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Water NGOs are leading the way in promoting new monitoring tools. A Child’s Right has launched an online monitoring system called Proving It and FLOW, a mobile phone tool developed by Water For People, is being widely used in West …

Water NGOs are leading the way in promoting new monitoring tools. A Child’s Right has launched an online monitoring system called Proving It and FLOW, a mobile phone tool developed by Water For People, is being widely used in West Africa.

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A Child’s Right installs clean water systems in orphanages, schools and children’s hospitals in urban areas in the developing world. In October 2011, the NGO launched Proving It, a web site that tracks the status of all its projects, from inception to installation and then routinely thereafter. A Child’s Right is not afraid to stick the label “failed” on projects when systems are no longer working, explaining what went wrong and what has been learned.

One year after its introduction Water For People’s monitoring tool FLOW (Field Level Operations Watch) has become so popular that the NGO is looking for another organisation to take care of technical support. One of the candidates is the Amsterdam-based NGO AKVO.

The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) has used FLOW to map 7,400 water points in Liberia [1]. In July 2011, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation granted US$ 500,000 to Water For People and the African Regional Centre for Drinking Water and Sanitation (CREPA) to use FLOW to assess the functionality of 1,500 wells co-funded by the Foundation in West Africa [2].

 

[1] New Mobile Technology Helps Liberia Map Rural Water Points, Informs Strategy, WSP, 22 Jun 2011

[2] Amelia Gingold and Marissa Feinberg, Water For People receives grant from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Water For People, 08 Jul 2011

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Source: Alex Goldmark, GOOD, 01 Nov 2011