byHarro Riedstra via web
Akvo activities in the Latin Americas have strengthened over the last couple of years and now aim to scale in prioritized countries. In the WASH sector, our work will focus on promoting monitoring of water and sanitation services in compliance with national regulations and the SIASAR standard (the Latin American standard for rural water and sanitation). Akvo will work towards generating pilots that showcase how our tools and services can help governments and nonprofit organizations effectively and more efficiently collect SIASAR data while also collecting data that is not part of SIASAR yet required by national legislation. This will allow governments and other actors to have data necessary for decision making to improve services and also comply with national and international reporting commitments. Priority countries for the pilot exercises are Colombia and Honduras and additional efforts will be made to strengthen monitoring of WASH services in Mexico, Bolivia, and Perú. Participation in regional WASH events will also help to further disseminate the advantages of using Akvo tools and services to improve service delivery.
In North America, our work will continue to focus on strategic partnerships that enable us to continue scale, such as previous or existing partnerships with the Gates and Hilton Foundations and Cisco. We will work towards strengthening those existing links and also explore potential with other entities who could support what we do. This will involve first mapping actors and priorities and then consistently approaching them. Our teams in Amsterdam and the United States will work collaboratively to visit potential partners and improve name recognition of Akvo throughout the Americas.