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:

Platforms used by IRC

Over the last year and a half IRC has been going through an intensive process of brand and identity renewal.

Why? Basically because we’ve changed substantially in the last few years and our identity needs to reflect that change. Since 2007 we’ve been strengthening our belief – through large-scale research and evidence gathering – that the only solution to the crisis in water and sanitation for over two billion people is the development of sustainable services. In partnership with many WASH sector players and with major investors we’ve been mapping the complex processes and approaches required to do this. To walk the talk, we’ve opened country offices in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Uganda, and become part of long-term sector change processes in those countries with a growing network of partners. Continue reading Dr. Patrick Moriarty, CEO IRC welcomes you to IRC’s new site….

Crucial to the WASH information Consortium group is knowing what links and synergies can be found  through the different platforms that Consortium organisations are involved in.

This post provides an overview of IRC’s digital platforms as updated in April 2014.

Main IRC website

IRC blogs:

IRC Facebook pages:

IRC Twitter:

In addition, IRC uses the following other social media channels: Slide ShareYouTube and Linkedin.

Content Curation Metrics that Matter

Most content marketers rely on analytics such as page traffic, visitors, and shares – the same metrics they’d use for any other online marketing campaign. Content curation is a little different. It influences third-party content from other sources.

In these two key places (websites and newsletters)  you may present curated content, as well as the metrics that are especially relevant to these channels.

Site Analytics: A brand’s own website is perhaps the most obvious place to publish curated content. This might be a blog that showcases a mix of original and curated content or it could be a branded web portal.

Email Newsletters: Email is a great way to distribute curated content, because it serves as a push mechanism to get people to keep coming back to your site long after they visited. Popular curated newsletters include those from FierceMarkets and SmartBrief. Email open rates can be misleading (for instance, if someone has images disabled), so focus on these metrics instead.

By Pawan Deshpande, founder and CEO of Curata

Visit the “What’s next blog”  for examples of Site Analytics and E-mail Newsletters

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…

Click for reading the rest of the article:

Nonprofit Communications Trends Report!

To get your message to stand out from disorder you need to communicate more often key messages in visual format – particularly infographics. This report, the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report (Infographic), is a compilation and analysis from answers from 2 100 people and nonprofit professionals who completed the annual communication trends survey.


Platforms used by India Water Portal

Indian Water Portal:  Explore and contribute to India’s largest resource and platform focussed on water issues

Hindi Water Portal:

The Schools Water Portal:  (Will move inside the main IWP in the next few months)

The Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India: (Will move inside the main IWP in the next few months)

Indian Sanitation Portal In collaboration with WaterAid India:

Youtube Channel (

Slideshare Channel (

Twitter Account:

Facebook Account:

Flickr Photosets:

Archive of the weekly newsletters:

Data Library:

UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)

6th UN Water Dialogue of Casa Solans: Improving access to water and sanitation information and knowledge from the UN system

Date: 17 June 2013
Place: CENEAM. Valsaín, Segovia, Spain
Organiser: UNW-DPAC

This new UN Water Dialogue of Casa Solans will focus on water and sanitation information and knowledge management issues. The dialogue will be celebrated in the framework of the XII Seminar of Spanish documentation centres on the environment and natural protected areas, which takes place from 17 to 19 June 2013.

The dialogue will offer an opportunity to share different knowledge management practices and initiatives on water and sanitation inside and outside the UN system and will also include different training sessions in this field.

Among the initiatives which will be debated are the UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation, a UNW-DPAC initiative to improve access to UN publications on water and sanitation issues. Other initiatives include the 20-years experience of the Spanish information system on drinking-water, developed by the Ministry of Health of Spain, and the WASH Consortium group initiative by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. The dialogue will also include a series of training sessions, including a workshop on water and social media by iAgua, and a workshop on W3C standards by the Spanish section of the World Wide Web Consortium.

Click here to see the draft agenda.