Training the local private sector in
Simple, Market based, Affordable, and Repairable Technologies

The SMART Centre Group

Currently there are 4 running SMART Centres (Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) and 1 SMART Centre in establishment (Ethiopia). Within the SMART Centre group, the Centres exchange knowledge and experiences and create leverage. They are coordinated by MetaMeta and supported by NGOs including Aqua for All and the SKAT Foundation.

To become a member of the SMART Centre Group, conditions apply;

Quality in technologies
Most SMARTechs are simple but a hard lesson learned is; “Simple is not easy”. Details are important. Products disseminated via a SMART Centre need to be technically sound and approved by the SMART Centre Group.

Quality in training and management
Manuals for and trainers in production, installation etc. should be of good quality. Good management is essential and a SMART Centre should generate income and become self sustaining.

A SMART Centre cooperates with a local partner in each country, agrees with the vision and mission of the SMART Centre Group and cooperates with the other members.



Cooperation with CAWST!

  After meeting at the Stockholm Water Week, the SMART Centre Group and the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) in Canada decided to join forces. The first step was writing a position blog note on the need for capacity building and learning in the WASH sector. You can check it out here!

SMART Centres meeting in Malawi

From the 12th to the 16th of March all the SMART Centre as well as SCG organisations Aqua for All, MetaMeta and SKAT will come together in Mzuzu, Malawi. The aim of the meeting is to reflect on the past two years, share lessons learned and set out short and long term goals for the group as a whole. It will also provide a unique opportunity for new SMART Centres to learn from more established SMART Centres and to see the CCAP SMART Centre in Mzuzu in action.

CAWST and SCG joint blog

The SMART Centre Group and CAWST have joined hands in writing up key lessons on training and capacity building through local WASH centres of expertise. We foresee this to be the start of a long term cooperation endeavour between the two organisations. Read the whole article here.

Interested to support or join?