Approximately one in three rural water supply systems in developing countries does not function at all or is performing well below its expected level. Failure on this scale represents hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted investment and millions of people who have had to return to fetching dirty drinking water from distant sources - to the detriment of their health, education, and livelihoods.
While the problem of poor sustainability - and the threat it poses to achieving the MDGs - may be well recognised, concrete steps for addressing it are considerably less clear. Triple-S- an IRC initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - recently completed a 13-country study to identify factors that contribute to, or constrain, the delivery of sustainable rural water services at scale.
Your contributions to this project will be part of an on-going process to collect, share and interpret experiences of diverse stakeholders from all over the world. We use an innovative research method to analyze these and make sense of the current changes in rural water supply. The resulting learning will be used to help bring about sustained tangible improvements for rural people.