Improved technology leads to greater transparency
It's never as simple as just building a well
The model for development has evolved over the years. As technology improves, so does our ability to monitor completed projects.To truly change the outlook for an entire community, to ensure that as many people as possible can thrive because they have clean water and reliable sanitation, we need to monitor our project hardware and the health of the community.
As technology has improved, this has become easier.
In 2012 WaterAid started working with MWater, to share just some of our water point data. Since then we have uploaded the coordinates of a few of our water projects - a number in excess of 12,300 and growing.
The goal is 100% functioning clean water points, this is always the aim. Now thanks to products like MWater, amongst other initiatives, we have a far more robust understanding of what is working, and, most importantly, what is not.
This level of visibility is incredibly useful, it means local staff can commission repairs and restore service far more effectively. As we make a point of using locally-sourced equipment, replacement parts are usually
It's another useful data point as we strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all projects because beyond the technical problems and connectivity issues: at our core, we are working for those people that currently do not have access to clean water or sanitation facilities.
Did you know?
WaterAid has over 500 different metrics to measure how our projects improve life for a community. From reduced school absenteeism to improvements in maternal health rates, our teams collect quantitative and qualitative data to prove that safe water, toilets and hygiene work.