- Akvo strategic partners
Akvo strategic partners
The organisation: The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is occupied with external relations of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, including European cooperation and an international development budget worth more than €5 billion per year.
The partnership: In 2011 we embarked on a pilot with two key departments of the Ministry of Development Cooperation to bring the Dutch government’s water and sanitation aid spend portfolio online, as we help to increase transparency.
The organisation: The Dutch WASH Alliance is a €45 million, 5 year aid programme that aims to empower communities and realise sustainable water and sanitation solutions for two million people in nine developing countries. It comprises of Simavi, Amref, WASTE, RAIN Foundation, ICCO and Akvo.
The partnership: Akvo’s activities focus on supporting the 132 local consortium partners to use our online system optimally. This includes providing training in internet and SMS reporting, helping them to use film as a reporting tool and stimulating knowledge-sharing through Akvopedia and other knowledge-sharing tools.
The organisation: Connect4Change is a €45 million, 5 year aid programme that aims to strengthen 136 partner organisations through the sustainable use of ICT in health, economic development and education programmes. It comprises of IICD, Cordaid, ICCO, Edukans, Text to Change and Akvo.
The partnership: Akvo will extend its current platform for use by the consortium in these sectors, and develop new software features to support this expansion as well as improve the current platform.
The organisation: Open for Change is a network for transparency, collaboration and impact in international development, founded in the Netherlands. It aims to increase access to data, knowledge and software applications within the global development sector and especially within the Dutch network of collaborating organisations.
The partnership: Akvo is a founding partner in the network and supports its mission. It plays an active role in coordinating Dutch efforts in this area, works to assist the Dutch government in opening up data, and helps organise events that bring relevant people together across Europe.
The organisation: 1%Club is a marketplace that connects smart development projects with people, money and knowledge around the world. Based in Amsterdam, it is focused on engaging individuals and groups to commit one per cent of their time and money to international development projects.
The partnership: The 1%Club and Akvo are working together to coordinate software development and are working to establish a workspace for like-minded organisations, located in Amsterdam.
The organisation: Since its foundation in 1968, the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) has encouraged the sharing, promotion and use of knowledge so that governments, professionals and organisations can better support poor men, women and children in developing countries to obtain water and sanitation services they will use and maintain.
The partnership: IRC was one of Akvo's initial partners and is committed to opening up its knowledge resources via the Akvopedia. Its team is actively working to develop Akvopedia, including structure, content and processes. IRC has been pioneering the use of Akvo FLOW in a number of countries in Africa, including its Triple-S initiatives in Ghana and Burkina Faso. It is also a key partner in WaterCube.tv, a unique event-based video project that has to date brought more than 500 interviews online, featuring people working in the water and sanitation sector. There is more about our partnership with IRC in this article here: Working with IRC (March 2012).
The organisation: This fast-growing online media company is building the largest pan-African news and content agency, with more than 2000 local reporters in 50 African countries and counting.
The partnership: Africa Interactive and Akvo have developed "Simple Video Reports", a low-cost video product that we offer to Akvo partners. Local African reporters visit projects and publish short videos online. These help bring projects to life online, help raise funds and demonstrate project progress.
The organisation: Aqua for All focuses on direct access for the poor in rural and peri-urban areas to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. It supports small and large scale water projects, initiated by local community-based organisations. The organisation is a strong proponent of appropriate technologies, helping develop promising low cost technologies in water exploration, treatment and storage.
The partnership: Aqua for All helps make the Akvo system available to small projects run as private initiatives, by providing ongoing screening and quality control. As founder of the Walking for Water initiative it has commissioned Akvo to coordinate the international expansion of this popular schools campaign.
The organisation: Arghyam is an Indian charitable foundation working in the water sector since 2005. Arghyam seeks to support strategic and sustainable efforts in the water sector that address basic water needs for all citizens. Arghyam manages the India Water Portal, an open, inclusive, web-based platform for sharing water management knowledge amongst practitioners and the general public.
The partnership: Akvo and Arghyam share knowledge and best-practice related to the provision of internet-based resources to support water and sanitation development. Arghyam has helped the Akvo team experience first-hand the benefits of deploying appropriate technologies in India and we work closely to support each other's promotion activities and expansion globally.
The organisation: De Parade is the only travelling theatre festival in the world, and has been touring the Netherlands and abroad for 21 years. Every summer it visits four key Dutch cities and attracts some 350,000 visitors annually.
The partnership: Akvo has partnered since 2008 to co-brand the festival toilet blocks, highlighting water and sanitation issues and raising funds for projects. Summer 2010’s campaign featured bold, dynamic new “Givashit” branding. The toilets raised $56,000 for water projects and were featured on Dutch TV.
The organisation: The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is an independent body set up by the Dutch private and public sectors in the Netherlands to harmonise the activities and initiatives of the Dutch water sector abroad and to promote Dutch expertise in water worldwide. Today it has more than 160 member organisations.
The partnership: NWP ignited the Akvo phenomenon in autumn 2006 and has provided extensive financial and networking support to enable Akvo to research the sector, identify a focus for the project tools, and build partnerships with a wide range of organisations. Before going alone in October 2011, Akvo shared its first two offices with NWP, at UNESCO-IHE in Delft and at The International Water House in the Hague.
The organisation: The Rabobank Foundation is committed to improving the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged groups of people in society by providing them with the opportunity to live full and independent lives. Established in 1973, it supports around 150 projects a year, two-thirds of which are conducted in developing countries.
The partnership: The Rabobank Foundation and Akvo have signed a contract to execute a pilot programme in 2011. The Akvo RSR platform is being used to link clients from Rabobank Utrechtse Heuvelrug to microcredit projects targeted at small businesses in Sri Lanka, across the foundation's portfolio.
The organisation: Impulsis is a hub for Dutch private initiatives in development aid. It is a joint initiative of Edukans, ICCO, and Kerk in Actie. At Impulsis, foundations, schools, entrepreneurs, companies, associations, church organisations, etc, can receive support for their development projects. In addition to advice and financial support, Impulsis offers expertise, access to a broad network and training.
The partnership: In 2009, Akvo and Impulsis started a long-term partnership in which all water and sanitation projects supported by Impulsis use the Akvo platform for fundraising and progress reporting.