Clean water and sanitation are basic necessities for good health and a foundation for economic growth. Developed with Cisco support, Akvo FLOW is a mobile tool that collects and analyzes data on water projects in the developing world. Aid organizations use FLOW to gauge the effectiveness of their work and its impact on people.
Scarce sources of clean and reliable water and poor sanitation harm communities around the world. International aid organizations have worked for decades to provide solutions. However, because their projects are typically located in remote and dispersed locations, it is hard to gather the right information to determine if they are effective.
Information gathering in the field is often done manually and is not conducive to sharing or analysis. FLOW changes that by harnessing mobile technology.
More than 200 organizations, including UNICEF, Millennium Water Alliance, and Water For People, use FLOW to report, publish, monitor, and evaluate their work in 42 countries. FLOW helps determine if water points are improved, if the majority of community members have access to them, if there is enough drinking water 365 days a year, and if the quality of water available meets standards.
With 3 years of data* now collected via FLOW, Water For People’s analysis of its projects shows such positive trends as:
* 2012 to 2014