After 5 days of intense discussions, field visits and working sessions we can look back on a fruitful second SMART Centre meeting. Many topics were covered from Family Based Management to monitoring using online tools such as mWater. And of course, several very inspiring field visits were undertaken, of which one to Mr. Gondwe, near Mzuzu. He runs a very successful sanitation business and inspired us all with his work on the use of urine and feces to make his vegetable garden flourish.
On the 22nd of March, during World Water Day, a new joint publication of the 3R group was launched: Reaching the millions – investment profiles to achieve 3R impact. It clearly makes a case why it is not only worth the investment to put money in water harvesting, it is urgent.
JasminaSMART Centre approach featured in ‘Deal Book’
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.
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.
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!
January 24, 2018. In Zambia, there are over 3000 cases of Cholera. The Jacana SMART Centre in Zambia helps reducing the spreading of Cholera by closing open wells, installing low cost hand pumps, and promoting household water filters. More information https://jacana.help/news/zambia-attack-cholera/
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