Demonstration Training Centre & model green building in Warri, Nigeria
This idea is expanding and strengthening a global network of in-country centres sharing experiences and model approaches to development in one or more of three main focus areas - water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), renewable energy, and agricultural development.
Key problems in development:
- The need for systemic support i.e. program rather than project thinking; For example funders often seek specific solutions such as wells drilled, rather than addressing the systemic issues behind poor water, sanitation, hygiene, which results in failed projects and lost investments over time.
- Mistakes are repeated (projects failing, wrong technology, no long-term plan etc.) because lessons learned aren't captured and shared, and so do not become lessons used.
By developing a network of in-country centres these problems are addressed by :
- The network provides access by each centre to the knowledge and experience of other centres, and to the network of advisors and contacts that Transform has developed to help answer questions, address problems, and seeking funding;
- Centres make a long term commitment to a region which builds trust and knowledge;
- Centres can demonstrate, train, share, test, assess, and adapt possible solutions, building capacity within the region, so that people know where to turn to access knowledge and skills to help themselves achieve a better life;
- Centres provide feedback loops which allow lessons from the field to be fed back, improved, and shared helping to put knowledge-into-practice.
- Training and capacity building fosters small business solutions to development that provide sustainability and scale-up.
- By doing a better job of addressing basic development issues, in ways that are sensitive to the environment, gender, and conflict, this idea addresses peace, prosperity, and our planet.
To further develop this idea funding is needed to:
1. Adapt existing open source training and develop new training programs for member CTCs in core areas. This includes programs that help the member organizations be the best they can be - governance, finance, leadership, and how to be a learning organization. Also programs on technical issues that increase capacity to train and build knowledge in their respective regions.
2. Operating funding to allow the network to refine the value proposition for member centres, hire a training lead, and technology lead, and to evaluate the impact of network and member centres on sustainable development in their regions.
3. Work with the northern Malawi CTC to implement WASH in health clinics, train trainers, coach and mentor health facility staff, and improve WASH facilities in a select group of clinics, monitor and evaluate for scale up to other CTCs.
4. Work with the southern Nigeria (Niger Delta) CTC to develop, in collaboration with users, experts, and NGO representatives, a menu of sanitation technology options that are safe, affordable, and made with locally available materials, so that the appalling sanitation conditions in the region (rampant open defecation) can be addressed through sanitation marketing and behaviour change initiatives.