Aguaconsult regularly networks with a range of institutions and organisations that are active in the same thematic areas and share common approaches and practices in furthering international development. We encourage you to visit them at the following websites:
Established in 1997, the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) is an international interagency forum working to improve learning, accountability and quality across the Humanitarian Sector.
BPD Water and Sanitation
BPD Water and Sanitation is an informal network of partners who seek to demonstrate that strategic partnerships involving business, government and civil society can achieve more at the local level to improve access to safe water and effective sanitation for the poor than any of the groups acting individually.
CINARA, Universidad de Valle, Cali, Colombia
CINARA (Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo en Agua Potable, Saneamiento Básico y Conservación de Recursos Hídricos) is based at the University of Valle in Colombia. Its aim is to contribute to the improvement of quality of life, through integrated research, development and transfer of technologies and working methodologies in the sector of water and sanitation.
ECHO Evaluation Department
Since ECHO was created in 1992, it has had an evaluation function which is independent of its operational units, and which is responsible for evaluating the activities funded by the Office; the aim of this department is to regularly assess humanitarian aid operations financed by the European Community in order to establish whether they have achieved their objectives and to produce guidelines for improving the effectiveness of subsequent operations.
Environmental Health Project
The Environmental Health Project (EHP) operates under the direction of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. For many years EHP has been one of the leading global centres of excellence for issues relating to water supply, sanitation and environmental health components in health or environment programmes. Their website provides access to a large number of electronic reports, including the recent work on institutional support mechanisms.
International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organisation, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. The Federation carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The Federation's work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care.
IRC International Centre for Water and Sanitation
The IRC is a specialist centre based in the Netherlands, providing news and information, advice, research and training on low-cost water supply and sanitation in developing countries. The IRC website offers access to many reports and documents on the subject of community management and also is linked to the Thematic Group on Scaling Up website as well as a site dedicated to community management issues, drawing together research lessons and practical experience from around the world (www.irc.nl/manage). The site contains a useful on-line documentation centre.
Thematic Group on Scaling Up of Community Managed Rural Water Supply
The goal of the group is to contribute to the increased impact of water supply programmes on people's livelihoods through increased coverage, greater sustainability and improved demand responsiveness of rural water supply systems. The website provides details about the aims and objectives of the group, news about on-going activities and links to members of the group and key documents on the subject.
Pan American Health Organisation
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was founded in 1902 and is the world's oldest international public health agency working to improve the health and well being of people in the Americas. PAHO's mission is to provide technical cooperation and advice to its Member States and other partners in order to promote equity in health, combat disease and improve the quality of life of the peoples of the Americas.
Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief (REDR) was established in 1979 and is now an international charity working to relieve suffering in disasters by selecting, training and providing competent and effective relief personnel to humanitarian aid agencies world-wide.
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is a stand-by team of disaster management professionals who are nominated and funded by member governments, OCHA, UNDP and operational humanitarian United Nations Agencies such as WFP, UNICEF and WHO. Upon request of a disaster-stricken country, the UNDAC team can be deployed within hours to carry out rapid assessment of priority needs and to support national Authorities and the United Nations Resident Coordinator to coordinate international relief on-site.
WaterAid is an international NGO dedicated exclusively to the sustainable provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. Their site has information on a range of research activities, as well as access to reports and country programme profiles.
Water, Engineering and Development Centre
WEDC is one of the world's leading institutions concerned with the planning, provision and management of physical infrastructure for development in low- and middle-income countries. Their website has a comprehensive section on water and sanitation, including access to research projects and historical documentation from the well-known annual WEDC conferences held every year, either in Africa or Asia, concerning many aspects of water and sanitation in low-income countries.
Water and Sanitation Programme
WSP is an international partnership to help the poor gain sustained access to improved water supply and sanitation services. Administered by The World Bank, WSP works to meet the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation: to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. Over the past two decades, WSP has led or supported many of the advances made within the sector, and actively contributes to the growing understanding of how to translate the guiding principles agreed upon at major international conferences into improved policies and programs.
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
The WSSCC was formed at the end of the United Nations International Drinking Water and Sanitation Decade (1981-1990) to provide a framework for collaboration between sector agencies in both developed and developing countries. Their website includes publications, information on Vision 21, activities of the Council and links to other initiatives, as well as on-line publications.
World Bank Rural Water Supply and Sanitation
This website is part of the World Bank’s water and sanitation sector site and offers basic principles for rural water and sanitation services projects, along with some good publications and resources on the topics of demand-responsive approaches, management options and promoting sustainability. It also includes access to a number of useful web-based “tool-kits” which can be downloaded directly.