[open-development] FW: Making All Voices Count

Duncan Edwards D.Edwards at ids.ac.uk
Mon Sep 15 14:22:25 UTC 2014

Hi Open Dev-vers!

One of the research projects funded by Making All Voices Count is looking at better understanding what is and isn't working in using ICTs for improved rural water supply. The research is being led by Joseph Pearce formerly of WaterAid (see email below for more detail) - one element of the research is to compile a comprehensive list of initiatives which are using in ICTs for monitoring rural water services. It would be great if you could complete the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R3YH397) with initiatives that you are involved with or know about.

Many thanks,
Duncan Edwards
Programme Manager - Research & Evidence Component, Making All Voices Count
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From: Joseph Pearce <pearce at ircwash.org<mailto:pearce at ircwash.org>>
Subject: Making All Voices Count
Date: 12 September 2014 14:27:05 BST
To: Water Point Mapping <rwsn_mapping at dgroups.org<mailto:rwsn_mapping at dgroups.org>>

Dear friends,

Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. The initiative is funded by DFID, USAID, SIDA, Open Society Foundation and Omidyar Network, and is implemented by a consortium consisting of Hivos, the Institute of Development Studies and Ushahidi.

Earlier this year a small team of researchers from WaterAid, IRC and ITAD submitted a successful application titled 'Testing the waters: how can ICTs for monitoring be strengthened and made more inclusive to achieve greater sustainability for rural water services?'.

The aim of the research is to help close the knowledge gap on what works and what doesn't in using ICTs to improve rural water supply sustainability. The research project specifically aims to better understand the non-technological parameters that empower traditional water fetchers and water handlers - women, girls and boys - to use ICTs to receive information on and report issues of their concern in a way that provokes a remedial response from government.

We are now in Phase 2 of the research, which aims to better understand the factors for success and failure in using ICTs for reporting and taking action on rural water supply service breakdowns by assessing the factors for success and failure between different ICT initiatives. We will do this through systematic comparison of a number of case studies once we have established a comprehensive list of initiatives where ICTs have been used for monitoring rural water services.

This is where we are now. We need to collect some basic information about as many monitoring initiatives as possible. And we need your help! Can you take a few moments to complete a short survey to help us populate a list? https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R3YH397 The information we receive at this stage will inform the next research phases and if we don't get good knowledge here, our outputs will be limited in their potential value to inform future improvements to mapping and monitoring tools and processes.

Of course we will share the research findings widely. If you want more information just ask me.

Many, many thanks. Have a great weekend!


Joseph Pearce
Programme Officer, IRC, The Hague

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