byHarro Riedstra via web
In the Partnerships project, Akvo aims to support the implementing agencies of the Dutch WASH Strategy 2016-2030 to improve the transparency of their work; to maintain old partnerships and develop new partnerships between Akvo and national, regional and global actors and to contribute to global fora on open data and innovation.
In 2018, the activities in this project will firstly focus on aligning Akvo’s activities with the updated Dutch policies on development cooperation, specifically where linked to migration and migration countries, based on the ‘beleidsnota ontwikkelings-samenwerking’ expected in spring 2018. On the international level, Akvo will align its work with the activities of the UN High Level Panel on Water.
Secondly, Akvo will work to improve the transparency on the work of major actors in the international water sector, specifically those which also contribute to the objectives laid down in the Dutch WASH sector. In 2018, we will promote the results of the last five years of water point mapping in WCARO to other interested countries; we will work to ensure the European Commission Trust Funds working on the refugee crisis monitor and report their projects online and we will support other organisations, including WIN; WSSCC and Young Water Solutions to include a Data to Decision approach in their work.
Thirdly, Akvo aims to work together with the WHO and JMP to ensure efforts on national water quality monitoring are compliant with global SDG monitoring. One national or regional monitoring effort is foreseen to be implemented in which WHO and JMP participate to make sure the methodology used is compliant with SDG monitoring.
Fourthly, Akvo will work to include the D2D approach in DGIS agricultural programmes, by enabling a combination of remote-sensed data with “groundtruth” data. Agricultural programmes include G4AW, CILSS and programmes with the Netherlands Space Office Worldbank and the Food and Agricultural Organisation.
Lastly, Akvo aims to develop upscaled projects based on the expertise developed in the UDUMA project on guaranteed service delivery by private companies, on guaranteed smarter WASH management in Ghana and on service sustainability in the WCARO region. Project proposals will be developed with partners and presented to several potential funders and partners, including the Global Innovation Fund.