Dear Water Colleagues, great to be on this platform. My name is Boniface Aleobua, working for the African Development Bank, and currently based in Mozambique in Southern Africa.
In contributing to the current topic of Sustainability- water, sanitation and health the subject gets a bit clouded when analyzed in situations, where the governments, and people are not adequately blessed with adequate education and human capacity. This applies particularly, for countries still on the lower rungs of the developmental ladder, where adequate technical capacity to implement, and maintain water projects, is still patchy. What do we do and how do we do it, to ensure that all of the infrastructure which we support are maintained and allowed to function efficiently?
Over the past 20 years, technology has advanced at an encouraging pace, with the deployment of varying systems and tools, in the field of producing, and testing, treating our raw water, which for the scenario I have made reference to, this does not necessarily count as a benefit, due to complexities and patchy human capital development in some countries in Africa. The result is an inappropriate operation and upkeep of the numerous facilities implanted in many of these countries.
Let us keep it simple, and I say maybe we need not lose focus on the concept of Appropriate Technology, thereby ensuring that the technologies deployed in many such environments are not alien to the skills available locally or regionally to manage the systems Sustainably.
In order words, we need to continue to promote and push the newer technologies as well as the basic non complicated technologies alongside one another, in order to bring these within operation ability of respective beneficiaries. This way, we can continue to ensure that the systems that are put in place are sustainably managed for many more years to come.