Tool Developed by Collabera Receives UK Charity Award
London – October 24, 2011: International charity WaterAid received a high commendation for the development and effective use of its innovative water supply monitoring tool at The Charity Times Awards 2011. Named the ‘Water Point Mapper’, the novel tool received this commendation in the ‘Best Use of Technology’ category.
The monitoring and mapping of rural water supply services was a complex process involving the use of expensive Geographical Information System-based software tools. WaterAid joined hands with Collabera, a leading global IT solutions provider, to address this complexity.
The Water Point Mapper is free and a very user friendly method of monitoring water supply coverage. Collabera developed the tool in such a way that it can map the distribution and status of water supply services in developing countries. It can be used anywhere, providing an efficient way to identify and track which facilities are working – and where new ones are needed.
Aimed at local government planners and water, sanitation, hygiene field practitioners working on district, sub-district and village level water supply programmes, this tool can be used where there is minimal computer literacy and no internet connectivity.
Since piloting the technology in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, WaterAid, together with the Lilongwe Water Board, have planned and constructed 65 water kiosks to improve water supplies for poor communities. The project showed the tool could be easily used by local staff to produce powerful and effective maps. The Water Point Mapper is now being used in a number of districts in Kenya and Ethiopia, East Africa – a region experiencing its worst drought in 60 years – and where accurate mapping is critical for ensuring long term water security.
WaterAid uses this tool for planning, equity and improved governance, financing, monitoring & evaluation and service sustainability assessment at the District, Sub District and Village level. The charity is also using the mapper to monitor the sustainability of its programme work for the next ten years, as part of its Sustainability Framework.
About Charity Times Awards
The Charity Times Awards recognise outstanding professionals – individuals and teams in the charity sector, dedicated to doing great work in difficult and competitive conditions. The Awards incorporate the whole range of disciplines within charitable management: from governance, finance, fundraising and campaigning through to the use of technology and the application of sound business principles. In addition, recognition is afforded to those professional service companies working most creatively and effectively within the sector. For more information on the Charity Times Awards 2011, click here.
Established in 1991, Collabera is a leading, global, end-to-end information technology consulting, services and solutions company. Collabera focuses on helping businesses “bridge the execution gap” and experience accelerated business performance. Its client-centric philosophy, commitment to service excellence and a Collaborative Engagement Model enables its global 2000 and leading mid-market clients to succeed in today’s global digital economy. With over 6000 professionals operating from 19 locations and 3 extended development centers worldwide, Collabera provides onsite, offsite and offshore technology consulting, services and solutions to leading financial services, technology, communications & media, manufacturing, retail & logistics as well as energy & utility corporations. The privately held company has offices in the U.S., Europe, and India including three delivery centers. Collabera has won numerous awards for its software excellence – some of the