"Make WASH technology investments last and provide sustainable services for all"
WASHTech aims to strengthen sector capacity to make effective investment in new technologies, through research and development of a framework, which assesses the potential of new and innovative WASH technologies.
IRC is leading the consortium of national and international research partners. The project funded by the EC FP7- Africa research programme takes place in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda from 2011 to 2013.
As the project draws to a close, a new website hosted by RWSN makes the Technology Applicability Framework- TAF, Guidance on the Technology Introduction Process- TIP, and other project outputs freely available to sector players.
Information on the project, updates on progress and outputs can be found on the project website: http://washtechafrica.wordpress.com/
16 Dec 13
On December 11, the WASHTech Consortium organised a webinar introducing two new tools that will help to select water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) technologies that keep working. The first, the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF), has been extensively tested and is now available on www.washtechnologies.net. A second, complementary tool, the Technology Introduction Process (TIP) provides guidance on the roles and activities needed for successful scaling up of technologies. This folder contains a summary of the webinar discussions, the presentations and the recording.
TAF addresses the challenge of technology in WASH (video)
01 Nov 13
This short video illustrates the challenge of technology in WASH and how the Technology Applicability Framework provides systematic and participatory way of assessing and adopting technology innovation at scale, for services that last.
Cheap and affordable solutions that can provide sustained access to WASH services are within reach, yet very few of these have been implemented effectively. Despite the technological leaps achieved in the last few decades, progress towards improved access to WASH services, particularly in many rural areas, is at a staggering low.
WASHTech, a 3 year EU funded research project, has developed a systematic and participatory way of assessing and adopting technology innovation that effectively takes the poorest of the world a step closer to expanding their life choices and opportunities for development.
The TAF can be accessed at http://www.washtechnologies.net/en/
29 Oct 13
Affordable solutions to the delivery of WASH services are available worldwide. Despite this, very few have successfully been mainstreamed and/ or scaled up.
Discover the main risks to sustainable services and key blockages to adoption and upscaling of WASH technologies through WASHTech’s Technology Applicability Framework (TAF). This decision support tool is now available online and will be showcased at the Aquatech Trade Exhibition in Amsterdam (5-8 November 2013).
26 Aug 13
WASHTech's overarching goals are: to develop a systematic and participatory way of assessing new and existing technologies on their applicability in a given context; and to support the adoption of a multi-stakeholder technology innovation process that takes the poorest of the world a step closer to expanding their life choices and opportunities for development. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is the lead partner in WASHTech's consortium.
Since 2011, a range of sector professionals (from governmental agencies, development partners, NGOs, the private sector and research institutes) have been engaged in the development and testing of the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) which helps to make informed decisions for most promising technologies and strategic planning.
In addition to developing a robust framework and methodology for applying it, the project has also produced guidelines on how to support the successful uptake of a promising innovative technology at district and national level; the product is called the Technology Introduction Process Guide (TIP).
Joint learning through collaborative development and testing of the framework and introduction process, and sharing results is core to the success of WASHTech’s endeavours.
Policy makers and local governments have been involved in developing and piloting the process and tools. A ‘host’ organisation has been found in each country, which will ensure that the TAF and TIP are applied beyond the duration and geographical scope of the project. These organisations have a formal role in technology validation and introduction processes in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda.
Read more about WASHTech in the 3-page article that was published in International Innovation. The full article "Validating water and sanitation innovations" is available in PDF (below).
International Innovation is the leading global dissemination resource for the wider scientific, technology and research communities, dedicated to disseminating the latest science, research and technological innovations on a global level. More information and a complimentary subscription offer to the publication can be found at: www.researchmedia.eu
16 Jul 13
This four-page leaflet explains two tools, which the WASHTech project has developed:
The Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) helps to decide if a WASH technology is sustainable and applicable – or not – in a specific context. The framework also indicates risks and supportive factors that may affect the technology introduction process.
The four steps of using the TAF are:
1) technology screening,
2) technology assessment,
3) presentation of results, and
4) interpretation of results.
The second tool is the Technology Introduction Process (TIP) Guide, a management tool that provides guidance on successfully introducing technology. The TIP identifies three phases in the uptake of WASH technologies:
1) Invention, with sub-phases “testing” and “launch”,
2) Tipping Point; and
3) Uptake and Use.
Each phase has its own characteristics with respect to the level of investments needed, revenue, and impacts.
TAF and TIP have been tested together with sector stakeholders in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Uganda. To access TAF and TIP, visit www.washtechnologies.net
02 Jul 13
Investing in the right technologies in a given context is an important step towards improving sustainability of WASH services. The Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) is a tool to help decision makers assess if a water or sanitation technology is applicable to their situation.
Besides technology itself, the introduction process is also a critical factor determining sustainability of a WASH service. Technologies that are likely to perform well against a range of criteria can be piloted and scaled up using the Technology Introduction Process (TIP) guide.
On 3 June 2013, IRC International Water and Sanitation centre hosted a webinar about both tools, currently under development by the WASHTech project.
For more information visit the WASHTech website
05 Mar 13
2013 is the third and final year of the WASHTech project. In January, consortium partners gathered in Accra, Ghana to reflect on the project’s progress and map out the immediate future of WASHTech.
Research teams in Gahan, Burkina Faso and Uganda have undertaken three rounds of testing and validation of the Technology Applicability Framework with a wide range of stakeholders.
11 Jun 12
The WASHTech project in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda is in its second year of implementation. The key activities of 2012 are to conduct a technology assessment by using the “Technology Assessment Framework (TAF)” currently under development and to document changes resulting from stakeholder engagement in the adaptation and use of this tool.
13 Mar 12
The WASHTech project is applying a learning alliance approach to carry out action-research and implementation work. Learning Alliances in WASHTech provides a framework to support reflection and documentation of the learning alliance process in the three WASHTech focus countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda. Alliance facilitators in each country identify opportunities and challenges faced in 2011.
25 Jan 12
WASHTech has published a literature review focusing on 14 technologies used in Africa in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.
For each technology there is a description of the literature available on it, a concise description of the technology, a description of its application, a selection of interesting case studies, and an explanation as to whether the technology meets technical, financial, social and institutional success criteria.