CSUD Sponsors Thompsett and Mulligan Talk on Kibera and Access to Water and Sanitation

by | June 10, 2014
Category: Events

“WATSAN Portal: Kibera – Improving Access to Water and Sanitation in Nairobi’s largest slum” will be presented by Anna Tompsett and Joe Mulligan on Thursday, June 19th, 2014, at 11 am, Buell Hall, Room 300 South.

WATSAN Portal: Kibera is a web-based tool that makes geo-referenced data on municipal infrastructure networks available to improve access to water and sanitation in Kibera, Nairobi. Using the Portal, NGOs, CBOs, and residents can query potential water and sewerage project locations to quickly determine the physical and financial feasibility of connecting to municipal water and sewerage lines, and then access step-by-step directions for establishing a legal connection. To date, the Pilot has been developed, tested and piloted in 2 of Kibera’s 13 villages to cover around a quarter of the settlement’s total area (~100,000 thousand residents). The tool was developed by the design and community planning firm Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) and technology partner Spatial Collective and launched in February 2014 (watsanportal.net). As the first step of a rigorous impact evaluation of the tool, KDI designed and implemented, in partnership with Anna Tompsett at Columbia University, a survey of 1,539 households on access to water and sanitation in the pilot areas and a communal sanitation census of 119 facilities. This talk will introduce the participatory design process for the development of the tool’s user experience, and the initial analysis of the baseline data.

Anna Tompsett is a doctoral candidate in the Sustainable Development program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York and an affiliated student at the Center for Development Economics and Policy where she studies the impacts of infrastructure on human development. She graduated with a first class M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and completed an M.Phil. in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. She has worked or studied in the UK, the US, France, Spain, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Uganda, Nigeria, Mali, Zambia, Kenya and Bangladesh. From September 2014 she will be taking up a position as a junior faculty member at Stockholm University, Department of Economics. https://sites.google.com/site/annatompsett/

Joe Mulligan is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Associate Director of the Kounkuey Design Initiative ( www.kounkuey.org ). Joe has worked for over ten years on sustainable infrastructure master planning projects, innovative approaches to water management and rural and urban development, with extensive experience in India, China, Nigeria, Malaysia, El Salvador, Kenya, Russia, Bulgaria, UAE, Ghana, the UK and the US. He has published papers on community participation in infrastructure development and sustainability assessment for urban master planning. Joe has also worked for Buro Happold, Engineers Without Borders UK, Arup Water and Solidarité Eau Europe.

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