The handpump network is open to all organisations and individuals who are active in the field of hundpump development and/or promotion, and to agencies implementing rural water supply projects with handpumps. This includes multilateral and bilateral agencies, governmental organisations, NGOs, private sector handpump manufacturers, R&D groups, inspection agencies, and individuals.
Membership in the network will be free, however, each member will have to agree that all results from R&D activities undertaken within the network shall be freely available to all other members.
Around 150 individuals or organisations are members, including agencies such as UNICEF, UNDP/World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, and the Consumer Research Laboratory (UK). The current focus of the network is on promoting the sustainability of handpump technologies, both in terms of hardware and software issues, with particular emphasis placed on implementation guidelines which are institutionally sound, technically realistic and responsive to the needs of users. Recent activities have included improvement of handpump designs which already exhibit acceptable field charactersitics; and maintenance and dissemination of international specifications for public domain handpumps, including Afridev, India Mark II/III, Yaku-MAYA-TARA and Direct Action. SKAT publishes a quarterly newsletter which carries details of developments.
The network has its own website located at: Handpump Technology Network
For further information contact:
Mr Eric Baumann,
Head of Department,
Fax: + (41) 71 228 54 55
Handpump Sustainability E-conference 19th Nov. - 19th Dec. 2001
HTN electronic forum
Rope Pump Workshop 14 to 19 May 2001 Managua, Nicaragua
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