Introducing and scaling up sustainable water and sanitation technologies

On December 11th IRC organised a webinar called ‘Introducing and scaling up sustainable water and sanitation technologies’. It focused on the current status of two tools developed by the WASHTech project, and introduced webinar participants to the new website providing access to these tools and many other resources. Access the webinar recording here

Webinar outline

The webinar was structured as follows:

  • Welcome and introduction, by Jo Smet, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
  • ‘From WASH technologies to innovation and lasting services’ by André Olschewski, Skat Foundation
  • ‘The development of TAF in Ghana’ by Benedict Tuffuor, TREND, Ghana
  • ‘Uganda Technology Introduction Process- TIP‘ by Paul Kimera, ATC Uganda
  • Application in Nicaragua and Tanzania and beyond, by Vincent Casey, Wateraid UK (no presentation).
  • Q&A
  • ‘An introduction to the online resource base http://washtechnologies.net by Sean Furey, Skat Foundation
  • How can you use these tools and resources, followed by Q&A
  • Closing

Presentations

The presentation by André Olschewski of Skat Foundation gave a brief introduction to the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) and the the Technology Introduction Process (TIP).

Benedict Tuffuor of TREND Ghana described the process of TAF testing on 7 technologies already in use, feedback from sector stakeholders on the TAF and steps ahead in further institutionalising the tool in the country.

Paul Kimera of the Appropriate Technology Centre for Water and Sanitation (ATC) in Uganda, detailed how the Technology Introduction Process has been formulated in Uganda.

Vincent Casey explained that Water Aid has already supported use of the TAF in Tanzania and Nicaragua and is planning to apply it in three other countries after the project ends. Wateraid has translated the TAF Manual into Spanish so that it could be easily applied in Nicaragua.

Tools sparked a lot of interest and many questions

110 people registered for the webinar, of which 55 people actually participated. The majority of the webinar participants were from Europe and Africa. Webinar participamnts were encouraged to join the online community, apply the TAF and TIP and share their experiences. Already, 19 case studies of technologies tested with TAF are available on the new website. We hope many more will follow!

Follow up

Given time constraints, the presenters were not able to answer all the questions asked during the webinar. Download a full report of questions and answers here: WASHTech webinar Q&A 11 dec 2013.

To allow more people to learn about the tools, another webinar will be hosted by Engineering for Change on January 21st 2014.

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December 11, 2013 Webinar – Introducing and scaling up sustainable water and sanitation technologies

TAF website logo v3The WASHTech Consortium is organising a webinar to introduce the WASHTech’s tools and launch the online resource base

Wednesday 11 December, 12.30-13.30 pm CET

Register here

Background

This webinar introduces two new tools that will help to select water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) technologies that keep working. The first, the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF), has been extensively tested and is now available on www.washtechnologies.net. A second, complementary tool, the Technology Introduction Process (TIP) provides guidance on the roles and activities needed for successful scaling up of technologies.

The TAF manual, questionnaires, Technology Introduction Process guidelines and other key publications are provided as public domain and can be accessed through www.washtechnologies.net. This resource base also provides a platform for sharing experiences on the application of the TAF after completion of the WASHTech project in December 2013.

Programme

  • Evolution of key tools-  the Technology Applicability Framework and the Technology Introduction Process- feedback and uptake so far (inputs from the WASHTech country coordinators in Ghana, Uganda and Burkina Faso)
  • Q&A
  • Introduction to WASHTech’s online resource base http://www.washtechnologies.net highlighting tools, publications, the forum, videos and tutorials
  • Join the online community and apply the TAF and TIP.  What can you do with these tools and publications?
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WASHTech Burkina Faso : The final sprint has begun!

A few months remain before the end of the WASHTech project in Burkina Faso. The project team composed of the Burkina Faso Offices of Intergovernmental Panafrican agency Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) of Water-Aid and IRC, steps on the accelerator to finalize the remaining activities before the end of the project in December 2013.

