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Self supply local produced boreholes and handpumps

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People buy their own hand pump and borehole after an initially sponsored program that funded:

  • Training of entrepreneurs in production and implementation.
  • Guiding of entrepreneurs.
  • Initial sponsoring of a limited number of products.
  • Monitoring quality and costs.
  • Capacitating entrepreneurs in marketing and or management.
  • Provide initial fund for micro-credit in rural areas.
  • Establish training centre to spread the experience.

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Professionalizing Manual Drilling in Africa

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Reducing the cost of boreholes four-fold would enable more wells to be drilled for the same investment. This can be achieved by developing professional manual drilling sector in Africa. Low-cost manual drilling has already demonstrated its effectiveness in Asia, Africa and Latin America as a means of increasing the availability of potable water. When there are substantial populations in areas with hydrogeology that is favorable for manual drilling, then the investment in developing a professionalized manual drilling sector is recommended.

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The tank revolving scheme; accelerating self supply in Mukono, Uganda

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In an effort to increase their access to clean safe water and supplement the government efforts, the rural women in Katosi under Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) started a rainwater-harvesting program using a revolving scheme, to allow as many people as possible have access to water at home through the revolving scheme.

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SMART Centres providing essential support services for mainstreaming WASH self supply in Africa

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Connect International together with other organizations will introduce ‘SMART Centres’ in 4 to 6 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. SMART Centres will provide the ‘essential support services’ needed to sustain and mainstream WASH self supply in the involved countries (e.g. advocacy, awareness creation, capacity building, help desk and emergency assistance to/among intermediate target groups, provision of management information software systems, start capital for finance institutes for low cost WASH self supply credits)

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WikiWater: an electronic guidebook dedicated to water capacity-building and self-access of poor communities

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Poor communities and people are very often able to get themselves access to water and sanitation if they have a sufficient knowledge of the most suitable, cheap and available technologies. But most of them and of their chiefs or representatives, and even many operators or institutions, have not presently the opportunity to know, to find and to obtain easily and free these specific practises and solutions for poor populations.

Les populations les plus démunies ont souvent la capacité d’avoir par eux-mêmes l’accès à l’eau et à l’assainissement si elles ont la connaissance des technologies disponibles les plus adaptées et les plus économiques. Mais la plupart d’entre elles et de leurs représentants, et même beaucoup d’opérateurs et d’institutions, n’ont pas actuellement l’opportunité de savoir, de trouver et d’obtenit facilement et sans frais les pratiques et solutions spécifiques aux populations les plus pauvres.

 

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