Highlights

World Water Day 2022

The theme of this year’s World Water Day (March 22) is ‘Groundwater – Making the invisible visible’. Also the World Water Forum started in Dakar.

As SMART Centres we have prepared an overview with ‘Practical ideas to reach SDG6.1 and water related SDGs in rural Africa’. Download ther overview here.

Enjoy the reading and the World Water Day!

Reinier VeldmanWorld Water Day 2022
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Training course in Kenya in low cost water technologies for Self-supply /households

Recently a Worldbank blog mentioned the study “The rising tide” indicating that women and girls in Sub Saharan Africa spend 40 billion hours per year on collecting water (Blog Worldbank).

One option to reduce time to collect water is having a well at or near the household. There are technologies that make affordable wells for small communities and households, for example EMAS technologies. In Bolivia over 70.000 household wells of 20 to 50 m deep were drilled commercially at a cost of $200 to $500 (including pump). Other low cost well drilling options are SHIPO (rotary) jetting, and Mzuzu drill and pumps include, EMAS, Rope and small solar pumps, Rainwater storage options include the EMAS underground and wire brick cement tanks. Options for groundwater recharge at the household level include the Tube recharge. For water treatment there is a range of household water filters and Satopans for sanitation.

A hands on training course on these low cost water technologies was held in Malawi in 2021
see also website SMART Centre Group. A similar course will be hosted in Kenya by Aqua Clara in Kenya (https://www.aquaclarakenya.com/) with support and trainers from the EMAS foundation and the SMART Centre Group. Download the course flyer here.

The course will take place from Tuesday 3 May to Saturday 14 May and is targetting Well drillers, welders, masons, technicians, entrepreneurs, others interested in these technologies. The fee for this course is 400 US$ which includes food during the training. Cost of travel and lodging is not included.

Those with interest can send a mail to info@smartcentregroup.com.

Feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested to join this course.

Group picture after the training in Malawi
Reinier VeldmanTraining course in Kenya in low cost water technologies for Self-supply /households
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Successful Short Course @ CCAP SMART Centre, Malawi

EMAS technologies further reduce cost of self-supply 

The month of September has been a busy month at the SMART Centre in Malawi. For a period of three weeks Henk Holtslag (on behalf of the SMART Centre Group) and Wolfgang Buchner (on behalf of EMAS International) visited to facilitate the Short Course on ‘WASH Technologies for Self-supply’.
EMAS, the CCAP SMART Centre and the SMART Centre Group organised a training in water technologies that are affordable  for families and so fit for Self-supply and a group of 15 technicians from Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya joined for the trainings.

Group picture after the training
Reinier VeldmanSuccessful Short Course @ CCAP SMART Centre, Malawi
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Short courses on Self-supply Technologies @ CCAP SMART Centre, Malawi

The recently published book “Self-Supply” indicates that over 1 billion people world-wide have Self-supply so water supply for which they paid themselves. Some 80% of all self-supply systems are wells. It is clear that scaling self-supply has a huge potential to help in reaching Sustainable Development Goals for water, poverty and food.

The CCAP SMART Centre Malawi, in collaboration with EMAS International and the SMART Centre Group, is organizing two short courses on low-cost Water and Sanitation Technologies with a focus on Self-supply.

Course 1 will take place from Monday 6 – 17 September 2021 and will focus on Hands on training in self-supply technologies targetting Well drillers, welders, masons, technicians, entrepreneurs, others interested in practical technologies.

Course 2 will take place from Tuesday 21 – 24 September 2021 and will focus on Demonstration of self-supply technologies and ideas to scale up targetting WASH program officers of NGOs and governments and those with general interest in approaches that can help to reach SDG6 and water related goals like poverty, food security and employment.

For more info and registration check the flyer and contact us through jamemhango@gmail.com or henkholtslag49@gmail.com.

Reinier VeldmanShort courses on Self-supply Technologies @ CCAP SMART Centre, Malawi
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Book on Self-supply: ‘Filling the gaps in public water supply provision’

One of the approaches promoted by the SMART Centres is supporting self-supply, so stimulating people to invest in their own water system like a well and pump.

There is now the first ever book on Self-supply Filling the gaps in public water supply provision has been published by Dr. Sally Sutton and John Butterworth. By RWSN it has been called THE book and on the first day of publication, the book was downloaded more than 500 times already.

In the book several SMART Centres and the people involved like Rik Haanen, Walter Mgina, Reinier Veldman and Henk Holtslag are mentioned.

Self supply is increasingly seen as one of the options to reach SDG6.1 and related SDGs for food, income and employment. We highly recommend that you download and read the book. You can get your copy through Practical Action. The electronic version is for free and there are paid soft and hard-cover versions availble.

