Peter Boonman, director of fundraising at Pump Aid, spoke to Akvo’s Jo Pratt about his organisation’s experiences of using Akvo Really Simple Reporting (RSR) to make projects visible online. Pump Aid is a water and sanitation organisation that tackles poverty by working with local communities in southern Africa.

The interview treads into some interesting areas. Right now Peter sees Akvo RSR as primarily as a fundraising rather than a reporting tool and has encountered some challenges in making it a core part of Pump Aid’s communication processes. Using Akvo RSR as a reporting tool adds another layer to already complex reporting requirements and the fact that it is really simple in fact means it doesn’t map onto some funders’ information requirements. As field locations become more connected to the world, he reflects on the likelihood that the skills of field-based workers need to change, with more local and regional communications layers involved.

Pump Aid, Southwark, London. Thursday 1 September 2011.

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