Private sector

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 […]

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 […]

The caretaker always SMSes twice

The caretaker always SMSes twice

The costs of getting spare parts for handpumps can sometimes be higher than the costs of the spares themselves. Imagine a handpump where some of the nuts of bolts have worn out. These might cost a dollar at a spare part retail dealer; but the bus ticket to town might cost three dollars. That is […]

Islands of success

Islands of success

Sagar is an island at the mouth of the river Ganges where it meets the Bay of Bengal. Every year in January, about half a million pilgrims visit the island to worship at the holy Ganges. The hundreds of mobile toilet units standing on the empty festival terrain during the rest of the year are […]

Going Dutch

One of the pillars of the new Dutch development policy is to promote private sector involvement, as a motor for economic growth. This pillar equally applies to water, one of the sectors supported by Dutch development cooperation. However, since the fiasco of privatization of (urban) drinking water supply in the 1990s and early 2000s, the […]