ICT4WASH102: ICT for Water Service Providers

November 6 - December 1, 2017

This is a highly-interactive one-month eLearning (online) course on ICT for Water Service Providers and other WASH sector stakeholders.

For more information, contact: info@ict4wash.com.

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“One of the best courses I have enrolled in. I really enjoyed it.” Amani Murshed, Senior ICT Assistant, UNICEF, Yemen

“ICT4WASH102 is a very important course that brings on board the latest technology that can be utilized in WSPs to improve on their efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery. I highly recommend the course to all stakeholders in this sector.” Moses R Mwesigwa, Director, Amazing Enterprises Limited, Uganda

“Think you know all there is about WASH? Think Again!!!” Dr. Nathaniel G. George, WOFAN, Nigeria

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Background

ICT4WASH102 first ran in mid-2017 with 4 facilitators, 9 guest experts, and 50 participants from 16 countries.

The results were incredible. Senior managers and staff from Water Service Providers (WSPs), humanitarian organizations, non-profits, NGOs, government, and the private sector came together for 4 weeks to learn from each other, facilitators, and guest experts in online discussion forums, live events and practical exercises. 

Participants read and watched their way through dynamic, self-guided content at their own pace, tested (and developed) various mobile and web-based technologies, and learned principles and guidelines needed to implement ICT solutions in their organizations.

There is strong evidence that the course improved individuals’ skills and knowledge, and will lead to longer-term institutional impacts, as many participants will transfer their skills and knowledge to colleagues, and implement one or more ICT solutions in their organization.

Now that they are part of the ICT4WASH network, these former participants now have access to a wealth of resources and connections for achieving their objectives.

With the momentum from the pilot, we are re-launching ICT4WASH102 in November 2017, and opening the doors for more participants to join our growing network. For inquiries, email: info@ict4wash.com

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Course Description

The objective of this course is to build the practical capacity of participants to design and implement appropriate technological solutions for improving the provision of reliable, safe, sustainable, and affordable water and sanitation services.

Senior managers and staff from Water Service Providers (WSPs), humanitarian organizations, non-profits, NGOs, government, and the private sector are invited to collaboratively discuss and learn how new information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be harnessed to reduce non-revenue water (NRW) and improve services provision, customer satisfaction, revenue collection, finances, and asset management.

Ranging from the basics of ICT (hardware, software and networks), to the advanced (Internet of Things (IoT), smart metering, mobile payments, GIS, etc.), participants are exposed to a wide range of technologies already being used in the sector. Case studies examine existing approaches (both which have succeeded and failed so that participants don’t ‘reinvent the wheel’), as well as cutting edge approaches to:

  • Mobile payments and billing
  • Web-based and mobile fault reporting and data collection
  • Mobile-enabled meter reading
  • Collecting data automatically, through sensors, AMR/AMI, etc.
  • Web-based and mobile mapping of network assets and customers
  • Visualizing information collected from the field on an online “dashboard”
  • Receiving complaints from customers through SMS, or online
  • Sending customers information through SMS or on social media


Course Topics

Module 1 – Introduction to ICT in WASH

This module introduces information and communication technologies and trends, as well as WASH sector and Water Service Provider challenges. It introduces the primary ways in which ICTs can be applied in the WASH sector to solve these challenges.

Module 2 – Tech Deep Dive

Module 2 consists of a thorough overview of topics including mobile data solutions, components of mobile data collection (including mobile devices, mobile data collection clients, data transfer methods, server-side components, and data analysis, management, sharing and visualization), crowdsourcing, internet of things (IoT), Smart Metering and mobile money. 

Module 3 – Principles of Design and Implementation

Throughout Module 3 participants are guided through the various stages of planning, designing, developing, and implementing an ICT solution. This week also provides principles and guidelines needed to move forward with solutions in a sustainable and scalable way.

