byHarro Riedstra via web
The D2D project on software tools consists of Akvo’s activities to ensure our software tools are being maintained, continuously improved and are well supported and embedded within Akvo’s partner organisations, leading to greater long-term benefits and high levels of sustainability.
Akvo’s efforts in this project focus on ensuring the improvement of our tools to address our partner’s needs and the support and embedding of the tools in our partner organisations and not on the software development as such. To achieve that goal, ‘tripods’ of one member of our partnership team, the product team lead and a member of our marketing and communications team have been set up for Flow, Lumen and RSR in 2017. Activities on Caddisfly focus more on outreach and development of (pilot) projects. Within Akvopedia, efforts are focused on the maintaining and extending of the content and the development of the survey library.
Tripods - Flow, Lumen, RSR
The overall goal of D2D on the Akvo tools Flow, Lumen and RSR is to continuously maintain and improve the tools to ensure they provide most added value to our partners. The work in D2D does not focus on the actual software development, but on working together with our partners to ensure the tools address our partners’ needs and requirements. To guide this work, in 2017 Akvo created tripods around each of these three tools. In 2018, we will continue based on the plans developed by these tripods. This also includes facilitating the advisory groups around each tool and following up on their recommendations.
In 2018 Akvo”s Caddisfly team will focus on the marketing of the water quality testing package that is now available to provide our partners with an easy-to-use field-tool to test water quality and, in combination with our data package, a water quality testing solution for SDG monitoring on water. We will make sure the testing package covers the majority of relevant WHO SDG6 parameters for both drinking water as well as ambient water quality. Key players in 2018 in this respect are GEMS/Water, Unicef, UNEP, WHO. Besides this, step by step we will add new parameters based upon partner requests and new third-party testing solutions becoming available on the water quality testing market.
In 2018, we foresee to develop (pilot) projects with UNEP in five African countries, a nationwide mapping of water quality in Nigeria, a pilot in the PARIIS programme and a follow up project based on the 2017 pilot in the 9-country UNICEF programme.
In 2018, we will focus on the development of a WASH Survey Library in Akvopedia (see project 2). Furthermore, we will work to keep the Akvopedia content up to date, continue to develop multilingual content to enhance our outreach and improve mobile access through our app.
Specific objectives 2018
A1 To continuously maintain and improve Flow so it can be used to monitor infrastructure and WASH services B1 To develop a 5 country pilot in cooperation with UNEP (topic?) B2. To develop nationwide mapping of water quality in Nigeria B3. To develop a follow up-project based on the pilot executed in the Unicef 9 country programme (to achieve??? B4. To develop a pilot (topic?) within the PARIIS programme" B5. To ensure that all Akvo hubs have the expertise to train partners in the use of Caddisfly (including expertise to sell Caddisfly)" B6. To make sure that Caddisfly offers the vast majority of the parameters relevant in water quality testing in WASH and Agriculture programmes. C1 To continue to improve Lumen by adding new features C2 To use Lumen to support governments in managing water and sanitation services and infrastructure at national scale. D1 To continuously maintain and improve RSR D2 To continue to support our existing RSR users to share information online. E1 To increase the number of visitors in different language areas E2. To support SDG-monitoring on SDGs 6 and 2 by extending the Survey Library on WASH (see 2.5) to Agriculture E3. To add relevant new content and keep the knowledge base up to date