Dr. Alison Parker
On Wednesday, September 4th, Dr Alison Parker from Cranfield University will represent WASHTech at the ‘Ideas Market place’ at World Water Week 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.
At 1.40 PM, she will give a short talk about the Technology Applicability Framework and how WASHTech is engaging governmental agencies, development partners, NGOs, the private sector and research institutes in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Uganda.
Join her in the Exhibition Hall to find out more about the Technology Applicability Framework and how it can contribute to sustainable water and sanitation services.
Since 2011, WASHTech consortium partners have been engaging a range of sector professionals (from governmental agencies, development partners, NGOs, the private sector and research institutes) in the development and testing of the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) a participatory tool which helps to make informed decisions for most promising technologies and for strategic planning.
In addition to developing a robust framework and methodology for applying it, the project is in the final stages of producing guidelines on how to support the successful uptake of a promising innovative technology at district and national level in a Technology Introduction Process Guide (TIP).
Policy makers and local governments have been involved in developing and piloting the process and tools. A ‘host’ organisation has been found in each country, which will ensure that the TAF and TIP are applied beyond the duration and geographical scope of the project. These organisations have a formal role in technology validation and introduction processes in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda.
Read more about WASHTech in the 3-page article that was published in International Innovation. Read the full article “Validating water and sanitation innovations” International Innovation Journal p49-51, June 2013.
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Members of the National Sanitation Working Group (NSWG) have appreciated the value being added by the Technology Assessment Framework (TAF) to ensure sustainable use of sanitation technologies. Members mentioned that the gaps uncovered by the TAF on some of the sanitation technologies were relevant for further consultation on scaling these technologies especially the UDDT. A representative from GIZ Uganda informed the group that even though the TAF findings rated the UDDT as failed, in some parts of the country its rated as successful hence the reasons for its failure can also be addressed to make it successful. The NSWG meeting was held at Kampala City Council Authority head office on 13th August 2013 with the theme “Reviewing the definition of sanitation in Uganda”
A comment from the recently concluded Hand Pump Mechanics Association Learning Visit to Rwenzori region indicated the need for the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) to be tested on existing technologies in the region like the Manual drilling rig. This was raised after a presentation made by NETWAS Uganda at the learning journey about the progress of the TAF. The suggestion was later lauded by HEWASA, a local NGO promoting manual drilling in Rwenzori who indicated that in order to scale up their technology, there was need for recommendations from the TAF.
Simon Peter from NETWAS taking participants through the TAF
The HPMA learning visit was organized to provide learning for the social, economic and technical transformation of the HPMAs functionality in Northern Uganda. And to be able to use the knowledge acquired to improve sustainability of water supply systems in the region. This gathering attracted 40 participants from regions of North, West and Central.
How were community members engaged in the piloting of the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) for the rope pump in Ghana? This was one of the questions asked during the Webinar “Investing in effective technologies with the Technology Applicability Framework”, which was attended by 25 participants on 3 June 2013.
Benedict Tuffuor of TREND, who presented the rope pump case study, gave the following answer:
The community members were consulted in a participatory way during data collection, and some were involved in the local level validation workshop. User groups were involved in the data collection to understand their feedback on the use of the Rope Pump. May be not so much the processes but the opportunity to express their experiences with the technology, and hope that their concerns will be addressed.
The webinar was introduced and facilitated by IRC’s Jo Smet. André Olschewski of the Skat Foundation presented the TAF and the Technology Introduction Process (TIP), followed by Benedict Tuffuor’s rope pump case study and a discussion.
From 6-8 May, the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) stood out as the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies (WASHTech) Ghana project team participated in a market place exhibition at the West Africa Regional Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) Workshop held in Accra, under the theme, Scaling-up household water treatment and safe storage through national policy environments and integration strategies.
The Government of Ghana in collaboration with the World Health Organization and UNICEF organised the regional workshop for government officials from four West African countries (the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone) to discuss and strategize on developing more supportive policy and effective national strategies for scaling up HWTS.
The WASHTech poster exhibition titled, “Investing in Sustainable WASH Technologies”, showcased the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) concept; the TAF process; Interpretation of possible TAF results; and the concept of the Technology Introduction Process (TIP) with partner logos spread across the lower end. The stand attracted a lot of interest and questions from participants as their attention was regularly drawn to the stand during discussion sessions by the project team members represented by Ben Tuffour of TREND and Abu Wumbei of RCN.
Over the three-day period, the information sharing and discussions centered on country overviews, the challenges, solutions and tools to advance policy, practice and knowledge around HWTS. Participants were then divided into country teams and tasked to develop draft national action plans and share with the whole group. Among other things the Ghana team considered the TAF as a proposed tool for assessing and monitoring HWTS technologies. During the reporting back plenary session, Ben Tuffour was given the opportunity to respond to specific questions from the other country groups, on the TAF and its applicability to HWTS technologies.
The market place exhibition was a side event, which gave participants the opportunity to exhibit their technologies, innovations, frameworks, and new insights in poster-format, among others. The exhibitors included the Sanipath project led by Emory University and the Splash Project led by UNICEF among others. The exhibition stands caught the attention of most of the over 80 participants including government ministers, members of parliament and donor partners. As an added incentive, according to the HWTS network, WHO and UNICEF have offered post-workshop seed funding to government-led country teams to assist in moving forward with components of the respective national HWTS action plans.
Abu Wumbei/ RCN Ghana
In Uganda the water and sanitation sector is not short of new and emerging technologies, however, there is no clear process of technology Introduction, adoption and upscale. Noticeable is Minimal contribution to the Millennium Development Goals. A key constraint to reaching the sector targets therefore appears to be the lack of systems to assess the potential of a technology and take it to scale effectively.
The Water Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies (WASHtech) project seeks to address the problem through research to assess the potential and sustainability of a wide range of technologies and design strategies for scaling up.
WASHtech has in the past 2 years conducted a stakeholder Knowledge Attitude and Practice (KAP) study aimed at assessing WASH technology introduction and approval process in Uganda, conducted a review of WASH technologies on their appropriateness and suitability.
Last year the project finalized the process of developing a robust Technology Assessment Framework (TAF) which was taken through a testing/ piloting phase, and consequently refined to ensure it is a suitable assessment tool for WASH technologies. This year being the final year of the project, a manual (still in draft) to guide the development of country specific Guidelines for Technology Introduction has been developed.
In line with the above NETWAS Uganda, SKAT, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation through the Appropriate Technology Centre (ATC) are organizing a meeting to promote understanding of the TAF and GTI among WASH stakeholders. This will take place from the 13th June to 14th June 2013 at ATC, Mukono district.
The workshop is targeting local government staff, NGOs, private sector and the National Bureau of Standards.