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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water Business Kit: Kenya