‘Self-supply has long been overlooked because it is largely unmapped, unmonitored and unregulated, and therefore invisible to policy-makers and decision-takers. This wonderful new book shows what they are missing by providing an accessible but comprehensive overview of self-supply in its many forms and contexts, from the lowest income countries to the highest. It puts people at the centre of the challenge to achieve universal water access and is a celebration of ingenuity and resilience – and highlights that household investment and remittances can play a vital role in plugging the investment gap in rural water infrastructure. This book is destined to become a classic reference that all rural water supply professionals should become familiar with.’

Sean Furey, Director, Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)

Reinier VeldmanBook on Self-supply: ‘Filling the gaps in public water supply provision’
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29 January 2021: Bachir Afonso missing for one year

One full year has passed since we have heard from Bachir Afonso, our dear friend and companion, who was the practical manager of ”Grupo de Saneamento de Bilibiza” in Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique. The 29th of January 2020, Bilibiza was attacked by resurgents from the north, burning half of the total of houses in Bilibiza. Most people of Bilibiza had fled to the woods by then. Late afternoon they came to the workshop of GSB, where Bachir still was present.
At 19.19 PM Henk Holtslag of the SMART Centre Group received an app-message in the Netherlands from Bachir Afonso saying:

“Cry for help. Armed men have entered Bilibiza and are burning from 5 PM till now. All schools were burnt. We no longer have a SMART centre. They are destroying Bilibiza!!”

This was the last we ever heard from him. So we fear for his life and probably also that from his wife. We have still some hope that he is still alive.

Reinier Veldman29 January 2021: Bachir Afonso missing for one year
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Water for all health centres in Eastern Zambia

As one of the COVID-19 responses the Jacana SMART Centre in Zambia took the initiative to provide water to Health Centres in Eastern Zambia. This initiative was supported by Wilde Ganzen and several other donors.

The website www.dutchwatersector.com/ recently published a newsitem in which the project is highlighted. See newsitem.

This initiative has shown how, through the trained entrepreneurs, the SMART Centres can contribute to increased access to the much needed water at Health Centres which will, also beyond COVID-19, have an impact on the surrounding communities.

For more info, check the website of the Jacana SMART Centre:

Reinier VeldmanWater for all health centres in Eastern Zambia
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Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

On the 25th and 26th of January 2021 the first online international Climate Adaptation Summit will be held. The focus of CAS 2021 will be on finding solutions that enable people to adapt to the effects of climate change, such as extreme rainfall, drought, heatwaves and sea level rise. World leaders such as Angela Merkel, Ban Ki‐moon and UN Secretary‐General António Guterres will attend the high‐level opening session in the Netherlands and launch a broad Adaptation Action Agenda, setting out practical climate solutions and plans up to 2030.

The work of the SMART Centres also provides options that help households to adapt to the changing climate. Some of the work has been presented during the IAAS pre-event to the CAS. A recent 2-pager (Increase climate resilience in Africa with water buffering and the SMART approach) highlights some of the achievements of the past 20 years, with a focus on Nicaragua and Tanzania, but also provides an outlook to scale this approach.

Download the 2-pager here.

For more information on recharge technologies check here.

Reinier VeldmanClimate Adaptation Summit 2021
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IAAS Youth in Agriculture pre-event of the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

On the 25th and 26th of January the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 will be organised online. As pre-event to the summit, the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS) organised a pre-event which brought 1500+ students together. The SMART Centre Group hosted one of the workshops under the title: “SMART Centres and smart solutions Increase resilience to climate change by building local capacity in innovative and affordable water and agriculture solutions”.

Henk Holtslag, Reinier Veldman presented on the SMART approach and SMART Centres and the link to Climate Adaptation and (Youth) Employment and Abraham Mehari covered the Smart Water for Agriculture project. The workshop generated a fruitfull discussion and provided input to the ‘Call to Action’ (English, French) which will be presented by IAAS to The Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Summit.

The presentations are available on the resources page.

Reinier VeldmanIAAS Youth in Agriculture pre-event of the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021
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COVID-19 Water Technology and Services Portfolio published by NWP

The Netherlands Water Partnership recently developed a portfolio of ‘COVID-19 Water Technology and Services’. The portfolio is an overview of initiatives and Dutch companies who have services or products that can contribute to stop the spread of COVID and also monitor the spread. As part of the portfolio two cases work of the SMART Centres is mentioned and also the water filters of Basic Water Needs are included. Basic Water Needs has been a long term partner and supporter of the work of the SMART Centres.

The portfolio can be accessed through https://publications.dutchwatersector.com/covid-19-portfolio/start/. The individual pages related to the work of the SMART Centre can be accessed through the links below:

Reinier VeldmanCOVID-19 Water Technology and Services Portfolio published by NWP
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