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Testing The Waters A qualitative comparative analysis of the factors affecting success in rendering water services sustainable based on ICT reporting

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Author: Welle K., Williams J., Pearce J., Befani B.
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher:
Institution: Water Aid, IRC

The potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services in improving service delivery is well recognised. In the water sector, there has been a growing interest in supporting the sustainability of services in recent years. The sector has also witnessed an increase in ICT initiatives, including those that aim to improve and sustain water services. While there are a number of reviews that document different water sector ICT initiatives, the existing literature does not systematically consider the individual initiatives’ success or failure. The objective of this research is therefore to better understand the factors that facilitate and inhibit the success of ICT-based reporting to improve rural water supply sustainability.

The Water Point Mapping Updating Methodology A Guide by WaterAid Tanzania

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Author: WaterAid
Year of Publishing: 2014
Publisher: WaterAid
Institution:

Accurate information on water points is critical in order to provide sufficient data for planning and budgeting. Clarity of data means that it can be used to identify priority areas for investment as well as ensuring sustainability of existing water point infrastructure. However, data needs to be kept up to data if it is to be useful.

The main purpose of this guide is to outline the basics of the updating process in an attempt to address the challenges associated with water point mapping process and allow the methodology to be replicated. The tool is a paper-based approach that follows the Government of Tanzania’s usual reporting hierarchy.

This guide reflects WaterAid Tanzania’s experience in pioneering Water Point Mapping updating in Tanzania. WaterAid has built up a reputation as an expert on WPM and has accumulated considerable experience through its involvement in a range of different mapping activities in East Africa and elsewhere.

Case Study in Venkatapuram, Khammam District, India

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Author: Vinnapanssa
Year of Publishing: 2011
Publisher:
Institution:

National Monitoring of Rural Water Supplies How the Government of Uganda did it and lessons for other countries

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Author: SSOZI, D. and DANERT, K.
Year of Publishing: 2012
Publisher: RWSN
Institution:

Imagine a transparent process that brings together all the work that is taking place in the country. Imagine a mechanism that can show promising approaches and identify gaps. Imagine a report that consolidates the status, investment, progress and challenges on rural water supplies for an entire country. This is what the Government of Uganda has achieved over a ten-year period.

Having been involved in Water and Environment sector performance measurement from its inception in 2003 up to today, the authors of this publication describe the lessons learned and challenges, setting out five principles and ten golden rules for others who want to establish such a process.

Institutionalizing monitoring of rural water services in Latin America Lessons from El Salvador, Honduras and Paraguay

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Author: Smits S., Uytewaal E., Sturzenegger G.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher:
Institution: IDB

In the last two years, various countries in Latin America have begun monitoring rural water supply service delivery, largely driven by two objectives: 1) to establish rural water inventories for investment planning, and 2) to better target post-construction support. For such monitoring systems not to face sustainability challenges, clear insti- tutional and nancial arrangements must be established. The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AE- CID) have been supporting the design and implementation of such monitoring systems in El Salvador, Honduras and Paraguay. In coordination with local sector agencies, a methodology to de ne an institutional framework for monitoring was developed and tested. This paper provides an overview of the approach, including examples and cost estimates from the three countries.

Handpump Data 2009 (ARCHIVE - SEE UPDATE) Selected Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Author: RWSN
Year of Publishing: 2009
Publisher: RWSN
Institution:

Handpump data for selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (2007) Data for: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

FOR CITATION PURPOSES, THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY:

Banks, B. & S. G. Furey (2016) What’s Working, Where, and for How Long. A 2016 Water Point Update to the RWSN (2009) statistics, GWC/Skat , RWSN, St. Gallen, Switzerland

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RWSN Strategy 2015 - 2017

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Author: RWSN
Year of Publishing: 2014
Publisher:
Institution:

This Strategy sets the direction of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) for the next three years. It explains what we are trying to achieve, how, why and who. The four themes from the previous strategy will continue, with some changes of focus, and "Mapping & Monitoring" becomes a cross-cutting topic.

This is not the definitive final version so may be subject to change over the next few weeks or months.