Among the key activities at the end of the project, there’s the organization of a national training workshop for actors in the WASH sector that will be driven by the the Department of Studies and Information one Water (DEIE). The objective of this workshop is to present the achievements of the project including tools Technology Assessment Framework (TAF) Technology Introduction Process (TIP) and strengthen their capacity to use these tools. The impacts of the project in Burkina Faso after three years of implementation will be presented. This national workshop is scheduled to take place in November 2013. Before this national workshop, the capacity of the staff of the DEIE will be strengthened with the use of TAF and TIP tools so that they can ensure their host institution roles of these tools at the end of the project. In the process, key documents and products of the project are being translated into French for publication online and made available to partners and stakeholders. Also, stories of changes related to the implementation of the project will be collected to determine the actual impact of the project on stakeholders in Burkina Faso. The stories will be collected from local NGOs, decentralized state institutions in charge of water and sanitation, the relevant departments in the Ministry in charge of water and sanitation, research institutions, etc.

What about the TAF after WASHTech ?

One of the major concerns for the entire project is what will happen to TAF and TIP tools at the end of the project. The team of Burkina Faso is examined for several months. It met in a workshop last June in the premises of Water-Aid/Burkina to identify the structure that will house the tools. After the meeting, the Department of Studies and Information one Water (DEIE) was chosen to be the host institution. This choice was logical. Indeed, DEIE is a specialized management of the Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau (DGRE) of the Ministry of Water of Burkina Faso. It therefore has all the assets needed to manage and apply these tools at the national level for receiving the approval of the country. For this choice, the WashTech team worked to engage the DEIE into project activities by accompanying, with the authorization of the government, the project stakeholders in Uganda to the global meeting of all project stakeholders. Also exchanges are opened for the signing of a framework of long-term partnership between WSA (which represents the other partners) and DEIE for use, promotion and popularization of the TAF tool. The memorandum was developed and is in the process of amendment at the DEIE. According to the program, this agreement should be signed by the end of october to give rise to the series of training that will be driven by all partners WSA, WaterAid and IRC.

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WASHTech Burkina Faso: Le sprint final est amorcé!

Plus que quelques mois et le projet WASHTech prendra fin au Burkina. Dans cette perspective, l’équipe du projet au Burkina Faso composé des Bureaux Burkina Faso de l’agence panafricaine intergouvernementale Eau et Assainissement pour l’Afrique (EAA), de Water-Aid et de IRC, met un coup d’accélérateur aux activités restantes avant la fin du projet en Décembre 2013.

Parmi les activités phares prévues en cette fin du projet, il y’a l’organisation d’un atelier national de formation des acteurs intervenant dans le domaine WASH qui sera piloté par la Direction des Etudes et de l’Information sur l’Eau (DEIE). L’objectif de cet atelier sera de présenter les acquis du projet notamment les outils Technology Assessment Framework (TAF) et Technology Introduction Process (TIP) et de renforcer leurs capacités à l’utilisation de ces deux outils. Les impacts du projet au Burkina Faso après trois années de mise en œuvre seront présentés. Cet atelier national se tiendra courant Novembre 2013. Avant cet atelier national, les capacités du staff de la DEIE seront renforcées à l’utilisation des outils TAF et TIP afin qu’ils puissent assurer leurs rôles d’institution hôte de ces deux outils à la fin du projet. Dans la foulée, les documents et produits clés du projet sont en train d’être traduits en français pour une publication en ligne et une mise à disposition auprès des partenaires et acteurs du secteur. Aussi, les histoires de changements liés à la mise en œuvre du projet seront collectées en vue de déterminer les impacts réels du projet sur les acteurs du secteur au Burkina Faso. Les histoires seront collectées auprès des ONG locales, des institutions déconcentrées de l’Etat en charge de l’eau et de l’assainissement, les départements pertinents auprès du Ministère en charge de l’eau et de l’assainissement, les institutions de recherche, etc.

Le TAF après WASHTech?