Module 4 – ICT in Action

Module 4 goes into depth on traditional and ICT-enabled approaches to meter reading, asset and customer registration and mapping, and fault reporting and job tracking. Customer Identification Surveys (CIS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are introduced, as well as mobile-enabled approaches to tracking and resolving customer complaints and faults.

Teaching Method

The course is highly interactive, but designed for working professionals so participants can engage with the content and each other at their own pace.

It consists of dynamic self-guided content (text, graphics, videos, articles, papers), case studies, discussion forums and scenario-based exercises. Each week there are one or more live and interactive guest expert presentations and Q&As with leading water and sanitation specialists, researchers, and ICT solutions providers (see past guest experts on the right).

Participants in this course engage in technology demos and practical exercises, testing and using (and even developing) mobile and web-based solutions. These include mobile data collection apps, cloud-based databases, and custom and off-the-shelf mobile and geospatial solutions available on the market.

This course uses the innovative TechPoints system, which allows participants to gain TechPoints based on their participation in the course. When participants gain 100 TechPoints, complete a Final Project, and fill out the course evaluation, they are awarded a Course Certificate.

At the moment, ICT4WASH is only offered only in English, although future runs of this course and future courses will be available in additional languages.

Price

The fee for participation in the one-month course is $200, which helps us cover tutoring and facilitation and platform costs.

A limited number of scholarships are available for applicants. Please indicate in your application if you are requesting a scholarship.

Group discount rates are available for water service providers, associations, NGOs, and training institutes.

For more details, please contact us at info@ict4wash.com

Team/Partners

ICT4WASH102 was developed by Wakoma Incorporated, with support from colleagues and partners in East and Southern Africa.

The course uses an innovative and unique online social learning platform developed by TechChange.

Special thanks to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Coca Cola Foundation of the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) and Global Water Challenge, and Upande, an innovative Nairobi-based social enterprise, for supporting the pilot run of this course.

Participant Requirements

In order to obtain a certificate at the end of the course, participants are required to:

  • Obtain 100 Points, through engaging with self-guided content, watching live or recorded discussions, and participating in discussion forums.
  • Complete a Final Project
  • Fill out a course Evaluation

We recommend that participants budget a minimum commitment of 5-7 hours per week, and schedule time for the course around their existing obligations.

In order to get the most out of this course, all participants should obtain access to an Android-based smartphone for at least 1-2 hours per week. If you don’t own this type of device, we recommend checking to see if you can borrow one from a friend or colleague. The device should have WiFi connectivity, and GPS functionality.

Testimonials

“It is a valuable course that has changed my knowledge levels on how ICT can change and improve efficiencies and effectiveness in wash operations and enhance sustainability in the sector.” Gift Monde, Director of Operations, Southern Water and Sewerage Company Limited, Zambia

“The course activities were brilliant idea. They gave you the real feeling of whats happening in the field, as you practice each step its very hard to forget.” Martha Kabuzya, Executive Secretary, Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers (ATAWAS), Tanzania

“This course is an eye opener, kindly colleagues in the water sector please if given a chance this course is can be of much benefit to you as a person and our wsps. We should not say this is for ICT staff only course, I believe everyone in the wsps should update him/herself of what is happening in the sector in matters ICT. This course can uplift wsps to be at bar with others worldwide.” Gilbert Rotich, Technical Manager, Kapsabet Nandi Water and Sanitation Company., Kenya

“It is a phenomenal experience on how ICTs can make our lives even easier.” Philip Chilala, Billing Coordinator, SWASCO, Zambia

“This is an excellent start. the course enables individuals get other peoples /country's experiences and emulates ways of improving their utility. it is globally participated.” Jerusah K. Muhanji, Billing Officer, Narok Water and Sewerage Company Ltd, Kenya

“This is a very good course that can give you an idea of sample world wide implemented projects that uses ICT technologies to better Monitor, Manage, develop and sustain the water and sanitation facilities in Third world countries.” Rami Alaryan, ICT Assistant, UNICEF, Sudan

