Handpumps can be better - who is leading the way?
Drilling a borehole and installing a handpump is a common way to improve access to water for rural (and urban) people in many parts of the world. However, the failure of these water points is shockingly high, a third in many African and Asian countries and often much higher.
New communications technology is opening up the possibilities for 'Smart Handpumps' - handpumps that actively record how and when they are used and transmits that data to an organisation who can use that information to (a) mobilise targeted maintenance and repairs; (b) identity priority areas for future improvements and investments; (c) to understand the user needs better, and main other reasons that shift rural water supply away from 'fire-and-forget' projects and towards water services that last and that reach everyone.
UNICEF, Skat Foundation
Building and supporting local enterprises to develop markets and undertake manual drilling in a professional manner.
Year of Publishing
Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development
ANSCOMBE, J.R. (2011) Consultancy Services: Quality Assurance of UNICEF Drilling Programmes for Boreholes in Malawi. Final Report , UNICEF , Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development , Malawi
Consultancy Services: Quality Assurance of UNICEF Drilling Programmes for Boreholes in Malawi
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A 2016 Water Point Update to the RWSN (2009) statistics
• An average of 78% of water points are functional across the 11 countries analyzed.
• The high failure rates early after installation are troubling: almost 15% after one year and 25% of water points are non-functional by their fourth year after installation. This indicates widespread problems with poor quality water point installation, due to a range of problems that may include professionalism and skills around contracts, construction and supervision; borehole siting; lack of quality control of hardware; or lack of post-construction monitoring and problem resolution.
• Handpumps are often singled out as technology that fails, but analysis of other water point types show similar functionality levels, and that tens of thousands of handpumps are providing a service
This poster was peer-reviewed and presented at the 7th RWSN Forum in Abidjan, Cote'Ivoire 2016.
It replaces "Handpump Data 2009 Selected Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa" (2009)
Contributions et rapport du 7ème Forum RWSN (2016, Abidjan)
The 2016 Rural Water Supply Network Forum in Abidjan was the first global gathering to consider the practical challenge of how everyone worldwide can get access to safe, affordable water by 2030. It was also the first RWSN Forum to take place in a francophone country, in the 25 years since the creation of the network.
The Forum took place on 29 Nov - 2 Dec 2016, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, and gathered 467 rural water sector practitioners from over 300 organisations from 64 countries in Africa, Asia, Americas, and Europe, in a bilingual (English/French) four day event. It was opened by the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Daniel Kaplan Duncan. We were joined by HE State Minster James Dengchol Tot, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia, as well as a delegation from AMCOW.
Le Forum du Rural Water Supply Network 2016 à Abidjan était le premier évènement global à considerer les défis liés à l’approvisionnement en eau potable et abordable pour tous d’ici 2030 d’un point de vue pratique. C’était également le premier à avoir lieu dans un pays francophone depuis la creation du réseau il y a 25 ans.
Le Forum a réuni 467 professionnels du secteur de l’eau rurale de 300 organisations et de 64 pays d’Afrique, Asie, Amérique, et de l’Europe, pendant 4 jours en deux langues (anglais et français). La cérémonie d’ouverture a été présidée par le Premier minister de Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Daniel Kaplan Duncan. Son Excellence le Ministre d’Etat James Dengchol Tot, Ministre de l’Eau, Irrigation et Electricité en Ethiopie, ainsi qu’une délégation de AMCOW.
The Forum proceedings compiles all peer-reviewed materials. Separate downloads and links to the films can be found at: https://rwsn7.net/content/
Le documents sur les contributions du Forum rassemble tous les articles évalués. Pour les télécharger et visualiser les films, veuillez vous référer à https://rwsn7.net/content/
The RWSN Forum report gives an overview of the Forum programme and its organisation, including the highlights from the presentations, networking events, exhibition, media coverage and synthesis.
Le rapport du Forum donne un aperçu du programme du Forum et de son organisation, y compris les points forts des présentations, des évènements de réseautage, de l'expo, de la couverture médiatique et de la synthèse.
A Politically Enabled Public Private Partnership
Please note that a new Framework and Handbook for the State was published in March 2015 - see link below.
Northern Bahr el Ghazal faces a major challenge to ensure sustainable water services to rural and urban communities. In the past Unicef’s regular supply of spare parts helped to keep the number of broken down hand pumps to a relatively low level (officially around 10%). With no more free spare parts from Unicef the number of non functioning hand pumps could increase dramatically. This first framework provides a basis for turning a potential crisis into an opportunity. Its success will need a major shift in both policy and practice for operating and maintaining hand pumps and require state politicians and public services, private sector and community actors to each play their role.
Tanzania is entering a transition period; the rural water policy calls for decentralisation with legal ownership of RWSS facilities by communities, and for the private sector to become a major stakeholder. The institutional framework is favourable, but the decentralisation policy is new, and district institutions lack capacity and experience. Building capacity in the districts and the private sector is needed to allow all partners to assume their new roles. The Learning and Innovation Loan serves as a learning ground to investigate how to gradually change the government‟s role to that of a facilitator and to integrate private sector suppliers for the provision of goods and services.
Promoting sustainable operation and maintenance of rural water and sanitation facilities in Zambia. An Artisan Association is a formal association of masons and APMs whose primary role is WASHE service provision at a local level in their catchment area. Existing masons and APMs in UNICEF-supported districts have been encouraged and mobilized to establish associations by the D-WASHEs in their districts.