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Chemisto S.A.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
36th WEDC International Conference: Delivering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in an Uncertain Environment | Year: 2013

Uganda's Ministry of Water and Environment last updated the information on coverage and functionality of the point water sources which lead to the establishment and publication of the 2010 Water Atlas. While the Ministry sees potential benefits from improved information about the state of rural water sources, it also realises that the real benefit for the water user is only achieved when information of a broken water point leads to prompt repair of the source. The challenge with the monitoring system is to improve not only information collection, but its flow that leads to action to improve water services on the basis of information collected. Real time information on functionality of water services is vital if functionality is to be increased and the use of modern technology is critical if this endeavour is to be achieved.

Halcrow G.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation | Yetsho T.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation | Nguyen N.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation | Tshering G.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development | Year: 2014

Approaches to improve faecal sludge management practices and on-site sanitation services can better be supported through an understanding of the behavioural determinants and consumer preferences for the services. This practice paper describes a process in Bhutan in which stakeholders collaborated to carry out formative research to identify motivations and barriers to improved septic tank management by building owners in Thimphu City. Using a sanitation behaviour change framework, the findings focused on prioritised behavioural determinants of knowledge of septic tank management and services, willingness to pay and the use of enforcements. The research findings were then used to develop a practical yet evidence-based behaviour change communication strategy for the City in 2012 that aimed to improve safe and timely emptying practices, improve services and increase demand from households, business and institutions. © IWA Publishing 2014.

Spenceley A.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation | Habyalimana S.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation | Tusabe R.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation | Mariza D.,SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Development Southern Africa | Year: 2010

Tourism is currently the leading export sector in Rwanda and is growing. The country is famous for the rare mountain gorillas of the Parc National des Volcans. This paper uses information from value chain analysis studies, complementary research and stakeholder testimonies to reveal the benefits that accrue to people living around the Park. It quantifies pro-poor income and non-financial benefits from gorilla tourism, and describes the opportunities for the poor to become economically involved in the value chains relating to accommodation, food and beverages, excursions and shopping, and the barriers to their involvement. To increase local benefits from gorilla tourism and other tourism activities around the Park, the authors recommend stimulating the activities of the private sector, increasing the number of joint venture agreements, enhancing opportunities for local employment and career progression, and improving business linkages with entrepreneurs and entertainers. © 2010 Development Bank of Southern Africa.

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