Our partners adopt a participatory bottom up approach
BridgIT Water works through our specially selected grassroots community-based partners to establish and maintain our water solutions. Partners conduct thorough consultations within their target communities to ensure they are receiving the most appropriate water solution to suit their needs and skill capacity.
Our Partner Focus
Our Community Focus
Our partners hold public meetings and focus group discussions with rural community leaders and members. This generally and overwhelmingly highlights significant water scarcity and the lack of water facilities.
It is essential that all sections of the community are represented (including women), in the planning, implementation and monitoring stages of a project establishing full community ownership.
Often the village focus will be that of providing water to village Schools and district Health Centres as these facilities are often the heart of the community and do not always have adequate water supplies.
Village members must give assurance that the stakeholders will take ownership of the entire project and have a history of established community contacts and/or village development committees.
Public meetings provide guidance into the location of the bore or well. Public or private land may be used but all key stakeholders must come to an agreement on placement, distribution, storage and usage of the water being representative of the entire community.
Transfer and sharing of trade and associated skills capacity within the community is an essential part of the success of each project.
To ensure suitability and effectiveness, our partners undergo a rigorous due diligence selection processes.
These specially selected community based organisations (CBO's) are partnered on our water programs where it is proven that they can monitor and evaluate the water projects effectively.
BridgIT Water's international partners must be able to prove:
Effectiveness in conducting activities within their communities and a proven history that successful outcomes have been reached.
A history of honesty and transparency within the community.
A proven history of working closely with local communities and community leaders on project implementation, ensuring stakeholders will take ownership of the entire project from equipment procurement through to ongoing sustainability.
Ability to monitor project progress, provide reports and the ability to negotiate restraints and manage conflict.
It must be evidenced that the project is community demand driven and the nature of demand, involvement and capacity of the targeted community, institution, stakeholders or beneficiaries.