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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Questioning water quality

One of the main conditions for providing potable water services is that the service provider must be able to guarantee that the water is safe for consumption. But what happens when you live in an area where such services are not within reach? Can you be sure that the water that is available is safe […

Taxes, the missing piece of the puzzle

Public finance – money derived from taxation- is an essential part of the puzzle of how to finance the Sustainable Development Goal for water and cover the life-cycle costs  of service delivery. On November 12th IRC organised an event on the role of public finance for reaching scale and sustainable services. How can aid and domestic revenue catalyse […

Sustaining rural water supply using the principles of collective Impact

Collective impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. Samantha King describes in a blog post how IRC and its partners in Ghana are applying many of the principles of collective impact in the process and actions to address the water […

Managing improved water sources at scale

Maintenance of handpumps in Burkina Faso is a matter of scale, says IRC’s Christelle Pezon.  IRC, Eau-Vive, and Burkina Faso’s General Directorate of Water Resources are working together to improve access to water services in Burkina Faso, as part of the West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Initiative (WA-WASH) programme of USAID. Private operator Faso Hydro estimates that […

Changing the game

For decades the water sector has been driven by providing first time access. Now that system must provide permanent water services and it can’t, without a fundamental change. Triple-S has worked over the past years to understand and strengthen the building blocks  that are critical in determining whether water and sanitation services will last- or investments will simply […

Framework of service delivery indicators for assessing and monitoring rural and small town water supply services in Ghana

The rural water and sanitation sub sector of Ghana is on a positive trajectory towards establishing an inventory of rural and small-towns water systems across the country and a continuous service monitoring process that will enable the sector to measure and report on access, functionality and sustainability of service levels.

Framework of service delivery indicators for assessing and monitoring rural and small town water supply services in Ghana

The rural water and sanitation sub sector of Ghana is on a positive trajectory towards establishing an inventory of rural and small-towns water systems across the country and a continuous service monitoring process that will enable the sector to measure and report on access, functionality and sustainability of service levels.

The WASH Sector School of ‘Hard Knocks’ – learning from experience for dealing with the future

By Deirdre Casella and Carmen da Silva Wells  The capacity to continuously learn and adapt is critical for dealing with complex challenges and future uncertainties. In this first blog in a series about ‘a learning and adaptive sector’, we discuss why learning is central to achieving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for life. If our […

The WASH Sector School of ‘Hard Knocks’ – learning from experience for dealing with the future

By Deirdre Casella and Carmen da Silva Wells  The capacity to continuously learn and adapt is critical for dealing with complex challenges and future uncertainties. In this first blog in a series about ‘a learning and adaptive sector’, we discuss why learning is central to achieving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for life. If our […

No more fairy tales

In the third of three blog posts, CEO of IRC Patrick Moriarty explains why “government leadership” is critical to tackle inequality, poverty and to create sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services – and why we need to stop believing in fairy tales be they about self-supporting communities or scrappy social entrepreneurs. This blog was originally […