Aquaya’s research and development initiatives address two fundamental questions of safe water and sanitation delivery:
1) How can we strengthen the collection and application of data?
2) Can local entrepreneurship fill gaps in underserved areas?

Data Collection and Application

Accurate information is important for evaluating service delivery, improving efficiencies, and targeting resources.  Water sector data, however, are limited in much of the developing world. The objectives of our research are to develop and apply appropriate technologies and best practices that support the integration of data into water management programs.

Strengthening local capacity for water safety management

African Water Association Task Force on Water Quality Monitoring

Monitoring for Safe Water

Why doesn't microbial water quality testing meet regulatory standards in many countries?  

Aquatest

How can appropriate technologies expand microbial water quality testing?

Local Empowerment

Small-scale businesses often provide innovative and effective solutions to fill gaps in public services. We study examples of local entrepreneurship in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. We also administer WASH research internship and fellowship programs to empower African researchers with the tools to address Africa’s WASH challenges.

Our goals are to identify the factors that promote local solutions and the strategies that will expand their reach among lower income groups.

AquayaLEARN: Leading an Empowered African Research Network

AquayaLEARN was launched in 2014 to inspire African students to tackle the water and sanitation challenges facing their continent.

Water Treatment & Vending

Why are water treatment and vending businesses proliferating in Southeast Asia and Latin America?

Consumer Preferences for Household Water Treatment

How do low-income families select water treatment products?

Sanitation products: measuring supply and demand

Aquaya designs and administers field studies to evaluate supply chains for sanitation products and to measure consumer demand. Many efforts to improve sanitation services propose market forces for achieving distribution of emerging sanitation products, but demonstrations of commercially viable business models that reach poor consumers are limited. Aquaya is conducting research on and providing valuable data to inform decision-making on sanitation policies.

Evaluating Marketing Strategies for Rural Sanitation Products

In collaboration with the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, Aquaya is developing a randomized controlled trial in rural Kenya that will compare different marketing strategies for plastic latrine slabs and assess their health benefits.

The Market for Rural Sanitation

With support from the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, Aquaya is investigating supply chains for improved latrine slabs in rural Tanzania and measuring consumer willingness-to-pay for different latrine slab products among 1,500 randomly selected households in two districts.

Software Solutions for Data Management

Will ICT innovations increase the efficiency of large technology deployment programs?

ICT for Data Management

Aquaya advises on data management tools that support performance monitoring, survey efforts, and evaluations. Where existing open source software tools are appropriate, we optimize and configure these tools to address our clients’ needs. In addition, Aquaya builds tools in-house when we identify software gaps.

Resources:
Mobile Water
Data Solutions for WASH

Mobile Phones for Measuring Sustainability

How can mobile phones improve data collection and analysis in remote settings?

Business Development and Financing

Unleashing the full potential of local, independent entrepreneurship in the WASH sector often requires business management support and access to business financing. Aquaya collaborates with development partners to ensure that these services reach promising entrepreneurs.

Resources:
Water Business Kit: Kenya

Water Business Kits

How can we support local business development in the water sector?
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