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

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.  

Trends towards Renewables

Recent articles mark the trend towards renewables: Read about Shell - less of an oil company moving forward. In Australia, "Banks warned of 'regulatory action' as climate change bites global economy". And Canada promises legislation in 2018 to punish carbon...

Wind Energy Gains

Tamil Nadu’s share of renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and small hydro) in its total energy mix hit 20% in the first five months (April-August) of fiscal 2017, according to a report by research firm Elara Capital. Read...

Upcoming program

November 6 - December 1, 2017 This is a highly-interactive one-month eLearning course on ICT for Water Service Providers and other WASH sector stakeholders. For more information, contact: info@ict4wash.com. More...

Women, Water, Nigeria

Salamatu Garba speaks about the continuing impact of Water and Development Alliance (WADA) a public-private partnership between USAID and Coca-cola and its impact on women in Nigeria in this USAID Global Water...

Evaporation as a major Renewable energy source?

"In the first analysis of using evaporation as renewable energy, Columbia University scientists have found that evaporation-to-power devices on lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of electricity—about 70 percent of current U.S. production."The method...

“Can subsidies & sanitation marketing work together to increase household construction of #toilets? @ThriveNet video” Thanks Improve Int’l for sharing!

https://youtu.be/0kbGbwJkPLc