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One hundred 'HowTo' guides for aid workers are being added to online technical Q&A forum KnowlegePoint by carefully selected experts.

KnowledgePoint was set-up by RedR UKWaterAid UKPractical Action and IRC in 2012 with the support of Elhra's Humanitarian Innovation Fund.

The ‘HowTo’ series offers aid workers practical tips to solve key problems across 11 thematic areas, including water engineering, logistics, health and cash programming. 

Among those contributing expertise on sanitation is NGO BORDA

Each contributors is being asked to draw upon their experience working in the field to write clear and concise guides to some of the toughest challenges they have faced. 

Here are a two favourite examples in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

How do you design a rainwater harvesting system?

"Rainwater collection is often a good option in areas with regular rainfall and where traditional water sources (i.e. groundwater, surface water) are not available or contaminated. The following 'how to' guide comes from my experience implementing Rain Water Harvesting Systems (RWHS) in the Solomon Islands, where many coastal communities don't have others options for water supply..."

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Contributor: William Berbon

 ROM Mobile Desludging Unit in Malawi. Photo: ROM bv, The Netherlands

What devices are available to empty out hard-to-reach latrines containing difficult sludge?

"The emptying and transportation of sludge from pit latrines in hard to reach areas is a common dilemma as narrow pathways or other obstacles make access by larger sludge emptying vehicles impossible. There are now a few motorized vehicles or machines that have been developed for densely populated areas with difficult or limited access."

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Contributor: BORDA Bremen

The 'go-to' place for technical advice

Since launch in 2012, KnowledgePoint has gained 1157 registered users, more than 150 technical experts and an encyclopaedic bank more than 900 questions and answers.

The 'How To' series - part of a transformation project supported by Elhra's Humanitarian Innovation Fund - will see the bank of Q&As grow to more than one thousand.
These guides aim to bolster KnowledgePoint as the go-to place for reliable and accessible technical advice for humanitarian and development workers worldwide.

KnowledgePoint is supported by Elrha's Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) programme, a grant-making facility supporting organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

The HIF programme is funded by the UK Government and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

Visit www.elrha.org for more information about Elrha's work to improve humanitarian outcomes through research, innovation and partnership.

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