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Published on: 16/01/2014

WASHTech: strengthening sector capacity to make effective investment in new technologies, make WASH technology investments last and provide sustainable services for all

WASHTech aimed to strengthen sector capacity to make effective investment in new and innovative WASH technologies, through research and development of a framework which assesses their applicability and potential sustainability risks. From 2011-2013 IRC led the consortium of national and international research partners.

WASHTech led to the development of:

Technology Applicability Framework (TAF): a tool that helps to evaluate the applicability, scalability and sustainability of a specific WASH technology in a specific context and to gauge the readiness for its introduction.
The TAF can be used to:

  • Support discussions and information sharing on WASH technologies and approaches to scaling up;
  • Assess the potential of a specific technology with respect to applicability, scalability, sustainability and uptake in a specific context;
  • Assess readiness of a sector to scale up a specific technology including identification of potential measures for improving uptake; and
  • Monitor performance of a technology and its introduction process.

Guidance on the Technology Introduction Process (TIP): a tool that provides guidance on how to successfully introduce a new technology. The TIP outlines the possible actors involved and key tasks for each phase of the process. For each application, the generic tasks need to be adapted to country-specific conditions. The TIP also provides guidance on institutional set-up and funding for technology introduction process and its follow up.

The tools and other project outputs are freely available to sector players through the washtechnologies website, hosted by RWSN.

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