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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!

JasminaCooperation with CAWST!
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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.

JasminaSMART Centres meeting in Malawi
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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.

JasminaCAWST and SCG joint blog
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Unique opportunity for initiators and entrepreneurial personalities!

International Course “Market-led SMARTechs for water and agriculture” in Mzuzu, Malawi from the 19th to the 23rd of March 2018. Apply now!

The SMART Centre Group and SNV are organising a course to provide policy makers and practitioners in water and agricultural management with a holistic set of knowledge and skills to take water and agricultural initiatives to the next level.

Participants of the course become true agents of change and accelerate reaching several SDGs simultaneously. Click here to download the course flyer and read how to apply.


JasminaUnique opportunity for initiators and entrepreneurial personalities!
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Training in manual drilling and hand pumps in Malawi

January 17, 2018. Starting from today, the CCAP SMART Centre in Mzuzu is organising a training on the ‘Mzuzu drill technology for a group entrepreneurs and technicians. This technology is suitable for wells of 10 to 20 meters deep for small communities as well as for Self-supply. Average costs range from 200 to 500 USD, including PVC casing and a handpump. The training also covers constructing various hand pumps and solutions for water harvesting and sanitation​. All technologies are fully made with locally available materials. More information or

lennekeTraining in manual drilling and hand pumps in Malawi
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Watch our new clip

Take a few minutes to have a look at our new video clip explaining the SMART Centre Approach

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SMART Centres in Stockholm

This year the SMART Centres will also be represented at the World Water Week

in Stockholm from the 27th of August until the 1st of September. You find us there at stand

no. 18 together with social enterprise Basic Water Needs, showcasing various SMARTechs, including the Tulip Water Filter. This is an effective and affordable filter for the Base of the Pyramid, produced in both Africa and Asia.  Please visit us at stand no.18 for demonstrations, a cup of safe water, material on various SMARTechs and explorations on how we can work together to

accelerate reaching the water related SDGs.

JasminaSMART Centres in Stockholm
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SMART Centres at WEDC

The SMART Centres were represented at the annual WEDC conference in the UK (24th to the 28th of July 2017) and had a stand together with Transform International. Presentations bij the SMART Centres on Self-supply included:

Other presentations on Self-supply were given by Dr. Sally Sutton and Dr. Peter Harvey. Both clearly indicated that (supported) Self-supply is essential to reach the SDG 6. The presentation of Peter Harvey showed that for Zambia, where a large part of the unserved live in communities of less than 250 people,  water access via family wells could be 6 times cheaper than using conventional communal water supply.  Compared to communal wells, Self-supply wells have advantages like convenience and more hygiene since water is near, and possibilities of food production for own use and sales to local markets. As presented at the RWSN conference in 2016 other advantages of family wells include the high ownership and the fact that families share water with others so Self-supply can become communal supply. A topic related to Self-supply is house water treatment. A successful programme on selling effective and affordable water filters in Tanzania was presented by Dr. Annemarieke Maltha of Basic Water Needs.

Many more papers, presentations and posters can be downloaded under Resources.

SMART Centres at WEDC 2017

Rik HaanenSMART Centres at WEDC
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