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Our partnerships with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina are critical to the work we do to innovate and implement ICT solutions for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. This week, we will participate in the 2015 Water and Health Conference, which takes place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is organized by the Water Institute at UNC.

At the conference, we will be meeting with partners and attending sessions, as well as presenting on Akvo tools during a WaSH monitoring, evaluation and learning side event, which takes place on Thursday:

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What: MEL – Collecting, Understanding and Sharing: Technology and Data for Improvement

When: 08:30 – 10:00 on Thursday, 29th October

Where: The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Room: Dogwood

Details: Convened by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and The Water Institute at UNC

Developed by a working group in consultation with leading development organizations, the Principles for Digital Development (http://digitalprinciples.org) are best practices to guide practitioners in international development in how to integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) into their programs. This side event will introduce the Principles for Digital Development as part of a discussion about the current tools and practices being used to collect, understand and share data in the WaSH sector. During the break, participants will be able to interact with live demonstrations of a selection of WaSH-oriented ICT products. The digital principles will then be used as a frame for an interactive design exercise, ultimately producing both a “wish list” to guide ICT developers moving forward, and a set of community insights on how the principles can be applied to and adapted for WaSH monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL).

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If you are attending the conference and would like to meet up, tweet me @hejewell or stop by the side event on Thursday morning. I’ll also be sharing highlights following the conference.

See below for a schedule of additional MEL-focused side events taking place throughout the week. You can also find the full program for the conference here
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Henry Jewell is manager, Akvo USA hub and executive director, Akvo Foundation USA. You can follow him on Twitter @hejewell.