“The course is excellent, content easy to access, discussions and help always there when you are stuck. connecting with other people is easy and activities are properly aligned per week and communicated in advance, talk less of the presentations that are awsome too. I think the whole course experience was more great! If you planning on doin it just do it.” Emmanuel Nyirenda, Billing Specialist, Lukanga Water & Sewerage Company Ltd., Zambia

“Definitely I would recommend any future courses to my colleagues, why? simply because its different and unique of the way you guys present and prepare for session, having live demonstration from experts showing what they have done step-by-step and active engagement with participate, to this is more than what I am looking for.” Soheib Elsheikh, ICT Manager, UNICEF, Sudan

“ICT4wash is an encounter required by all wsp in kenya and beyond. It was great to have an idea of what happens around the world in regard to solutions and challenges after interacting with participants from different parts of the world. I enjoyed the facilitation by the wonderful experts who took time to expound on topics covered and answered questions satisfactorily.” Emily Kamiri, ICT Officer, Limuru Water and Sewerage Company Ltd, Kenya

“ICT for WASH is more that just software, it is a good way of developing sustainable solutions for WASH.” Mevazara Rakotoson, Programme Officer, WSUP, Madagascar

“The course was educative, interactive and opener to various ICT tech available for water supply management. ICT4WASH eLearning course for me was the shared benefit of access to the confluence of thoughts, best practices, varied market insights on responsible management of WASH infrastructure.” Ephantus Maina, Technical Services Manager, Muranga Water and Sanitation Company Limited, Kenya

Next Session

None upcoming...

Previous Guest Experts

Dr. Annie Feighery - Founding Partner and CEO, mWater

Eng. Joseph Terer- Managing Director, Kericho Water and Sanitation Company (KEWASCO)

Rosemary Rop - Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank

Dr. Evan Thomas - CEO, SweetSense

Cory MacVie - Product Manager, Fulcrum

Brian Banks - Global Environment and Technology Foundation; Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx)

Technical Requirements

Hardware

In order to get the most out of this course, all participants should obtain access to an Android-based smartphone for at least 1-2 hours per week. If you don’t own this type of device, we recommend checking to see if you can borrow one from a friend or colleague. The device should have WiFi connectivity, and GPS functionality.

Software

Flash: Flash Player 10 or later, and one of the following browsers:

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 6 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Safari 3 and later, Google Chrome, Opera 9.5 and later
  • Mac: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome
  • Linux: Firefox 1.x and later

HTML5:

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 6 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Safari 3 and later, Google Chrome, Opera 9.5 and later
  • Mac: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome
  • Linux: Firefox 1.x and later
  • Apple iOS: Articulate Mobile Player; Apple iOS 5.0 or later on iPad

Recommended Browsers

We recognize that all of you are taking the course on different computers with different capabilities and varying connection speeds, so we’ve tried our best to make sure that content is widely accessible and interoperable. We will have a dedicated tech support team available by email throughout the course should you require it, but ideally we can get everyone sorted out tech-wise before the course begins.

The platform will work on all major browsers, but we strongly recommend using the most up to date version of your browser and having the most recent version of flash installed.

We recommend the following browsers in the following order:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari - Mac Only
  • Opera 

Participant Voices

  • “The course is entirely an eye opener and has confirmed possibilities due to the sharing in the platform from different colleagues.”
  • “I learnt easier ways of coming up with ICTs that will help our WSP to move forward in data capturing and conducting surveys.”
  • “Was scared that it might be too technical but it was not. And was great to learn best practices.”
  • “I really have found the whole course is very interesting and useful for me to have an idea how ICT can be used and deployed for WSP’s.”
  • “The course covered what I expected and more, it is really fit to the WSPs. I learned a lot and more than I expected, as WASH NGO.”
  • “Building the app made me feel like a software programmer for a second. It was much easier than I feared it would be.”
  • “I gained a lot from the discussions and contributions given by other participants. Gave me the ideas of how others are solving some of the challenges that we are facing.”
  •  “I am looking forward to sharing this knowledge with my colleagues”