Tag Archive | irc’s approach

Cautiously optimistic

Cautiously optimistic

What will it take to create WASH sectors that work?  By Patrick Moriarty, Harold Lockwood, and Sarah Carriger Over the past few months in a series of posts we’ve been advocating for a change in the goal of the WASH sector – from increasing coverage to delivering a service over the long haul; from simply building […]

Everyone together for everyone forever: changing the whole system in practice

Everyone together for everyone forever: changing the whole system in practice

by Patrick Moriarty and Harold Lockwood In the first post in this series, we explained why we believe that a paradigm shift is needed in the WASH sector: moving beyond the construction of physical hardware to the universal provision of safe drinking water (and sanitation) services worthy of the name. Because of the number of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Flying the flag – but breaking the pump?

Flying the flag – but breaking the pump?

One of the topics of discussion during this week’s Triple-S annual meeting was around harmonization of approaches to rural water supply between donors and governments. Presenting the experiences in Ghana, Vida Duti presented this nice map, showing which donors operate in which part of the country. One could interpret this map in a positive way; […]

Planning for impact

Planning for impact

By Patrick Moriarty Back in June and July of 2012, Triple-S underwent a mid-term assessment (MTA) by an excellent team led by Dr. Ben Ramalingam. The MTA was a hugely useful exercise, allowing the Triple-S team and our partners to take some time out from our day to day work to reflect on how we […]

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 […]

Everyone? Yes, everyone!

Everyone? Yes, everyone!

Anyone who works in the water sector cannot have missed the various consultations and debates on the post-2015 goals for water and sanitation, with the official one taking place here, but also good online discussions, such as the one on The Broker online. At the same time, technical proposals have been developed by working groups […]

Vida’s story

Vida’s story

In this clip, Vida Duti tells her personal story and shares the reasons why she decided to work in development.

Uganda Sector Review 2012: are we still seeing the forest from the trees?

Uganda Sector Review 2012: are we still seeing the forest from the trees?

Piloting and scaling up

Piloting and scaling up

In this interview, Vida Duti explains how Triple-S Ghana works at all levels in order to move from piloting in the three districts, to scaling-up.

Experimenting with water service delivery

Experimenting with water service delivery

By Patrick Moriarty Coming up with a convincing elevator pitch for our Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) project has long been a challenge.  Which, given the complexities of the rural water sector itself, is possibly not that surprising.  Whether defining ourselves (at least in part) as a complexity informed water services development lab will help, […]

Community-based management is dead; long live community-based management

Community-based management is dead; long live community-based management

Last week, we had our first Triple-S research seminar, discussing the first findings from the assessments of service provision around point sources in Ghana and Uganda. Although I had seen a sneak preview of some of the data, the consolidated results were shocking. After seeing them, I was tempted to declare community-based management (particularly of […]

The way we work

The way we work

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.

Sustaining what?

Sustaining what?

Sustainability is on top of the list! Of countries, of development partners and of IRC. Now that we know about the high break down rates of pumps and pipes, we are alarmed. And we should! Not only because breakdowns are a waste of investment and a waste of tax payers’ money, but because people have […]