regional network: what we have

tiredbeginnerInternet and Web Development

Dec 8, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Susan Kung’u Finance and Administration Officer

Katie Allan Information and Communication Officer

GHARP/KRA

Applying digital technology in a
regional network: what we have
learned and are still learning


GHARP case study 2010


We will discuss…

1.
Introduction (overview of GHARP’s work)

2.
GHARP’s communications now!

3.
Digital integration so far…

4.
Challenges

5.
Future plans




1. Introduction

A regional network of non
-
profit national rainwater
associations from the Greater Horn of Africa
countries



Ethiopia Rainwater Association (ERHA)


Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA)


Rainwater Association of Somalia (RAAS)


Rainwater Association of Tanzania (RHAT)


Uganda Rainwater Association (URWA)


Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater
Partnership (GHARP)


Vision

That all people have access to safe,
reliable, and sustainable water supplies
for productive uses


Mission

To improve:



water supply



food security



environmental sustainability


through development, improvement, and
promotion of rainwater harvesting and
management (RHM) systems and
complementary technologies in
partnership with other stakeholders.

GHARP’S project work


Rainwater harvesting in
rural areas, Kenya



Domestic rainwater
harvesting & capacity
building, Uganda



Promotion of rainwater
harvesting initiatives,
Ethiopia



Advocacy & community
-
based projects, Somalia


Focus on KRA 1

Water pan, livestock trough, farm pond, & drip irrigation

School rainwater harvesting and sanitation systems

Focus on KRA 2

Rock catchment systems, sand dams, sub
-
surface dams

Focus on KRA 3

Bee
-
keeping, tree
-
planting, animal
-
drawn dam scoop, & hay baler

Focus on KRA 4

2. GHARP’S communications now!

1.
Mvua

newsletter (hardcopy &
electronic)


2. Annual reports & strategic
plans (hardcopies & electronic)


3. GHARP Website


4. GHARP Facebook and Twitter


5. Presentations at conferences


6. Occasional radio, TV, and
press pieces


GHARP’S audiences


Water NGOs


Our members and partners, including the
GHARP network of rainwater orgs


Potential funders/donors


Government (especially water, irrigation,
and agriculture)


Community
-
based organisations (CBOs)


Farmers

Purpose of our communications


Promoting the importance of rainwater
harvesting and management (RHM).


Selling the idea of RHM as a low
-
cost and
sustainable option for poverty reduction.


Communicating across the GHARP network


Technical knowledge
-
sharing.


Sharing information on the work of our partners,
project updates etc…


Ensuring RHM is visible to Government.

3. Digital integration so far…



Website upgrade


Building a Facebook fan base


Building a Twitter network


Google Booksearch

Current GHARP website


A focal point for information


Project summaries


Photos


Contact details


But…



Created in 2001


Static site (Dreamweaver)


Complicated to update


Collaboration not possible


No database or method for
storing member info


No option for online
donations


www.gharainwater.org

GHARP website upgrade


A focal point for information &
sharing (
blog
)


Interactive

project summaries


Photos,
video, audio


Members/partners section
with
database


Resource centre


Content management system
(CMS)


Dynamic site


Collaboration
IS

possible


Twitter, Facebook, RSS


E
-
commerce option (ie
donations via website)


www.gharainwater.org

Facebook and Twitter


Important for building a
following and fan base


Push and pull effect


Regular updates on
projects across the
GHARP network


Announcing events


Networking with other
like
-
minded organisations


Twitter = 31 followers


Facebook = 41 fans

www.facebook.com/GHARP.water

and
http://twitter.com/GHARP.rainwater


Google Booksearch

Downloadable

sections

Hard copy book

digitised

Option to purchase

Options for advertising

revenue

Challenges


Low broadband capability (changing with new fibre
-
optic
cable).


Technical complexity of Dreamweaver (some html
knowledge preferable).


Sourcing a web design supplier in Nairobi


cost versus
quality.


Ensuring site design which has impact in both East
Africa and in main donor countries.


Issues with ISP and hosting services in Kenya.


Managing digital integration as a small NGO network on
a low budget.


Decisions & investment on use of languages in addition
to English (Kiswahili, Amharic, local languages).



Future plans


Completion of our upgraded website & training on CMS.


Growing our Facebook & Twitter fans/followers.


Linking Facebook updates to farmers and CBO’s using mobile
technology (Opera Mini).


Encouraging information sharing and debate via the GHARP blog
and especially with the GHARP network.


Encouraging donations & funding via the website.


Animated maps of project sites (Googlemaps?)


Animated map of technical components of a rainwater harvesting
system


Earning revenue via Google Booksearch.


Monitoring website usage via Google Analytics.


More radio slots with promotion of website for further info.


Translation of selected hard copy & digital text into Kiswahili,
Amharic, and local languages.


Thank you

Thank you