The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

Monday, May 16 • 12:15 - 13:00
Use of Electronic Sensors to Improve the Effectiveness of Environmental Health Interventions In Developing Countries LIMITED

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Cellar reporting sensors may provide feedback on the sustainability of interventions in developing communities, improving on survey data and infrequent spot checks to assess performance. This presentation will profile several example applications of remotely reporting sensors to assess the proper operation and use of environmental health interventions.

In one recent study in Bangladesh, for instance, our instruments demonstrated more than a 50 percent exaggeration of latrine use compared to household surveys. That result may enable funders and development engineers to rethink how they implement sanitation programs.

In another example, in 2014 we worked on a project to install about 200 sensors in rural water pumps in Rwanda. The purpose was to identify pumps that were broken in order to dispatch repair teams. According to a survey, before the sensors were installed some 44 percent of the area's pumps were broken at any given time, and it took an average of about seven months to get a pump repaired. After the sensors were in place, the repair interval was reduced to just 26 days; consequently, only 9 percent of pumps were broken at a time.

We also evaluated whether awareness of sensors would impact household use of water filters or cookstoves in rural Rwanda. Turns out, there was a dramatic impact: a nearly 63 percent increase in the use of water filters in the first week, which declined slowly over the subsequent four weeks.

Working with CRS in Kenya, our team is presently installing sensors and developing management systems for rural water points.

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Katie Fankhauser

East Africa Program Manager, SweetSense, Inc.
Katie Fankhauser earned a degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas in 2013. Katie is a full time program manager for SweetSense Inc. working in Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia, while pursuing a Masters in Public Health within the OHSU / PSU School of Public Health... Read More →
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Styvers Kathuni

Program Manager - WASH, Catholic Relief Services
Styvers is the head of the WASH unit at CRS Kenya with over 8 years’ experience in designing and implementing WASH emergency and development projects. He has extensive experience with innovative approaches in water point operation and maintenance. Currently, he also oversees Kenya... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 12:15 - 13:00 EAT
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