A Tool for Monitoring the Scaling Up of Water and Sanitation Technologies (TAF: Technology Applicability Framework)

The topics of the RWSN Mini Webinar Series 2016 include the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, Self-Supply, Sustainability of Services and the Technology Applicability Framework. The format includes 1-2 presentation from a presenter, comments from one or several discussants, and a Question & Answer session where all participants are invited to ask questions or make comments. This webinar, recorded on November 16, 2016, focuses on a tool called TAF (Technology Applicability Framework) and it's used for screening, evaluating and scaling up water and sanitation technologies. 

TAF provides a neutral approach for investigation of WASH technological innovation through an objective examination of criteria in the key dimensions:

  • Technology performance
  • Market potential and scalability
  • Institutional support
  • Innovation and planning
  • Sustainability of service provision
  • Potential and process uptake of new technologies

The TAF comprises a screening assessment that does an initial assessment of the need for that technology in the context in which it is going to be applied and identify any show-stoppers. Those that pass this then undergo a more thorough assessment that uses 18 scoring sheets based on the six sustainability indicators above for three distinct perspectives: the user, the producer/implementer, and the regulator/investor.

The session (60 min) features the following content:

  1. Short introduction to the TAF (Sean Furey, RWSN)
  2. TAF: A Planning and Monitoring Tool for Participative Engagement (Joshua Briemberg, WaterAid, Nicaragua)
  3. Scaling up sanitation solutions in Afghanistan (Younes Hassib, GIZ, Germany)

After the presentation, a Q&A session took place, which evolved around the questions on how the TAF tool can be adapted to different needs, how different organizations used and adjusted it, and around practical issues related to the implementation of the tool.

56 minutes
Publication Date: 
16 Nov 2016

Rural Water Supply Network

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Rural Water Supply Network