- Using roundabout pumps
- Civil society development tools
- Remotely monitoring contractors in IDP camps
- How to conduct sustainable livelihood surveys?
- Microcredit loan pool accounting
- Codan transmission after an earthquake
Can you offer any insights or pointers to useful information/contacts on these topics? Thank you.
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USING ROUNDABOUT PUMPS
Have you used the South African-developed roundabout pump or seen one in action? Claire Bader is looking for information. Is maintenance any problem? What about access to spare parts? Are there any limitations on water-table depth? Join the discussion at Aid Workers Forum
CIVIL SOCIETY DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
Caroline Parkes could use a manual on developing civil society in the field. Which organisations are most likely to have a "tool box" she could borrow on the subject of civil society? Join the discussion at Aid Workers Forum
REMOTELY MONITORING CONTRACTORS IN IDP CAMPS
Hester Kapur is in Uganda, monitoring contractors working in 35 IDP camps, implementing water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion projects. However, the situation is insecure and she can't visit the field to see the work. She asks, "What systems would you put in place to ensure that the work is of good quality and done in a timely manner?" Join the discussion at Aid Workers Forum
AWN members in Kenya are planning a networking event in Nairobi. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you going to Interaction Forum, 17-19 May in Washington DC? Email email@example.com if you would like to meet up.
HOW TO CONDUCT SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD SURVEYS?
Jay recommends CARE's training and facilitation manual on household livelihood security, and provides a link to this and other materials on livelihoods. Also, the Livelihoods Connect website is an excellent resource on livelihoods generally. Merry offers to share her just-completed thesis on conducting an emergency food security and livelihoods assessment. One chapter is a manual. Continue the discussion at Aid Workers Forum
MICROCREDIT LOAN POOL ACCOUNTING
Dave has two suggestions: (1) Concentrate first on the practical aspects--is it logical, legal, acceptable to all parties--then prepare and implement a step-by-step action plan. Accounting entries will simply reflect your actions. (2) Seek professional advice from an expert. A plan is important, Ramymoftah agrees and advises asking these important questions: What percentage of funding is from donors and what from the private sector? How much equity do the owners have in the project? Any donor restrictions on the money? Swithun provides a brief, lucid explanation of possibilities for the accounting entries. Basically, determine who owns the assets and liabilities. If you keep the cash when the program ends, transfer both assets and liabilities to your books. If the donor retains rights to the assets, then the donor retains liability risk, and all entries reflect a net asset position of 0. Assets always equal liabilities; that is, cash and debtors are offset by a liability to the funder. Work out the contract in advance or risk going badly bust. The IRC has more information in their accounting manual. Continue the discussion at Aid Workers Forum
HF RADIO TRANSMISSION AFTER EARTHQUAKES
Zaw Bo tells us that Codan high-frequency transceivers rely mainly on radiowave propagation through the ionosphere. Earthquakes can induce perturbations in the ionosphere, which might inhibit radiowave propagation and thus cause loss of Codan communication. Technical support personnel at Codan, Inc., say that earthquakes affecting high-frequency radiowave propagation "is pretty much unheard of." They'd like to know what other factors were present that might have caused the problem. Continue the discussion at Aid Workers Forum.
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