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As of January 2018 the West Africa Hub will be restructured in two hubs: in Burkina Faso and in Mali. The activities below are therefore split in these two hubs.
ACTIVITIES MALI HUB 2018
One of the main water challenges in Mali is water availability, which touches upon WASH, IWRM and agriculture and food security. Although the total rainfall in Mali is relatively high, the period of rainfall is very limited. In 2017 this period was extremely short. The river Niger is the most important resource of water, and availability is therefore limited to certain areas of the country. For 2018 water shortages can be expected, which have their implications on the sectors that are being covered by D2D.
In Mali, a lot of activities have been undertaken in the past 3 years related to the drinking water sector including testing of water quality (national mapping, Watershed, SOMAGEP, ABFN). Also, several activities have been undertaken in the IWRM sector (BAMGIRE, ABFN). In 2018 Akvo will focus in Mali on the sanitation sector and water and food security. Based on the activities undertaken in 2017, the Mali Hub will further build partnerships, (pilot) projects and experience in these sectors. This will form a basis of knowledge and experience, and case studies (track record) that can be used to expand the work to other countries in its region (Mauritania, Senegal, Guinee Conakry and Ghana) and to other hubs.
Sanitation (national) mapping Mali
In 2017 a pilot project has been implemented with the government directorate in charge of sanitation - DNACPN (Direction Nationale de l’Assainissement du Controle des Pollutions et des Nuisances). This pilot was part of the 9 Country Programme (UNICEF WCARO). Based on a joint evaluation of the pilot, in 2018 Akvo aims to develop together with DNACPN an upscaling study and plan for the National Sanitation Mapping of Mali. Akvo and the DNACPN will approach the different financial partners in the sanitation sector in Mali to explore financing options for this programme.
Irrigation (national) mapping Mali
In 2017 Akvo Mali has started to work on its partnership with the DNGR (Direction Nationale de Genie Rurale) and specifically its GIS Unit (Cellule SIG) and its National Programme of Small-scale Irrigation (Programme Nationale d’Irrigation de Proximite, PNIP). The DNGR has clear needs for data on its irrigation infrastructure, which are currently not available. That leads to interesting opportunities of undertaking jointly a mapping of irrigation infrastructure (availability, geolocalisation, functionality, etcetera) by using Akvo Flow as mobile data collection tool.
In 2018 Akvo will continue to invest in the partnership with the DNGR and its different departments and units. The PNIP and Akvo will work together on a low-scale pilot of mapping certain irrigation facilities by using Akvo Flow, to get insight in the process and results of an irrigation mapping. Based on the learnings of this pilot and first outcomes (analysis and visualisation of the data), a plan will be jointly elaborated including activities such as survey design, preparation, Akvo Flow training sessions (dashboard and for enumerators), support to good quality data collection (including effective supervision), data cleaning, analysis and visualisation assistance for the development of an ‘Online Irrigation National portal’, for data sharing and good data use.
Data collection to effective data use in the rice sector Mali
In 2017 Akvo Mali started, as part of its partnership with LuxDev, to collaborate with the National Platform of Rice Producers - PNPR (Plateforme Nationale des Producteurs de Riz - Mali). The partnership with LuxDev was focused on several value chains (rice, fonio, sesame) and several organisations. The PNPR has approached Akvo for further assistance, to not only be able to collect data with Akvo Flow, but enlarge this in a sound data system including data analysis and visualisation for effective data use. This data system will support the PNPR to get insight in small-scale rice production, local stock and local markets. The PNPR foresees to create an evidence base to prove the importance of local rice production and lobby for less import of rice to Mali. As part of D2D, Akvo Mali will assist the PNPR in using Akvo Lumen for the analysis of their data and connect this to the website that has been created as part of the LuxDev partnership.
ACTIVITIES BURKINA FASO HUB 2018
Highlights of the work in 2017 were the Caddisfly, Lumen, End-users feedback and Flow projects with the national WASH M&E units in Burkina Faso and the neighbouring countries. The work in 2018 will focus on capitalising, sharing lessons and extending those pilots. In addition, preparation on partnerships on IWRM and irrigation with the Dutch waterboards has taken place in 2017. In 2018 we will focus on starting pilots in both sectors.
Improve WASH monitoring and management at national level in various countries in West-Africa
As a follow-up of the various pilots done in the WCARO 9 country program, we will prepare materials to be able to share lessons learned between countries as well as case studies on how the use of tools can help with improving WASH monitoring at national scale. The communication and lessons learned will help to develop more pilots, including on data analysis and visualisation (Lumen) in various countries as well as the start of implementation of water quality monitoring at national scale (Caddisfly).
Pilot project on IWRM and water quality with the Dutch waterboards
As a follow up of the work done in 2017, in 2018 pilot projects on data collection around IWRM and water quality will be developed. A pilot plan will be developed with the various local stakeholders to develop a pilot-project on datacollection on IWRM and Water Quality, showing the added value of digital datacollection (Flow and Caddisfly). The case will be used as an example to be replicated in other countries.
Development of pilots in irrigation and alignment with SDG’s
In 2018, we will be working with PARIIS to ensure that monitoring and evaluation in the PARIIS project is in line with the SDG’s. To achieve this, case studies and demo projects focusing on the added value of digital data collection and management in the irrigation sector will be developed.
Specific objectives 2018
Mali A1. To develop a sustainable partnership with the government in charge of sanitation (DNACPN) to ensure the collection of sanitation data B1 Develop the partnership with the DNGR and donors to start in 2018 with a first phase for the national irrigation Mapping Mali B2 To ensure that rice producers are able to use Akvo Flow and Akvo Lumen in an effective way to lobby based on evidence
Burkina Faso A1. Improve WASH monitoring & management at national level in West Africa B1 To develop use cases of Akvo tools in Volta basin management and with dutch water boards C1. Work on alignement of Pariis countries in transparent monitoring and service delivery C2. To create some use case around irrigation and agriculture"