RiPPLE Book Launching

7 Mar 2013

RiPPLE’s 5 Years of Extensive Research on WaSH Sector Bearing Fruit

Book CoverA new book by RiPPLE: “Achieving Water Security” is expected to be launched in Addis Ababa in the presence of key policy/decision makers from WaSH sector government ministries, experts and other key stakeholders and partners in the sector.

The book, which has already started getting favorable reviews from its first readers, summarizes the findings, and lessons learned from 5 years of extensive, rigorous research and engagement done by a team of several internationally acclaimed researchers from abroad in collaboration with highly experienced local experts and researchers from universities and other agencies working in the sector here at home.

Christened with the forward looking title of “Achieving Water Security”, the book covers a host of thematic areas ranging from sustainability of water services and WaSH sector monitoring to adaptation to climate variability and change. But perhaps more importantly, this new book draws conclusions for policies and practices of relevance not just for Ethiopia, but also for sub-Saharan Africa more widely, linking findings with current international debates on service delivery in rural areas.

The action researches (which became the basis for this new knowledge product furnishing credible evidence) were conducted under the auspices of RiPPLE and its partners (when RiPPLE was a 5-year Research Programme funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID)), working to advance evidence-based learning on water supply and sanitation (WSS) until April 2011.

The new book, Achieving Water Security, also discusses how research findings can be fast-tracked into policy and practice through an innovative approach called Action Research through Learning and Practice Alliances (LPA). This so called LPA approach (for which RiPPLE is locally and internationally acclaimed) is a collaborative platform which involves local practitioners, sector experts as well as decision makers throughout the action research process – right from the identification of sector problems and selection of research topics all the way to analysis and interpretation of the findings; thereby creating and facilitating an environment conducive for the demand and up-take of research findings and lessons learned to inform policy and decision making processes in the WaSH and related sectors.

“Achieving Water Security: Lessons from research in Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ethiopia” was officially launched at a public event organized by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, UK, on February 6, 2013. Now, another official launching of the book will take place here in Ethiopia. The book launching ceremony is expected to be graced by high level government officials, in particular from the Ministry of Water and Energy, and will be attended by key actors in the sector, including academicians, representatives of nongovernmental organizations working in the sector, donors, the media and others.

Following the termination of the DFID funded RiPPLE programme in April 2011, and after being officially registered under the Charities and Societies Agency (CSA) in November 2011, RiPPLE has now evolved into an indigenous NGO that is fast making its mark as a key actor serving as a resource center and knowledge management unit for the WaSH and related sectors, including rainwater harvesting, food security and climate adaptation. In particular, RiPPLE continues to work towards an evidence-based learning in the WaSH and related sectors through action research, knowledge generation, documentation and dissemination, as well as policy engagement and capacity development.

The following are blurbs from some of the book’s initial readers:

1) ‘Water security matters, and it matters most to the most vulnerable individuals, households, communities and nations. Ethiopia is home to many millions of people who are anything but water-secure. This publication shines a light on such people, and it provides numerous inter-disciplinary insights into the causes of water insecurity and into some of the measures which are needed to relieve that insecurity. There are too few research programmes of this type which focus on situations of real need in the world, and which grapple with the difficult issues associated with the relief of poverty and vulnerability. I warmly welcome this contribution to the literature, and hope that this work will inform the practices and policies of government and development partners in Ethiopia.’ (by Richard C. Carter, Visiting Professor, Cranfield University, UK)

2) ‘Consolidating these findings from the RiPPLE programme into a single volume to address water security in Ethiopia has generated an essential primer and benchmark in realizing domestic water supply and sanitation in Africa’s second most populous country. Being informed by five years of research and learning, this is a valuable insight into a critical dimension of Ethiopia’s future security.’ (by Melvin Woodhouse, Associate Director, LTS International, UK)