Director General Peter Mahal Dhieu Akat (left) at the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in South Sudan announced the establishment of a Smart Centre in his country. He expects that the centre will bring his country more practical skills for drilling bore holes for ground water and placing hand pumps. According to Mr Akat, South Sudan lacks a facility for such vocational training of water technicians. Henk Holtslag (right) of the Smart Centre Group expects the new training facility to become operational later this year. It will be the fifth Eastern African country to have a facility to train water technicians in drilling wells, and in manufacturing and selling hand and rope pumps. The Smart Centres also train entrepreneurs to sell these affordable and repairable water supply products in rural areas. By building a local supply chain that includes skills and maintenance, Holtslag experienced that this approach is the best guarantee to avoid wells to dry up and pumps to be left unused when broken down.
At the 2019 Stockholm World Water Week, where SMART Centres had a booth and several presentations, an initiative started called “Marshall plan for water for Africa”, including the need for vocational training as done by the Centres. For more info, see the press release.
This proposal may fit into the German proposal a Marshall plan with Africa which was published last year (Denkschrift Afrika).
We hope the initiative will give a boost to the much needed capacity building of WASH practitioners such as the companies the SMART Centres are working with.
At this conference the SMART Centres will have a booth D 11 and will present at several sessions including a session in Water entrepreneurs Sunday afternoon (25 Aug) and a session in Sanitation entrepreneurs on Wednesday (28 Aug) and activities of SMART Centre Malawi for Faith & Water on Thursday (29 Aug). For more information, see also the program.
Henk HoltslagSMART Centres at Stockholm Water Week
The Dutch development organisation SNV leads the “Smart Water for Agriculture” project in Kenya with the aim to increase water productivity for 20.000 farmers. Actions include training of extention workers in innovative technologies via Agriculture Training Centres. In this context advisor Henk Holtslag gave a short training in July at the Kaguru ATC. Topics included, Mzuzu well drilling. Rope pumps, Artificial groundwater tube recharge, Solar pumps and Household water filters. In the picture trainees test the Mzuzu drill technology.
In November 2018, MetaMeta, Aqua for All, SNV and the SMART Centres will organise the SMART Symposium to share lessons learnt in WASH and rural development from the past 25 years. In this period over 10 million people have benefited from SMARTechs. Read More
At the WEDC Conference in Kenya, Rik Haanen of the Jacana SMART Centre presented a bold approach to provide affordable and highly sustainable water supply for small rural communities by means of Family wells.
We look back on a fruitfull meeting of 5 SMART Centres in Mzuzu. Discussions ranged from Family Based Management of rural handpumps to monitoring with the online tool mWater. We saw some 25 innovative water and sanitation technologies on de exposition area of the CCAP SMART Centre and had field visits to pump users, a drilling company and to Mr. Gondwe who runs a sanitation business. He inspired us with the use of urine and feces that makes 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.
simonSMART Centre approach featured in ‘Deal Book’