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 www.smartcentremalawi.com or www.smartcentrezambia.com.

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

JasminaWatch our new clip
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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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SMART Centres at the Innovate for Water Event, Geneva

On behalf of the SMART Centre Group, Walter Mgina and Jasmina van Driel attended the Innovate for Water event (8th and 9th of June 2017). This was a matchmaking forum focusing on water, sanitation, entrepreneurship and sustainable investment. Day 1 was specifically geared to connecting entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial initiatives with (social impact) investors. Day 2 was an open forum, which provided an opportunity for meaningful interactions around Technologies, Business and Human Rights among water experts, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, NGOs and UN agencies. On both days the SMART Centre approach was pitched by Jasmina.

lennekeSMART Centres at the Innovate for Water Event, Geneva
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Demonstration of a new water filter produced in Malawi

Water filter demo Stockholm
Demonstrating a table top filter produced in Malawi at the World Water Week in Stockholm. This filter purifies water, eliminating all bacteria, parasites and turbidity. The filter element is treated with silver, avoiding re-contamination of the purified water in the storage container. The filter capacity is 40 litres per day and has a retail price of around 20 USD. The SMART Centre Group is working with the local SMART Centres and partners to set-up local supply chains for this product.

More information can be obtained from info@smartcentregroup.com.

JasminaDemonstration of a new water filter produced in Malawi
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