Water and Sanitation Capacity Training in Developing Countries

The international community has long recognized the importance of water and sanitation as a building block in protecting the environment, improving public health, and promoting social progress. In attempting to expand water supply and sanitation services to the unserved and underserved populations throughout the developing world, industrial nations have generously participated in several landmark programs including the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981~1990) and the current International Decade for Action-Water for Life (2005-2015).

Despite their well-intentioned efforts, the effectiveness of donor-sponsored water and sanitation assistance programs in developing countries have a long history of sub-par performance with regard to quantifiable measures such as percentage of population served, proportion of the recovered project costs, and long-term sustainability. The primary reason behind the lackluster results isn't so much a question of will as it is an overestimation of the beneficiaries' abilities to handle the day-to-day administration, operation, and maintenance of their project.

The purpose of this project is to provide communities with the technical assistance, training, and monitoring needed to ensure that each community's water and sanitation systems are functioning properly. Dr. Rogers is currently working with several development agencies to develop and implement a new comprehensive training programs throughout Latin America.