Day 1 – Theme: The SMART Approach and other innovative approaches

Lecturers: SMART Centres, MetaMeta, S. Sutton

  • Opening and introduction (SOLDEV)
  • Expectations and getting to know each other + introduction of the organising organisations
  • The SMART Approach. An Introduction
  • SMART Centres around the world. Experiences and best and worst practices, including SMART Centre Group introduction
  • Self-supply (Self paid wells/supply) and supported Self supply. Its potential to reach SDG 6 and 5 other SDGs– various models and main benefits discussed in depth
  • From CBM to FBM. Changing the paradigm. From VLOM or Community Based Management to Family Based Management. Examples from Mozambique
  • Faith & Water. How faith based organisations help to reach the last mile, the remote, the small communities. Experiences from Mozambique and Malawi
  • Well clubs. Reducing cost of family wells by means of users doing all the labour
  • Safe water at Point of Use via Utilities. The example Ethiopia
  • SWAM. Explanation of Bold idea Safe Water for All in Malawi for 2US$ pp


Day 2 – Theme: Innovative technologies. SMARTechs for water supply, agriculture/ productive use, sanitation, Household Water Treatment

Lecturers SMART Centres, MetaMeta, SNV  

  • Wells and Manual drilling
  • Hand and Solar Pumps. 
  • Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. 6 different options including chemicals and household filters.
  • Rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge. Storage tanks (above and underground), tube recharge to avoid wells going dry, 3R options
  • Irrigation. Different options for drip irrigation, Rainmaker, Improved rain fed farming
  • Introduction to SMART Water for Agriculture by SNV
  • Sanitation Corbelled latrine, SaTopan latrines, different Pit latrines
  • Evaluations Rope pumps
  • Evaluation Table Top Filters
  • Visit to demonstration field


Day 3 – Theme: Business development, marketing support, coaching, future joint activities

Lecturers SMART Centres, MetaMeta, SNV

  • The Jacana model: Tool to select promising entrepreneurs
  • Tools to start and run a SMART Centre; USPs, clients
  • Coaching entrepreneurs; working with entrepreneurs; private sector development
  • mWater Monitoring evaluation, experiences Zambia and Malawi
  • Marketing SMARTechs – experiences from the ground by 2 Malawian entrepreneurs
  • Innovative marketing approaches – a.o. Try and Buy approach
  • Starting a SMART Centre, What does it take to start and run a SC, conditions to become a member
  • Cooperation. What can the SMART Centres do for you? What can you do for SMART Centres?
  • Evaluation. What did you learn? What did you miss?


Day 4 – Optional day,  Field visit  + network building 

  • Field visits with exercise
  • Morning Farmers, users SMARTechs
  • Afternoon Entrepreneurs producing SMARTechs
  • Maximising knowledge and skills and encouraging sharing through the SMART Centre Group
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