20 October 2023

Recordings from the REACH International conference 20-22 September now available

The REACH conference “Within REACH: A Water Secure World” took place at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre and Examination Schools from 20th to 22nd September 2023. An inclusive range of speakers – 50% women, 50% speakers from Africa and Asia, 1/3 early career researchers – brought global leaders from governments, industry and development agencies into fascinating discussions […]

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11 October 2023

What can the rural water sector learn from francophone West Africa?

Meleesa Naughton Many countries are looking to expand rural water services and improve service levels for people living in small towns and rural areas by investing in small, decentralised piped water services. Francophone West Africa has a long history of delegating water services (usually piped) in small towns and rural areas to professional operators, both […]

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4 October 2023

We are failing to deliver safe drinking water globally – what needs to change?

Uptime has designed and implemented contracts for results-based payments that incentivise reliability of water services through standardised volume and revenue metrics. We present new metrics, building on REACH research, to further incentivise water safety actions by service providers to deliver safer drinking water in small water systems that will be piloted in 2024.

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Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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