This resource, written by Aguaconsult and WaterAid, has been developed primarily for WaterAid staff and partners to help in the selection of the most appropriate management models for piped water supply systems in rural and small-town contexts. The guide is also being made available as an external resource for other organisations, including national governments and development partners.
In a bid to identify how governments can be supported to ensure more sustainable services, the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, which made rural water supply services a key challenge area, commissioned Aguaconsult to conduct a 16-country study, with the objective of developing and applying a simple framework to assess the sustainability of rural water supply.
This learning note provides an overview of the capacity development project, its key achievements, and lessons learned to date and it also captures and presents specific and targeted recommendations.
The World Bank contracted Aguaconsult, together with IRC of the Netherlands, to research existing frameworks and metrics used to assess rural water service delivery. Forty indicator sets were analysed and on the basis of this set of empirical evidence, the team developed a set of standard global indicators to measure different characteristics of rural water services.
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