Published on: 10/12/2013
This video from the WASHTech project illustrates the challenges relating to sustainable services in WASH and how the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) provides a systematic and participatory way of assessing and adopting technology innovation at scale, for services that last.
A range of technology options can be used for delivering water supply, sanitation and hygiene services. There are many different types of pumps and ways of powering them, different latrines and hand washing facilities. But, across the developing world, broken down pumps, semi-functional piped schemes and abandoned latrines are all too common.
Many countries do not have policies or standards in place for assessment and introduction of new WASH technologies. This results in arbitrary (or politically motivated) adoption of technologies with a range of risks for sustainable services. WASHTech, a 3 year EU funded research project, has developed the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF), a systematic and participatory way of assessing and adopting technology innovation that effectively takes the poorest of the world a step closer to expanding their life choices and opportunities for development.