The Water Network app for Android and IPhone!

The Water Network has launched an app for Android and IPhone to access global water experts, knowledge and breaking news. With the app you can among others: 

  • Discover professionals with expertise of interest to you
  • Meet attendees at Singapore International Water Week and other water events
  • Access a global Q&A knowledge bank
  • Breaking water news, filterable by category
​To get started, you need to first download the app and login.
In this presentation you can see how it works.
Problems downloading or installing the app? Contact:

How is social media shaping academia

“All the disciplines have become more and more specialized and more and more quantitative, making them less and less accessible to the general public,” notes Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and now the president of the New America Foundation.

Nick Kristof got a big response this weekend to his appeal for more academic to act   like public intellectuals. In this post you will find more about his worries on Twitter.

Related, the student policy review at Georgetown interviewed me a couple of weeks ago, which you might say helps bolster Kristof’s point. This is my answer to, “What would you say this new era of technology has brought to development economics and academia?”

I think research papers are finding a much wider audience. Let’s say you like to follow stories on women’s empowerment or international development, previously you would’ve had to wait for The Economist to cover an article, or you would’ve had to go out and search for it yourself…

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ImplementIng effectIve knowledge management in emergencies: a case study from Somalia WASH cluster

Somalia1_2013Year of publication: 2013

This learning paper captures the experience of the Somalia WASH Cluster and draws lessons on how an effective knowledge management system can be developed and implemented. The paper aims to provide an example framework of a successful knowledge management system that can be adapted by other national WASH Clusters to support a predictable, effective, timely and coherent WASH emergency preparedness and response.

The paper will first outline the concept of knowledge management before featuring the key aspects of the knowledge management system in Somalia: basic components; challenges and actions; knowledge flow; backbones of the system; and feedback from the system users.

Lastly, it will highlight lessons learned from this experience.

The experience of the Somalia WASH Cluster demonstrates the importance of knowledge management in ensuring greater predictability and accountability in humanitarian response, while at the same time strengthening partnerships. Continue reading

23 Things: Web 2.0 tutorials for librarians

23 things” is a popular learning programme originally designed in 2006 to introduce web 2.0 tools like Flickr, wikis, Facebook etc to librarians.

One of the sites with the 23 Things course modules is that of Vermont’s 23 things bog hosted by the Vermont Department of Libraries.

There is also a blog where more “things” are being added called 23 Web 2.0 Things Challenge.


As water is widely regarded as a public good, and there is a growing international movement to get safe drinking water and sanitation recognised as human rights, it follows that there should be free and unrestricted access to information on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Removing access barriers to this information will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning and best practices of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, increase transparency, and make this information as useful as it can be for all those supporting safe water and sanitation for all.

In the rush towards reaching target 7C of the MDGs, a tendency emerges to concentrate on the funding of “hardware” (construction), without balancing the necessary inputs in “software” (capacity development, knowledge management). This increases the risk of ignoring the lessons learned from investment, programme failures and relevant best practices – particularly when this information is not readily available or easily accessible.

This blog will provide updates on activities and tools that support the removal of access barriers to WASH information especially through the promotion of open access and information literacy.