Lessons for Rural Water Supply: Sustainable Services at Scale
The World Bank and USAID sponsored a discussion of the Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) research report at World Bank headquarters in September 27, 2011. Triple-S is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded investigation into the factors explaining how well rural water supply infrastructure continues to function after its construction, and what can be done to improve its performance.
The report summarizes findings from a 13 country study of rural water supplies. The study identified common problems, and recommends actions in 3 strategy areas:
- support to rural water supply reform and institution-building within a comprehensive and government-led strategy
- support to decentralization, more use of the private sector, and phasing out NGOs as service providers (other than in failed states and humanitarian emergencies)
- address imbalance in financing between capital investment versus other costs of rural water supply
Click here for the event discussion paper (PDF)
Click here for the presentation (PDF)
For more information, visit the Water Services that Last website.
Below you will find two types of videos -- 1.) longer videos of the presentations and 2.) shorter videos from the introductory remarks and the discussants.
Harold Lockwood, author of the Lessons for Rural Water Supply initiative, presents findings from the 13-country study.
IRC's Patrick Moriarty, Director of the Ghana Program, discusses recommendations for donor support.
USAID's Sharon Murry shares her remarks on the Triple-S report, followed by a brief Q&A session from the audience and country-based staff.