Aguaconsult Joins the HEART Consortia to Provide DfID with Rapid, Multi-Sectoral Support

In November 2016 Aguaconsult joined the HEART consortia, which provides DfID with on-demand rapid, quality technical assistance for their programmes around the world. This framework contract is part of the ‘Expert Advice Call Down Service’ (EACDS). The consortia responds to requests for programmatic support from time-pressured DfID advisors at HQ or any of the country offices, fielding expert and often multi-disciplinary teams.

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Evidence-Based Policy and Decision Support Tool

Aguaconsult teamed up with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) who in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), the Korean Environment Corporation (KECO) and the Ministry of Environment, Republic of South Korea (MOE), was working to enable an evidence-based approach to water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) policy and decision-making.  This project was designed with the outcome of a Policy and Decision Support System (SDG-PSS) that Government stakeholders can use to create a national-level evidence base, and to effectively collaborate through this Framework on the water-related issues of the 2030 Agenda. The anticipated final impact of the project is more comprehensive and effective evidence-based policy- and decision-making on water-related SDGs, which can lead to accelerated success in the achievement of the SDG targets related to water.

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Retrospective Currency Calculator

screenshot deflator tool Understanding the costs of basic services isn't as straight forward as searching on Amazon or Alibaba.  Benchmarks maybe be difficult to find or may not exist at all, and therefore it may be necessary to review historical expenditures to get an understanding of what you can expect to spend now, or in the future.  Using historical expenditures for planning present or future expenditures requires making adjustments for inflation, or in some cases if data isn't available in one country it may be necessary to convert currencies.

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From Boda Boda to farming via water and sanitation: what role for credit?

  Boda Boda photo   *An encounter in Dar Es Salaam has Goufrane reflecting on the potential role financial services can have to increase equal opportunities in Tanzania. * Sitting in the back of a taxi en route to the airport I listen to Joseph, the driver, as he tells me his story and his plans for the future. Joseph left his native town, Arusha, to come to Dar Es Salaam to find a job.

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Reflections from China

*How China is blurring the lines between rural and urban service delivery. * Last month I was in China to look at how the country is organizing the delivery of rural water services. This involved visiting two separate provinces, Zhejiang and Shaanxi, talking to governments at provincial level (but bearing in mind each one has a population of some 50 or 55 million people!), district and township government, utilities and community-managed schemes and users.

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Reflections on Kampala WASH Symposium

Julia helped to design the agenda, facilitate and lead plenary sessions, here she provides some reflections on the latest symposium: Two hundred WASH professionals from five continents gathered in Kampala last week to talk about “whole of system approach”, “system change” and how to be part of it. The first symposium co-organised by SUSANA and SustainableWASH. org, but more importantly the first time I hear so many people talking about a broader system they are part of rather than organisations promoting individual projects.

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Agenda For Change initiative

What is the Agenda For Change, or A4C? The period spanning the Millennium Development Goals that ended in 2015 brought important momentum and focus on the sector and, at least superficially, impressive progress in water supply; for example since 1990, the number of countries with less than 50% coverage of improved drinking water has decreased from 23 to 3. However, when we dig deeper the picture looks much less positive and many countries still face a major struggle to deliver continuous, even basic levels of services to everyone all the time. As well as this failure in sustaining water services, one in ten people globally still lack even first time access to improved drinking water sources; that is around 663 million of us.

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Local Government Capacity Programme- South Sudan

Through IRC Consult, Rene van René van Lieshout (IRC) and Ryan Schweitzer (Aguaconsult) are supporting VNG International in the implementation of the Local Government Capacity Programme (LGCP 2012-2016).   With financing from the Dutch Ministry of Financial Affairs, the LGCP programme aims to develop the capacity of local governments and local government associations in nine countries, including South Sudan where LGCP is supporting state and local government capacities in decentralization of WASH service delivery.   Together with VNG International, IRC Consult is developing and testing cost recovery mechanisms and community management systems to ensure reliable functionality of rural water supply systems.

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