By Richard Ward, Aguaconsult The most recent Global Water Challenge (GWC) webinar hosted at http://www.sustainablewash.org gave another useful opportunity to highlight the findings of the Qualitative Document Analysis (QDA) policy and practice research that has been disseminating during this (slightly cold) first part of 2013. Adding to the ‘reality content’ of those findings were two […]
A visit to Gammarth, Tunisia, or what I learnt at the African Development Bank’s retreat for rural water and sanitation
By Harold Lockwood Last week in Gammarth, Tunis the African Development Bank called a meeting, attended by about 160 sector experts and other government officials, to launch a new coordination mechanism for its flagship Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative, or RWSSI. It was an interesting couple of days and through the various presentations, discussions, […]
A few weeks ago, an interesting email discussion was held on “water point mapping” D-Group of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN). Part of the discussion focused on how much it costs to map or monitor all water systems in a country. Various figures were floating around in the discussion. But when looking at these […]
Reblogged from WASH in Uganda: This week 250 practitioners and policy makers from the Uganda Water and Environment sector met for 3 days during the annual Joint Sector Review Meeting. In my previous blog I focused on the challenge of stagnation in rural water: for the past years we haven’t seen any increase in coverage […]
Driven amongst others by the mobile phone applications, more and more statistics are becoming available on the state of water services. These go well beyond the coverage data we were used to in the JMP reports (and which this year gave us some reason to be mildly optimistic). The new stats provide more insight into […]
By Patrick Moriarty – I mentioned some cool new outputs from IRC’s Ghana programme in my previous post. These factsheets present a rich picture of water services and their governance based on a total survey in our three Triple-S focus districts in Ghana. The fact sheets aren’t cool due to their content – which is actually […]
As argued several times in this blog, post-construction support is one of the keys to sustainability of rural water supplies. One element of post-construction support is monitoring of aspects such as service levels and the performance of service providers, through which the support providers can better target their assistance. The last few years have seen […]
By Harold Lockwood - Yesterday I read an excellent report on how the water sector in Uganda has managed to build a truly national monitoring system. The report is written by the Rural Water Supply Network – RWSN – and so naturally focuses on the rural sector as it looks back at the detailed steps […]
By Carmen da Silva Wells, Programme Officer, South Asia & Latin America Team, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. On the 20th of August the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre organised an in-house debate on the pros and cons of adding a sustainability clause in contracts between donors and implementers in Water Sanitation and Hygiene […]
I have written before about our work on life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) in Honduras. The idea is to look into the real costs of investment programmes and projects in Honduras, so see which intervention model is the most cost-effective. The reason for that is that within the sector, and sometimes even within an institution, various […]
In this short video, Vida Duti talks about the way Triple-S works in Ghana, and the difference between being a cop and being a change agent. More clips from this series of seven can be viewed here.
In this third video clip, of the seven clips in which Vida Duti talks about the changes in the Ghana water sector towards, she emphasises the importance of monitoring water services to plan and direct investments.
On World Water Day, CNN International published the article “Going with the ‘FLOW’ towards better sanitation”. In this Stef Smits, research officer at Triple-S is interviewed. He refers back to his earlier blog post on whether the glass is half full, or half empty. “Reaching the last 10% of the population — those living in remote […]
My name is Patrick Moriarty. I’m the director of IRC’s Triple-S project, and am blogging at waterservicethatlast for the first time – although I also blog sporadically on my own site . This blog was started by Stef Smits, head of research in Triple-S but is now being opened up to other project staff – […]
This week, I had to pleasure to present a scoping study we did with IWMI on multiple-use services (MUS) in 5 countries to the client, the Rockefeller Foundation. During the meeting, there was the opportunity for staff of the Foundation to ask critical questions about the studies. One of the most intriguing questions I got […]