L’une des préoccupations majeures pour l’ensemble du projet est le sort qui sera réservé aux outils TAF et TIP à la fin du projet. L’équipe du Burkina Faso s’y est penchée depuis quelques mois déjà La Direction des Etudes et de l’Information du l’Eau (DEIE) a été choisie pour être l’institution hôte qui abritera le TAF et le TIP à la fin du projet. Ce choix n’a pas été fortuit. En effet, la DEIE est une direction spécialisée de la Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau (DGRE) du Ministère de l’Eau, des Aménagements Hydrauliques et de l’Assainissement. Elle dispose donc de tous les atouts nécessaires pour gérer et faire appliquer ces outils au plan national car bénéficiant de l’approbation des autorités du pays. Depuis ce choix, l’équipe de WASHTech a travaillé à faire participer la DEIE aux activités du projet en accompagnant, sur autorisation du gouvernement, les acteurs du projet en Ouganda à la rencontre mondiale de tous les acteurs du projet. En outre des échanges sont entamés pour la signature d’un cadre de partenariat à long terme entre EAA (qui représente les autres partenaires) et la DEIE pour l’utilisation, la promotion et la vulgarisation de l’outil TAF. La convention a été élaborée et est en phase d’amendement au niveau de la DEIE. Selon le programme, cette convention devrait être signée d’ici à la fin du mois d’octobre pour donner lieu à une série de formations pilotées par l’ensembles des partenaires que sont EAA, WaterAid et IRC, pour familiariser cette institution au langage de l’outil.

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TAF addresses the challenge of technology in WASH (video)

The WASHTech video is here! It illustrates the challenge of technology in WASH and how the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) provides a systematic and participatory way of assessing and adopting technology innovation at scale, for services that last. The video using animations and interviews with WASHTech project staff from Ghana.

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New website gives the sector access to TAF

WASHTech websiteWASHTech is proud to present a new website that will make all WASHTech tools and publications available to sector actors and provide a platform for sharing experience on using the tools.

washtechnologies.net provides access to the TAF manual, questionnaires and background material. The questionnaires are Word documents, enabling users to contextualize the documents according to their needs. 

The website will have a platform for sharing experiences on the application of the TAF after completion of the WASHTech project in December this year. New outputs such as the Technology Introduction Process guide will be uploaded on the website in the website in the coming weeks. The website is hosted by RWSN 

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WashTech side event at UNC Water & Health conference 2013

Over 750 million and 1 billion people lack access to improved water sources and adequate sanitation, respectively. There have been numerous efforts to reduce this number by scaling up WaSH technologies; however, these scale-up approaches have not always been successful. It is critical that new approaches to scaling up WaSH technologies are explored and the applicability of a given technology in a specific context is systematically reviewed.

A workshop “New Approaches to Scaling Up WaSH Technologies” was organised at this year’s University of North Carolina’s Water and Health conference to introduce novel approaches to scaling up WaSH technologies. One of these approaches is the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF).

41 delegates attended the workshop, which included presentations from Skat Foundation about the TAF and TIP (Technology Introduction Process), Water Missions international, Water4, World Vision, Messiah College and Design Outreach on their experiences of introducing solar water pumping, prepayment water vending, manual drilling, a pvc handpump, improvements to the India Mark II and a new heavy duty handpump for very deep wells (down to 150m).

‘Context is key’

The most important takeaway messages from the session were: before technologies are introduced context needs to be taken into account and different stakeholder perspectives should be reflected on before deciding on a technology.

Discussions continue

There was a lot of enthusiasm for the TAF and the washtechnologies.net website, which makes all WASHTech tools and documents available to sector actors and provides a platform for sharing experience on using the tools.

On Tuesday 22nd October, an explanation of TAF featured heavily in a lunchtime presentation, organised by WASH Advocates in Washington DC, given to a group of 19 professionals from a wide range of organisations, including USAID, Plan International, the Millennium Water Alliance, Rotary WASRAG, Johns Hopkins University and World Vision.  The TAF was also discussed in other bi-lateral meetings with Water Missions International, Charity:Water and Unicef.

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