Water Services

SSI Toolbox

by | April 16, 2020 | Bill Twyman, Global, Harold Lockwood, Knowledge communication, Latest, Sanitation & Hygiene, Technical Assistance, Water Services, Will Tillett

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – and the increased importance of good hygienic practices – highlights the critical importance of safe WASH services and the WASH systems that support them. The Sustainable Services Initiative (SSI) – an undertaking of Welthungerhilfe, in partnership with Aguaconsult, the German Toilet Organization (GTO) and Viva con Agua – has recently published Tools for Practitioners to strengthen WASH systems (or simply the SSI-Toolbox).

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Aguaconsult helps Agenda for Change articulate its work on WASH Systems Strengthening

by | March 18, 2020 | Global, Knowledge communication, Latest, Research and design, Sanitation & Hygiene, Training and facilitation, Uncategorized, Urban Services, Water Services, Will Tillett

Strengthening WASH systems is a core focus of Agenda for Change, in their efforts to help governments to meet the WASH-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
But what does Agenda for Change mean by ‘WASH system’? What examples do they have of efforts to strengthen it? And what have been the experiences of the various Agenda for Change members on progressively applying a systems approach in their programming?

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USAID Sustainable WASH programme: Sustaining Rural Water: A Comparative Study of Maintenance Models for Community-Managed Schemes

by | August 1, 2019 | Harold Lockwood, Latest, Publications, Sanitation & Hygiene, Technical Assistance, Water Services

Aguaconsult’s Harold Lockwood has been providing technical support to the USAID Sustainable WASH systems programme and has recently published the following report – Sustaining Rural Water: A Comparative Study of Maintenance Models for Community-Managed Schemes. As rural water supply coverage rates rise across many countries, attention is increasingly being paid to finding and implementing cost-effective mechanisms to ensure this improved initial access is sustained over time. Conventional approaches to maintenance have largely been based on voluntary community-based management with communities taking on the burden of maintenance themselves, with limited, if any, support from external agencies or local government. Recently, there have been attempts to professionalize maintenance services and make these services affordable at the point of delivery. This study considers different variations of maintenance approaches. It provides a typology for characterizing maintenance service provision models, a framework for analyzing them, and an in-depth study of seven maintenance models that represent different cases from the typology of approaches. Based on this comparative analysis, the study outlines emerging trends and recommendations for broader consideration.

Sustaining Rural Water: A Comparative Study of Maintenance Models for Community-Managed Schemes

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Cost effective ways to leave no-one behind in rural water and sanitation – A RWSN discussion

by | August 1, 2019 | Julia Boulenouar, Latest, Sanitation & Hygiene, Water Services

Cost effective ways to leave no-one behind in rural water and sanitation – Summary on the RWSN E-discussion

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Capital Maintenance Expenditure tool, the cost of water services in Uganda

by | July 11, 2019 | Delia Sánchez Trancón, Eastern Africa, Financing, Latest, Training and facilitation, Water Services

Last week I provided a training on a capital maintenance expenditure – or CapManEx – tool to staff from the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda.

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