• Written by Emily Armanetti
    11 December 2012

Akvo FLOW is being used by teams of people in some of the most complex and interesting international development environments around the world. Here’s a round up of some highlights right now:

Photo above: Akvo FLOW training in progress. Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 3 October 2012 (Amitangshu Acharya)

WSP (World Bank) – Following 14 years of civil war, the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) teamed up with the Ministry of Public Works to map 10,000 water points in Liberia using Akvo FLOW. The data that was collected was used to make decisions about where investments were needed and to plan water supply and sanitation resources. This data has been used by a range of institutions – from Government to civil society – and has been used to galvanise policy change in the water sector. For a presentation about how this happened, watch this talk by Abdul Hafiz Koroma, from our October 2012 Akvo Track Day.

WSA (Water and Sanitation for Africa) – Funded by a grant from the Hilton Foundation, Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) is using Akvo FLOW to assess the functionality of 1,500 wells in West Africa and to develop long-term sustainability guidelines for current and future projects. This will help provide safe water supplies to communities in West Africa but will also, ultimately, further West African and water development progress toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water.

IRC, Ghana – Sustainability has increasingly become a key driver in monitoring development aid and the International Water and Sanitation Centre has launched Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S), a six-year multi-country initiative specifically designed to move from stand-alone implementations of water systems to sustainable rural water services. Ghana is one of the pilot countries for the initiative, where the IRC is working with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency to collect baseline data on functionality and sustainability of more than 230 water facilities using Akvo FLOW.

IRC, Burkina Faso – Through the Triple-S initiative, IRC is also using FLOW to monitor water service delivery models in a more efficient way in eight rural communities in Burkina Faso, including the actual use of formal water points by households.

Water for People, Bolivia – Water for People initiated the development of FLOW to improve accountability and transparency in development aid projects, and has used it as a monitoring tool across programmes in 10 countries around the world, including Bolivia. Working with Water for People, Cuchumuela became the first municipality in Bolivia to achieve 100 percent water coverage. Here, Water for People helped construct the first water system in one community, but also implemented an annual sustainability-monitoring programme using FLOW. At the onset of this programme, some communities had no water. Today, all 2,000 inhabitants of Cuchumuela have water and the programme remains sustainable. This is the measurable progress and sustainability that monitoring brings to development aid.

Water for People, Rwanda – In Rwanda, Water for People has partnered with the Rwandan government on an initiative to provide 100 percent full water coverage for the Rulindo district by the end of 2014. This will mean safe water for 285,000 in 494 villages. As they work toward this goal, Akvo FLOW will give a view to which water and sanitation systems are working, which are in disrepair and which are broken.

Football for Water – Akvo FLOW is being used for Project Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) for Football for Water and was recently used to complete a baseline survey of 25 schools in the first Kenyan pilot district Kisumu. Football for WASH is a Public Private Partnership that will bring drinking water and sanitation facilities to 1,100 schools in Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique over the next four years. The programme also sees members of the Dutch Soccer Union’s WorldCoaches network provide education about hygiene and handwashing to some 700,000 children, during football training in these countries.

As we roll out the next version of Akvo FLOW, I am looking forward to showing more great examples of how this is being used to bring greater transparency in development aid.

For more info, see Introducing Akvo FLOW.

Emily Armanetti is a communications manager at Akvo, based in New York City.

Related reading: Examples of Akvo RSR in action (September 2012).