This briefing series was developed under IRC’s Triple-S project. It is intended as a resource for decision makers in the rural water supply sector (financing, policy and programme design and implementation). It outlines building blocks for sustainable delivery of water services – such as indicators and targets, aid harmonisation, and professionalisation of community management – and provides evidence and examples from actual practice. It reviews progress in their adoption and sets out an agenda for the coming five years for rural water sectors striving to ensure full coverage and sustainable services. Developing a strategy to realise sustainable services at scale means addressing the building blocks in an integrated but sequenced way, whilst recognising the unique challenges and opportunities in every country. This note considers the trends and drivers that are shaping rural water sectors and highlights areas where more support and development is needed (conceptually and in practice). Many of the trends identified are long-term, playing out across the next decades, but focus was made upon actions that can be addressed within five years. In this, the experience of focus countries of another study (Lockwood, H.; Smits, S. 2010. Moving Towards a Service Delivery Approach. Practical Action Publishing. 202 p.) on supporting rural water was used as representative of a range of developmental contexts. (Link)
Smits, S.; Lockwood, H. 2015. Reimagining Rural Water Services: The Future Agenda, An Introduction to Ten Building Blocks to Support Sustainable Service Delivery – Briefing Note, Building Blocks for Sustainability Series. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Triple-s, Aguaconsult. 8 p.