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Sustainable water supplies are critical to the health and and well-being of rural Africans. Yet reliable operation and maintenance of waterpoints remains an elusive goal. The number of rural Africans lacking access to a safe water supply has increased from 238 million in 1990 to 278 million in 2008.

Motivated by this challenge the Smart Handpumps project is an initiative funded by the government Department of International Development (DFID) that is developing, piloting and evaluating a new, low-cost and replicable monitoring and response system supported by the mobile network.

Working with Government partners in Africa, donors (DFID, UNICEF) and private enterprise, trials in Kenya are generating promising results.

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At Oxford we provide the knowledge base and inspiration for new policies to address these challenges and to promote sustainability and social change and the preservation of human diversity and culture. Economists, sociologists, lawyers and political scientists hold offices in governments and leadership worldwide and policy makers turn to Oxford for research and advice.

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