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Rope pump - For wells down to 35 m, rope pumps are often five times cheaper and more sustainable than piston pumps. Evaluations show that rope pumps on communal wells are being maintained by the users, if introduced properly. 90% of rope pumps remain operational, even after many years. Because of its low cost, the pump is also popular for domestic use. A survey among 5,025 rural families in Nicaragua indicates that a rope pump increases income, even if used for domestic purposes only. More about Rope pumps
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"In the case of water Sub-Saharan Africa has by far the lowest coverage rates (55%), though most people without clean water live in South Asia. For sanitation the deprivation is more evenly spread. Coverage in South Asia is almost as low as in Sub-Saharan Africa, with two of every three people in both regions lacking access." Human Development Report 2006, UNDP
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The Akvopedia structure project is a small Wiki sub-project of the Akvo community to define structure of the Akvopedia. The structure needs to be such that it is easy to find information in the Akvopedia. In reality the structure is just a set of links between pages, as there is no real hierarcy in the MediaWiki system, and it is up to us to define it.
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The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is a co-founder of Akvo. NWP is an independent body set up by the Dutch private and public sectors. They nationally coordinate water activities overseas and provide relevant information regarding these activities. The organisation acts as focal point in the exchange of information among the more than 130 Dutch members. Read more about NWP on the organisations page.
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