providing water, sanitation and hygiene services that last forever for everyone, is all about systems.

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?

Defender or Prius? When it comes to WASH technologies, are we asking the wrong questions?

In her latest blog post "What’s wrong with a free car?", Susan Davis of Improve International argues that giving away cars for free would not solve mobility problems for those on low incomes and that likewise, with WASH projects, giving away a capital asset does not help a 'beneficiary' if it leaves them with crippling running … Continue reading Defender or Prius? When it comes to WASH technologies, are we asking the wrong questions?