Working in remote locations like Nepal, often with restricted access to high-speed internet can make it difficult for humanitarian workers in the field to find advice. However, a recent upgrade to the KnowledgePoint platform, funded by
Elhra’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), means that humanitarians now have access to a global network of over 150 technical experts, even in low-bandwidth conditions. KnowledgePoint experts have at least 10 years of experience in their chosen specialism and must be able to demonstrate that they are recognised within their field of expertise.
It was the support of this network, and the context-specific advice she received that empowered Lisa to move to the next phase of the project:
“The information that I received gave me the confidence to go back to the funders with a recommendation about laying the pipe underground and allowed us to move forward with the project.”
Lisa’s decision helped to reduce the likely maintenance costs to the Arguhat community, increasing the potential life-span of the pipeline and making the project more sustainable.
Planning for the Arguhat water supply project in Nepal is now underway and the Bassenthwaite Rotary Club is in the process of raising funds to support the project, with the aim of completing the water supply by 2018.
The recent upgrade to KnowledgePoint includes improved user experience, increased data security and innovative use of gaming technology. You can see the KnowledgePoint forum at www.knowledgepoint.org and find Lisa's post if you search for 'Rural gravity water supply in Nepal'.