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See the situation on the ground. Listen to experts, local practitioners, and water users talk about the challenges of sustainable rural water supply.

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Highlights from the 5th WASH sustainability Forum  - On 30 June and 1 July 2014, WASH professionals from across the world met in Amsterdam and discussed tools and the substantive shift needed for water, sanitation and hygiene services that last. 

The role of local government in the delivery of sustainable WASH services - Strong local government is key to meeting the water demand. Representatives of national government, district local government and WASH service providers from Ghana, Burkina Faso and Uganda discuss challenges, way forward and support required.

Eng Aaron Kabirizi: Meeting the water service challenge - In Uganda 10 million people lack access to safe water. The Commissioner for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation says devolving water services closer to people and taking steps to improve functionality will achieve better services.

Robert Otim: filling the capacity gap Robert Otim, learning facilitator for Triple-S in Lira, Uganda, identifies the gaps in district water service capacities that Triple-S is helping to fill.

Sub-county Water Supply and Sanitation Boards in Uganda - Paul Nyeko Ogiramoi explains how water supply and sanitation boards at local sub-county level can make community management work.

Eng Aaron Kabirizi: Sub-county water boards in Uganda - The Commissioner for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Uganda explains how sub-county water boards will make a difference to water services and functionality.

Costing data gathered in 187 villages in India to help government do better planning - The WASHcost India team, gathered data on government investments in water, sanitation and hygiene in 187 villages. The data is used so that government can do proper planning for each of the budget components, against the available funds.

Sustaining water facilities in Ghana, a film - Sustaining water facilities in Ghana’s rural areas is challenging. Villages are in charge of repairs, but often don’t have the money for it. Check out this short film on the activities of WASHCost Ghana.

Increase stakeholder cooperation to enhance functionality of rural water services - A message from Jane Nabunnya, country coordinator of Triple-S Uganda, emphasising that cooperation among stakeholders is key to the improvement of functionality of rural water facilities.

CWSA's changing role - from facilitator of WASH facilities to regulator - Clement Bugase talks about the changing role of the CWSA as they seek to enhance their ability as a regulator more than a facilitator for the delivery of physical facilities.

Akatsi Water Board seeks sustainable pricing of water - How do you set a tariff for water in a small town, so that people can afford to pay and there is enough money to sustain the service? Representatives of the Akatsi Water and Sanitation Board, Volta Region, Ghana, highlight how they are making their decisions and how they have sorted their finances. They are using the life-cycle costs approach to identify their costs.

Post 2015 monitoring - Tom Slaymaker leads the JMP working group for water for post 2015 monitoring. He relates about the strengths of the current JMP monitoring, the challenges, and the plans for post 2015 monitoring.

Ethiopia's national WASH inventory - an interview with Tamene Hailu working about national level monitoring in Ethiopia.

M4W in Uganda - using mobile phones to reduce downtime and improving national level baseline data in Uganda.

FLOW for monitoring water services in Ghana - Seth Damasah, Head of the District Water and Sanitation Team of Akatsi District in the Volta Region in Ghana, explains how FLOW is being used to monitor water services in Ghana.

Faces of unkempt sources - showing some of the bad practices relating to management of rural water sources in Uganda.

Community monitoring using mobile phones - Martin Watsisi from Triple-S Uganda talks about the use of mobile phones to collect data at water point sources to alert district water officers and health assistants.

Financing: a gap between policy and practice - According to Emmanuel Gaze (CWSA), there is still a big gap between policy and practice when it comes to financing. It requires innovative mechanisms devoided to fill the gap.

Access to water services in Kabarole district - The water supply coverage in Kabarole district has been low. However, with the interventions of international organisations the situation is getting better, says Mr. Pius Mugabi Senior Water Officer in Kabarole District, Uganda.

Towards sustainable water services in Ghana - Vida Duti is the Triple-S team leader in Ghana. She heads a team of 10 people, which is hosted by the government agency: Community Water and Sanitation Agency(CWSA). In seven short video clips Vida talks about the changes in the Ghana water sector towards sustainable rural water services.

Financing Post-Construction Support (direct support) - this documentary explores various  options and opportunities for post-construction support  for water and sanitation facilities in Ghana. It draws largely on efforts by two of IRC Ghana’s programmes: the Triple-S and WASHCost projects in facilitating sector dialogue and innovations to  addresses the situation.

How do water projects contribute to change? - Patrick Moriarty describes how WASHCost and Triple-S contribute to change processes in rural water and sanitation service delivery.

Triple-S featured at the World Bank, May 2011 (Washington D.C., USA) – Harold Lockwood, author of the Lessons for Rural Water Supply initiative, presents findings from the 13-country study and IRC's Patrick Moriarty, Director of the Ghana Program, discusses recommendations for donor support.

Everyone & Forever: the Honduras experience - Water For People has adopted the "Everyone & Forever" approach. This video describes how Chinda, Honduras has reached 100% water supply and sanitation coverage for homes and schools.

Rural water supply stories - In support of the Story Initiative, IRC's Triple-S, RWSN, and NETWAS Uganda joined efforts to collect more than 100 stories during the 6th RWSN Forum, using the Story Booth.

Back to the River – Tessa Livingstone, BBC producer of the acclaimed documentary Child of Our Time, turns her lens on the problem of unsustainable rural water supplies.

Water flow in a rural setting – IRC & Triple-S Uganda present the challenges facing rural water supply in Uganda through the perspectives of water users and community leaders.

Water flow at full scale – Poor infrastructure, community vandalism, and lack of long-term planning are some factors that affect rural water supply in Uganda. NGO representatives, community members, researchers, and farmers all share their narratives in this short video presented by Triple-S Uganda.

What if...? – What if resources from all projects in the district were brought together? What if in addition to constructing water systems we also planned and financed for its operation and maintenance? This short presentation tells the story of a fictitious district in the developing world, and what happened to its water supply.