RWSN in Indonesia

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So this week, I’m lucky enough to have been invited to present at the International Indonesia Water Week in Jakarta. RWSN is a global network, but many of you will have noticed the strong Africa-bias. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the challenges of delivering good quality rural water services are to be found everywhere – indeed the Pacific region is the where the biggest disparities between urban and rural are to be found [JMP].
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Global Framework for Sharing Water Point Data Launched with Largest Ever Public Data Set

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New Approach to Sharing Water Data Promises Improved Water Access around the World

Press Release by Brian Banks, Global Water Challenge

WASHINGTON | May 14, 2015 – Around the world, one in nine people lack access to safe water. While progress is being made, efforts have been limited by challenges in establishing a clear picture of water point access. Despite a growing trend of collecting data on water projects, there has previously been no consistent way to share this information among parties, making it difficult to fully understand the water challenges faced around the world.

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Water taps and information gaps

RWSN Secretariat:

An interesting blog post that has kicked off some interesting responses

Originally posted on Nonprofit Chronicles:

wf_093014_Whatever_Glass_Hald_680x300If you’ve donated money to a water charity, congratulations. You’ve stepped up to try to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems–the fact that roughly 750 million people do not have access to clean water.

Has your donation made a lasting difference? That’s hard to know.

Big water charities point to numbers that, they say, demonstrate their impact. Since its founding in 2006, charity: water says it has funded 16,138 water projects. Water.org, in its latest annual report, says that in 2013 it completed 174 community-based water projects, constructed 73,081 toilets, established 66,632 household water connections and served 606,012 people with water and sanitation. In 2013-2014, Water Aid says it reached 2 million people with water and 3 million with sanitation.

But the charities, as a rule, do not report on how many of those projects are providing clean water a year, two or five years after…

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E-DISCUSSION ANNOUNCEMENT: Local government and rural water services

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Les autorités locales et la pérennisation des services d’eau en zones rurales

El gobierno local y los servicios sostenibles de agua en zonas rurales

Sign up now: dgroups.org/RWSN/sustainable_services_rwsn

The Rural Water Supply Network would like to invite you to participate in the E-discussion (27 April – 22 May 2015)

• What are the roles and responsibilities of local government in rural water supply?
• How are these roles and responsibilities fulfilled?
• What are the challenges that local government faces in order to undertake these roles and responsibilities?
• What ideas, tools and experiences are there to ensure that local government can take up its roles and responsibilities?
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Summary of RWSN D-groups discussion on resolution

Originally posted on Improve International:

By Susan Davis, Executive Director

Resolution coverFor two weeks in March, our friends at the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) let me lead a discussion on resolution of problems with water systems through the Sustainable Services D-group. Resolutionis the process of addressing problems identified through monitoring and/or evaluation. It goes by many names, and is sometimes part of post-construction support.

I appreciate those who contributed to the discussion: organizations working in Chad, Congo, Ghana, Nepal, and Uganda. Following is a summary of responses to some questions I posed.

Q1. Has your organization ever conducted post-implementation (post-project) monitoring?

This question was a bit tricky because the responding organizations support monitoring at a district or national level, or they monitor water points that they didn’t necessarily help to build or repair. This is a good reminder that not everyone is simply building hardware. However, all of the responding groups monitor water management…

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Sometimes fairy tales lead to nightmares

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Originally posted on Improve International:

By Susan Davis, Executive Director

Last week, at a conference organized by college students, I spoke about lessons learned in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). One of the key points was that “it’s not about the project.”  The WASH sector is plagued by fragmented approaches and one-off projects. Small projects don’t have much of a chance of achieving systemic change, even at the community level. Yet many groups treat water projects like romantic movies – replacing the wedding with the ribbon cutting or photo shoot for the water point at the end of the project.  The caption under the photograph of the cute kids drinking clean water might as well say: “And then they lived happily ever after.”

happily ever afterBut still high percentages of water systems fail, latrine pits fill up or aren’t used at all, and very few people continue to wash their hands regularly after the program…

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Roll out of technology applicability tool in Tanzania to assure sustainable WASH services

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Lack of proper operation and maintenance (O&M), lack of participatory planning procedures, lack of flexibility to apply different management models for water supplies and inappropriate technology choices are among key issues identified which hindered sustainable WASH services during the Water Sanitation Development Plan (WSDP) Tanzania. The results of the national water point mapping clearly highlights the fact that more than 30% of all water points are not working.

To overcome these issues the leading Ministry of Water (MoW) in Tanzania included various measures in the design of the 2nd phase of the WSDP.

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