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A case study presentation delivered by Katie Allan and Susan Kung'u, GHARP/KRA, at Information for Change 2010, Nairobi, Kenya, 21st September 2010.

A case study presentation delivered by Katie Allan and Susan Kung'u, GHARP/KRA, at Information for Change 2010, Nairobi, Kenya, 21st September 2010.

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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…
    • Introduction (overview of GHARP’s work)
    • GHARP’s communications now!
    • Digital integration so far…
    • Challenges
    • 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