Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Tool Prototype Generates Excitement
Development of New Tool to Connect Communities with Appropriate Solutions
The demonstration of the mock-up of a new tool to connect communities dealing with water and sanitation problems to appropriate technologies and solutions was met with tremendous excitement at the West Africa Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Symposium. Pacific Institute International Water and Communities Initiative Director Meena Palaniappan and Research Associate Misha Hutchings travelled to Accra, Ghana in November to get feedback on the development of the tool from the hundred-plus government, NGO, and community members from throughout West Africa.
The ultimate goal of this new Community Choices tool is to connect the people who are suffering from the lack of water and sanitation with technologies and approaches that help them improve their lives. It makes information easily accessible (both in format and language) to nonexpert users by asking a series of simple questions about their communities and, based on those answers, providing comprehensive information to build, maintain, and finance a set of appropriate solutions. In addition, the tool will provide information to connect the user to local experts and resources that can provide technical support and financing.
The goal of the mock-up is to be a target to obtain feedback on what is most needed in terms of substance, format, output, and dissemination of an ideal Community Choices tool. The overall development of the tool is envisioned to be a three-year, multi-regional, multi-organization global effort, and the tool will be built from the ground up and iteratively with local organizations. The development and strengthening of regional support centers to support community use of the tool is a critical part, as is translation into multiple languages and on-line as well as DVD-ROM and hard copy dissemination. For more information and background research on this effort click here.
If you are interested in reviewing the Community Choices tool demonstration and providing your input, please email Meena Palaniappan.