Rural Water Supply Network - Annual Report 2016 Enabling practitioners, professionals and ultimately water users to make informed decisions on how to improve and maintain access to safe water in rural areas.

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Author: RWSN
Year of Publishing: 2017
Publisher: Skat Foundtion
Institution: Rural Water Supply Network

The focus for the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) in 2016 was preparing for, and managing the 7th RWSN Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 29th November to 2nd December with the title “Water for Everyone”. This was the first RWSN Forum to take place in a francophone country in the 25 years since the creation of the network.

Throughout 2016 specific in-country activities included a short-course on Procurement, Contract Management and Costing and Pricing in Zambia and a participative analysis of Manual Drilling in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Workshops organized by the World Bank in Bangkok and Lima on sustainable services drew together government agencies in both regions. Key lessons from both events fed into the RWSN Forum under the RWSN Theme “Sustainable Services”.

RWSN continued to work on strengthening the links between research and practice on groundwater by disseminating the outputs from UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) research to the RWSN membership as well as fostering direct linkages between groundwater experts and water supply professionals.

FROM DATA TO DECISION-MAKING: Concept for e-discussion Jan/Feb 2013

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Author: PEARCE, J. and DANERT K.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: RWSN
Institution:

This structured e-discussion will enable participants to reflect on the discussions to-date, and move on to share experiences and ideas on the way in which information obtained through mapping is actually used.

Cette e-discussion structurée permettra aux participants de réfléchir sur les discussions actuelles et d’évoluer pour partager les expériences et les idées sur la façon avec laquelle les informations obtenues à travers la cartographie sont effectivement utilisées.

RWSN Water Point Mapping Group A Synthesis of Experiences and Lessons discussed in 2012

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Author: PEARCE, J. and C. HOWMAN
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: RWSN
Institution:

The Rural Water Supply (RWSN) Dgroup for Water Point Mapping has enjoyed lively discussion since its launch in August 2012. Although mapping is still in its pilot-phase in many countries, WASH programmes and projects are increasingly using mapping as a tool to support their work. This report synthesises the online discussions that took place in 2012, highlighting the experiences and lessons learned.

A Synthesis of the 2013 RWSN Water Point Mapping Group e-discussion

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Author: PEARCE, J. and C. HOWMAN
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: WaterAid

A three week e-discussion was held on Dgroups discussing questions around water point mapping

Changing relationships: ICT to improve water governance World Water Week in Stockholm, Wednesday 4 September 2013

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Author: PEARCE, J.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher: WaterAid
Institution:

Information and communications technology (ICT) has transformed how people communicate. ICT is quickly changing relationships, facilitating the measurement and monitoring of interventions, and enabling practitioners at a local level to use evidence to guide decision making for the equitable and sustainable extension of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.
Despite this promising outlook, several challenges exist to use the full potential of ICT. Is there sufficient knowledge to apply the new technologies effectively? What has worked and how? Who has access to the information and are incentives in place for using information to improve services? What are the associated costs?
The seminar, ICT to improve water governance, provided a platform for discussion. Three sub-topics were presented. This briefing note summarises the key points.

Water Point Mapping: Indicators, pump functionality, accuracy of GPS, using and sharing data Synthesis of discussion and activities: May & June 2014

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Author: PEARCE, J.
Year of Publishing: 2014
Publisher: RWSN
Institution: WaterAid/IRC

The mapping topic was created in August 2012 and has rapidly established as a strong visible element of the rural water supply network. The main component of the mapping topic is the Dgroups platform, which enables members to discuss technical, policy and management issues around water point mapping, monitoring and reporting. Members share data, analysis, insight and knowledge from mapping activities including the indicators, approaches, methodologies, technologies, and mechanisms for sustaining inventories. The group works towards making data available and accessible to all stakeholders, developing the environment where data can be used to inform resource allocation and planning decisions, and monitoring the improvements in equitable and sustained access to rural water supply.

In May and June 2014 the mapping group discussed a range of issues and shared various country specific knowledge, data and research. Key discussions on measurable indicators, GPS accuracy, water point monitoring, pump functionality, and effectively using data are summarised below. Group members discussed the potentials and pitfalls of technologies to collect, update, and share data, and highlighted the importance of resilient processes in all areas of water point mapping and updating data. Members raised the necessity of standardising indicators and better using and sharing data across the sector.

