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Operation and Maintenance of WASH Infrastructure Webinar Series - Part II

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Jude Cobbing/Save the Children
9:00am - 10:00am ET

Click on the link below to learn more about Part I of this webinar series.

O&M Webinar Series Part I

These four webinars will build on the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Infrastructure webinars held in April and May 2021. They will share lessons learned, and report on promising projects and innovative practices in the field of WASH O&M. Speakers will be USAID partners and other leading O&M practitioners, who will draw out important lessons that are more widely applicable. Topics covered by these webinars will include:

  • Recent initiatives and promising advances in WASH infrastructure O&M;
  • Innovative, local and sustainable solutions developed by global partnerships;
  • Emerging trends in WASH infrastructure O&M;
  • Opportunities and new developments in the field.

Webinar #1
9:00 - 10:00 AM ET | Wednesday, September 1, 2021


UPGRO Hidden Crisis (2015-2020) was an interdisciplinary research program examining water point functionality in Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi. The main focus was rural groundwater supplies, examining both the extent and reasons for poor functionality through extensive field campaigns. This webinar will share knowledge regarding the advances and innovations in this area achieved by the project

Speaker: Alan MacDonald, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Webinar #2
9:00 - 10:00 AM ET | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Uptime Consortium

Uptime is a global consortium (including FundiFix, Water for Good, Water Mission, Whave, UDUMA and Oxford University) working to deliver drinking water services to millions of rural people through long-term, performance-based funding to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.1. Uptime’s work in making rural water services in Africa more reliable through concessionary funding and local revenue generation has shown promising results in the area of rural water scheme O&M, and ongoing functionality.

Speaker: Duncan McNicholl, Uptime Consortium, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

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Webinar #3
9:00 - 10:00 AM ET | Tuesday, October 5, 2021


DAI works to help communities and governments address challenges in water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and sustainability through a comprehensive systems-based approach. This webinar will address questions of professionalization, accountability, private-sector engagement, and the role of changing policy and regulations for rural water service delivery. DAI will highlight lessons from implementation of promising approaches to improving O&M, including implications and best practices.

Speaker: Liz Jordan, DAI, Washington, DC

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Webinar #4
9:00 - 10:00 AM ET | Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Panel Discussion 

This panel discussion will bring together the speakers from the previous PRO-WASH operation and maintenance (O&M) webinars to discuss emerging trends in WASH O&M, and debate the way forward in policy and practice. Issues will include the causes of the high failure rates of water infrastructure, the problem of financing rural WASH infrastructure, professionalization and the role of the private sector, and the responsibilities of the state. The discussion will also be guided by questions from audience members, and by the results of polls conducted during the event.

Panelists include:

  • Alex Bekunda (International Development Program Manager, Nobo Jatra, Bangladesh)

  • Saeqah Kabir (Knowledge Management and Communications expert, Nobo Jatra, Bangladesh)

  • Jim Gibson (WASH engineer, IRC WASH Associate at The Hague)

  • Liz Jordan (WASH and sustainability expert, DAI, USA)

  • Alan MacDonald (Principal hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey)

  • Kevin Pietersen (Hydrogeology professor and O&M specialist, University of the Western Cape, South Africa)

  • Nicole Van Abel (Senior Water Resources Management Advisor, Office of Technical Program Quality, BHA, USAID)

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