Partners in Community Transformation

An international network of in-country centres of excellence.

We believe that community development and sustainable change require in-country capacity, ownership, and ongoing knowledge-into-practice. Community Transformation Centres (CTCs) focus on one or more of three general areas:

• WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)
• Energy efficiency and renewables
• Technologies for agricultural value chains

Upcoming Webinar: A Practitioner’s Guide to Gender Data

Wednesday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. EST (4:00 p.m. CET) Yamini Atmavilas, Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Albert Motivans, Head of Data and Insights, Equal Measures 2030 Papa Seck, Chief Statistician, UN Women Kelli Rogers, Associate...

Food for thought when innovating…

Or when thinking that "feedback" would be useful:  Read more...

International training course “Market-led SMARTechs for water and agriculture” 19th to 23rd of March 2018 in Mzuzu, Malawi

International training course Malawi March 2018

Potential Disruption to Traditional Financing

Blockchain could alter the landscape for small business all over the world. It may be years or decades before this happens, but things do tend to change fast in this world!  Read...

The Importance of small-scale agriculture in Africa

Article on the importance of supporting small-scale farmers by reducing barriers " limiting their access to inputs; foster the adoption of environmentally sustainable approaches and technologies; increase access to credit and markets; facilitate farm mechanisation;...

Financing is critical to power availability

https://www.spotlightnepal.com/2018/01/25/twenty-two-percent-nepali-have-no-access-electricity-ppoe-2017/

Breakthrough Energy Ventures – 5-point strategy

BEV is a billion-dollar fund to finance breakthroughs in energy technology. Speaking in Paris recently Bill Gates described their strategic focus. Bill Gates: “Energy transitions take a long time, but there’s more urgency than ever to prevent the worst impacts of...

Thoughts on Resilience

In a recent LinkedIn comment, Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of AECOM talked about the importance of thinking about and planning for resilience in every project large or small. What does this mean for development work? We need to be thinking and talking about how to...

Blog post on managing water systems – IRC

Through the USAID SWS Learning Partnership efforts are being made to try different approaches to operations and maintenance. Read this blog post from Ethiopia Country Director John...

Toilets in China

China has made toilets a significant priority according to a recent Guardian article.