This synthesis aims to present points made in the group discussions and consolidate them within thematic areas, but does not seek to draw conclusions from the content.

A Decade of WPM RWSN: Mapping and Monitoring

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Author: Pearce, J, E. Greggio, and E. Stephens
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
Institution:

The first webinar reviewed the development of WPM over the past decade, focusing on Malawi, the first country in which the practice was introduced. The key presenters provided dual perspectives of NGO and government actors, which demonstrated the varied methodologies for reporting water supply data, the extent to which data monitoring has impacted decision making and its role in extending equitable and sustainable service delivery. Presentations and discussion assessed the practice, policy, tools and technologies of monitoring and WPM, following its evolution and bringing to question whether WPM is currently a practical and sustainable solution given the reality of resources and government capacities.

Failure and the Future Water Point Mapping and Monitoring Series

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Author: Pearce, J, E. Greggio, and E. Stephens
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
Institution:

The fourth and final webinar in the RWSN Water Point Mapping series provided a candid account of the challenges with WPM that have led to failed objectives. There are, however, valuable lessons to be learned from those failures, and the experiences have provided useful models and contributed to improved knowledge and data banks. The webinar also discussed the future of WPM, including new models and initiatives to maximize the benefit of data monitoring and improve information accessibility and transparency.

District Monitoring Water Point Mapping and Monitoring Series

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Author: Pearce, J, E. Greggio, and E. Stephens
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
Institution:

This second webinar visited case studies of district monitoring experiences in Ethiopia, Bolivia and Ghana to review the methods, costs, challenges and lessons to be learned from each experience.

National Monitoring Water Point Mapping and Monitoring Series

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Author: Pearce, J, E. Greggio, and E. Stephens
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: RWSN
Institution:

This third webinar in the series explores the latest state-of-play in national level monitoring of rural water supply, which presentations also of country-led monitoring systems. In these systems, information is collected, analysed and used to inform decentralized resource allocation. Case studies of national monitoring models were reviewed to understand the approaches used in embedding the systems and processes required for maintaining accurate and timely rural water supply information. These case studies also demonstrate the impact monitoring has had on extending equitable and sustainable service delivery and provide key learning points.

Information and Communication Technologies for monitoring sustainable service delivery Keynote paper for Topic 4 of "Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium", 9 to 11 April 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Author: Pearce J., Welle K.
Year of Publishing: 2013
Publisher:
Institution: WA, ITAD, IRC

This keynote paper sets the scene for a three-day exploration of ICTs for monitoring sustainable WASH service delivery as part of a wider symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery, organised by IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC). The keynote situates ICT WASH innovations in the wider context of ICT and development. It explores the current trends and challenges related to monitoring the WASH-related MDGs, and then focuses on the specific role of ICTs in WASH monitoring. It presents current developments in ICT innovations within WASH monitoring and discusses major challenges identified in a recent e-discussion on Water Point Mapping (WPM) held in January-February 2013 (Pearce and Howman, 2013). A summary of lessons from challenges related to ICT innovations in health sector service delivery monitoring leads to the presentation of major topics within the ICT theme at the Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium.

Unlocking the Potential of Information Communications Technology to Improve Water and Sanitation Services WSP Report

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Author: NDAW, M. F.
Year of Publishing: 2015
Publisher: The World Bank
Institution: Water & Sanitation Program

This knowledge product is a summary of ndings from the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) Study “Unlocking the Potential of ICT Services in the Water and Sanitation Sector”. e study builds on and complements the World Bank’s Africa Regional Strategy (2011) as well as the World Bank Group’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy (2012). It further complements the E-Transform Africa series, a collaboration between the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the African Union, which captures the existing use of ICTs in six sectors (agriculture, climate change, education, health, nancial services, government) and two cross-cutting themes (regional trade and integration; ICT competitiveness).

Improving Equity of Service Delivery through Water Kiosk Mapping in Low Income Areas in Lilongwe, Malawi

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Author: Meke M.
Year of Publishing: 2011
Publisher:
Institution: WaterAid

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