Water services that last - Talking sustainability

This blog was started by Triple-S research leader, Stef Smits, to share stories, comments, comments and questions rural water supply. The blog has since been extended to include entries from other Triple-S staff from Ghana, Uganda, and The Netherlands, as well as WASH actors from IRC's partner organisations. In this blog, we continuously feature the musings of those who work towards providing water (and sanitation) services that last.

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Aftermath of the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting

By Erma Uytewaal - Promising commitments, shallow discussions but a great depth of optimism for the sector  Last week Friday 11 April 2014, the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM) took place in Washington DC. This third HLM hosted by the World Bank, gathered more than sixty delegations from developing countries […

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 […

Timor Leste – a service delivery state of mind

By Harold Lockwood  - Last week I was in Timor Leste supporting some of the work of WaterAid Australia and its programme in Timor Leste. As this has evolved over the last several years, and with coverage levels increasing, WaterAid Timor-Leste (WATL) has recognised the pressing challenge of maintaining service levels in those communities who […

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

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 […

Musings from Mopti

Originally posted on Rural Water Supply Network :
Well digging – Mali (RWSN/Skat) by Jonathan Annis, WASHPlus I’ve spent the last week in the Mopti Region of northern Mali supporting a USAID/WASHplus WASH & Nutrition initiative led by CARE. While behavior change communication related to household- and community-level sanitation, hygiene, and infant nutrition practices is the…

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 […

Changing the whole system to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services that last

By Patrick Moriarty and Harold Lockwood - For the last six years or so, primarily through our WASHCost and Triple-S initiatives, IRC has engaged deeply with the challenges of what it takes to provide sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services. We think that we’ve identified many parts of the puzzle (and so have many others […

Where have all the committees gone?

Mr Chary* is the secretary of one of the Gram Panchayats (lowest level of elected government in India) in the north eastern part of Tamil Nadu. Full of pride, he shows the pump house and the overhead tank, and explains the work of the operator who keeps the pump running, maintains the tank and chlorinates […

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). Water points are […