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Bollywood, Bollywater?

The film crews have gone, the Bollywood actors and actresses have withdrawn with sighs of relief and renewed commitment, the village women have left their hiding places and swept up, the village men have chortled yet again about when the chicken sat(?) on the camera lens and Normal Life has returned to a settlement in the Indian state of Odisha. Oh, and the chicken still clucks around, head-up.

A Bollywood-style film on safe water has been in preparation in India, with the stimulus of ‘One Drop’, a somewhat classical Canadian NGO with the difference of some hefty funding. We filmed the filming of this ‘social arts initiative’ for the 300in6 video suite.

Due for release in mid-2014, the film has been attracting much attention in some communities of practice of behaviour change. Will the chemistry of artists, engineers and health workers work? Worth a try. Coming soon to a screen near you.


Building around HWTS

Preparing an awareness-cum-fund raiser on child diarrhoea issues on Dutch public radio, the Netherlands Red Cross has this week brought together key WASH staff from eight colleague societies in Asia and Africa in their offices in The Hague.

Under a broad umbrella of ‘WASH and Resilience’, they reviewed latest evidence-based developments in WASH. A session on scaling-up HWTS was led by 300in6.

Among the hot topics discussed were durable output (such as the Dutch Government rule on service delivery for 10 years), refined record-keeping and the visible mitigation of financial risks. The hottest of all: how to modulate the organisational growth paths of existing success stories, from start-up to leadership, whilst maintaining the growth rates of HWTS adoption.

Devotion, dedication and … an eye for detail

Alie Eleveld, a leader of the safe water and AIDS programme (SWAP) in Kisumu, western Kenya, was awarded a royal decoration by the Queen of the Netherlands as a Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau, late in April. It was due to her “selfless dedication and devotion” in her work, reports SWAP.
Much of the work of SWAP is characterised by a sharp attention to detail, which allows for optimised delivery of health and hygiene services, including safe water treatment. Such detail was featured in our journal UPSCALE #1, pp 14-15.
A compelling interview with Alie is featured in UPSCALE #2, pp 6-7, where she describes how SWAP have developed the notion of a basket of products and services.

They dispense, we dispense, you dispense

Innovations come, it is often said, from the edges. Here’s impressive news of one in HWTS which has hit the mainstream, to the tune of 5.5 million USD for three years.

Earlier this week, the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) programme of USAID announced an award to Dispensers for Safe Water(DSW), a social enterprise mothered by our colleagues in Innovations for Poverty Action.

The IPA communiqué gives full details of DSW and video connects plus links to the bountiful DIV, clearly motivated, according to DSW, by treating scale-up as “the biggest bang for the buck”.

Such brash monetarist talk makes one wonder if the scale-up upon which IPA is now embarked might not augur some more changes in their line-up. No clear evidence exists for such an idea, as yet, but it could be a signal that this NGO is changing its values – perhaps out of the public eye.

Whatever, but making a splash sure makes lots of ripples.

It´s not rocket science, but prepare for lift-off

The Safe Water School project of the Swiss EAWAG (aquatic research), Helvetas and Antenna Technologies Geneva, financed by the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC), is building a solid foundation in Bolivia, Kenya and Haiti for a large-scale adoption of school-driven water treatment.

A new Antenna video – which could well become a model of excellence for institutional progress reports – presents the key players, and their adult enablers, in the Haiti programme, known as ‘Lekol dlo san danje’ (Lit: L’école de l’eau sans danger, The school of risk-free water). Mainly French, English sub-titles, 5’40″.

The idea now, the film concludes temptingly, is to see what the results of the programme are today, and try and replicate it on a national scale in Haiti. Now, would that be ‘replikayson pou nivo nasyonal’?

[Ed: Antenna also administers SDC support to 300in6 communications services.]