Africa

Long, expensive & messy: the realities of sector change

Long, expensive & messy: the realities of sector change

By Patrick Moriarty, Harold Lockwood, Vida Duti and Sarah Carriger In the last post in this series we described our approach to changing the whole system to deliver water services that people can count on: not just for a few years, but for life. We laid out the main phases in this change: initiation, learning […]

More energy into water

More energy into water

Tomorrow is World Water Day, with the topic of “water and energy”. I see obvious issues coming by on the water-energy nexus (which by the way is one of those development sector buzz words that I start disliking more every day. I hope the next buzz word is a bit more, uh, sparkling), such as […]

Heading for the exit

Heading for the exit

Next week, the Dutch parliament will discuss the multi-annual collaboration plans for its bilateral development cooperation with some 15 partner countries. This could be a pretty dull and technical affair, were it not for the fact that these plans give an interesting insight into what the end of aid may look like. But, it also […]

Testing the sub-county water supply and sanitation board as a new management model in rural Uganda

Testing the sub-county water supply and sanitation board as a new management model in rural Uganda

By Julia Boulenouar – A classic case of community managed rural water supply In Uganda management of water supply has been responsibility of the communities, who struggle to provide an adequate level of service.  In Kabarole or Lira Districts, only 2% of households receive a basic level of service (Triple-S baseline survey).

The performance of piped water systems versus handpumps in rural growth centres

The performance of piped water systems versus handpumps in rural growth centres

By  Dr. Christelle Pezon, IRC Piped water systems provide a better service than handpumps, at a lower cost. This conclusion is derived from the in-depth study of the water provision in four rural growth centres (2500 to 7500 people), in Sahel, the poorest region of Burkina Faso (Pezon, 2013).

Who serves the in-betweeners?

Who serves the in-betweeners?

By: Marieke Adank, IRC Small towns and peri-urban areas are by definition found in the grey area in between the truly urban and the truly rural. Also in terms of water supply, fifty shades of grey are found in these types of settlements. People living here often fall in between the cracks of urban utilities […]

The end of aid

The end of aid

By Ton Schouten – I was asked to convince a Texas businessman to support investing in government water systems. I tried: The evidence shows that more than 30% of water systems in Ghana are not functional and that only around 20% of the functioning water systems provide a basic level of service: water of WHO accepted […]

Users perception of rural water services in Ghana: A case of satisfaction or dissatisfaction?

Users perception of rural water services in Ghana: A case of satisfaction or dissatisfaction?

By: Tyhra Kumasi, Senior Research Officer, Triple-S Ghana Dora is a 33 year old teacher living in Agbedrafo in the Akatsi South District. She depends on the only handpump in the community for her daily domestic chores; however she laments the difficulties in getting access to fetch water. According to Dora “even though fetching is on a […]

Sub County Water and Sanitation Boards could help fix community management in Uganda but only with proper support

Sub County Water and Sanitation Boards could help fix community management in Uganda but only with proper support

- By Martin Watsisi, Regional Learning Facilitator, Triple-S Uganda. In Uganda, as in many places, community water management has not worked very well. By and large, water user committees don’t have the requisite authority to collect fees or the necessary technical skills to ensure proper operations, maintenance and repairs. And District Water Officers, ostensibly responsible […]

Tracking change and sharpening indicators

Tracking change and sharpening indicators

By: Marieke Adank, IRC Now almost 2 year ago, I was involved in an assessment of the state of water service provision in 3 districts in Ghana. This assessment was done in order to test draft service delivery indicators developed by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, in collaboration with IRC, under its Triple-S Project, […]

Insurance for rural water supplies – a good idea?

Insurance for rural water supplies – a good idea?

Email requests sometimes trigger the most interesting thoughts and ideas, particularly when there is no straightforward answer. Today, I received a question on whether at IRC we know of any experience with insurances for rural water supply. This question has reached us several times in the past year. Whereas my first answer to the question […]

Putting low resources to work for rural O&M

Putting low resources to work for rural O&M

This is a guest post from Duncan McNicholl and Alyssa Lindsay who lead the Water and Sanitation Programme of Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) in Malawi. For more on their work please see the recent case study by Triple-S available here. Mr. Oswald Nkhuwa is the District Water Development Officer for Nkhotakota District in the […]

Stockholm syndrome

Stockholm syndrome

For obvious reasons, Sweden and Stockholm have inspired several WASH bloggers this month, drawing analogies between the WASH sector and Swedish smörgåsbord and the Vasa ship. As a Stockholm resident, I can only be very satisfied with such inspiration. But, I must admit that initially I was not very inspired by this year’s World Water […]

Only the Minister of Water and Environment can decommission a defunct water facility in Uganda: myth or reality

Only the Minister of Water and Environment can decommission a defunct water facility in Uganda: myth or reality

By Robert Otim, District Learning Facilitator, Lira district, Uganda – In an Inter-district, meeting (IDM) organised by Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) June 2013 in Kitgum, decommissioning of defunct water systems was a major concern cutting across all the 15 districts of Northern Uganda. Since the end of the humanitarian period and subsequent withdrawal […]

Not-so-limited mechanised boreholes

Not-so-limited mechanised boreholes

Elder Joe, whom you still may remember from a previous blog post, is the proud secretary of a water committee in the outskirts of Odumase town in Ghana. The committee looks after a handpump that was installed only last year. The committee is doing well. He shows us the booklet with the bank statements and […]