Why Bother with Technologies?

June 24, 2013  |  by

Participants at the scoring workshop on U2 pump in Mukono, Uganda, November 2012. Credit: Andre Olschewski Why bother with WASH technologies? Current WASH discourse focuses on sustainable service delivery, monitoring, and governance. Many WASH technologies, such as the India Mark II handpump and the VIP latrine, were successfully adopted and have improved the lives of…

Using Technology to Increase Project Impact

December 17, 2012  |  by

How do you see technology scaling your Clean Water and Sanitation Program to provide more people in impoverished, rural areas with greater access to safe water and improved sanitation? A 5-year-old girl in Da Nang, Vietnam benefits from an East Meets West Foundation project, which is tracked and managed on Blue Planet Network’s platform. Credit:…

How Can SMS Texting Increase the Impact of Safe Drinking Water Programs?

October 1, 2012  |  by

One of Blue Planet Network’s founding members, Project Well, is an organization that brings safe drinking water to rural communities in an arsenic-affected district of West Bengal, India. Credit: Rudi Dundas SMS texting is today’s most widely used mobile data service, especially in some of the most rural and marginalized communities around the world. SMS traffic…

Making an Impact: Innovative Evaluation in WASH Education

July 2, 2012  |  by

Teachers in rural northern Uganda used mobile phones to complete follow-up surveys about the impact of WASH education. Credit: © Project WET Foundation The Lake Victoria Primary School (LVS) in Uganda offers an object lesson for anyone curious about the importance of WASH education. As part of a water provision project, gutters and downspouts were…

Unlocking WASH Knowledge and Know-How

May 7, 2012  |  by

What if there was a way for the WASH sector to unlock the hidden knowledge of sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation programs?  Blue Planet Network (BPN), an online global platform and network of 90+ WASH funders and implementing organizations, is designed to encourage collaboration, increase impact, and promote a cross-sector focus on project results…

Proving It: A Tool for Accountability, Learning, and Rigor

March 26, 2012  |  by

In recent years a voice has become increasingly audible within the WASH sector — a voice calling for honesty about failure, transparency in reporting, and sustainability of solutions. It didn’t emerge because failure swiftly became popular, but because failure appropriately became relevant. When water interventions fail, they fail people. While we can and do discuss…