Published on: 09/06/2016
Long considered a symbol of development aid, up to 40% of handpumps in sub-Saharan Africa are broken at any one time.
"The method whereby agencies go in and just put boreholes in without the necessary support structures has to end," says Casey. A coalition of NGOs – including WaterAid, IRC and Water for People – are working towards the Agenda for Change, a plan to transform how rural water supplies are provided. "It's about working with national systems, supporting where changes or adjustments to those systems need to be made, and really pushing to get these sustainable water supply services in place," says Casey. "There's a momentum gathering and we'd like more NGOs to come onboard with the principles."
Published in The Guardian on 22 March 2016.