• Traditional leadership versus role-vested leadership in Pacific communities

    In an interview, Peter Sharry, director of Axiom Water Technologies, speaks about how in the Pacific, he finds that often traditional leadership roles carry more weight in the community than leadership vested by government. This article looks more closely at the role of the traditional leaders in managing water supplies. This issue is not unique to […]

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  • The ‘radical centre’ and how it applies to water management

    In an interview, Peter Sharry spoke about radical centrism and how he finds this idea is valuable for his work. This article looks more closely at what radical centrism is, according to Noel Pearson, a First Nations lawyer, academic, and land rights activist. It explores how it might be applied within the context of water management. […]

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  • Best practices for cost recovery in implementing water management frameworks in interntional development

    In an interview with Peter Sharry, he spoke about community ownership of water management infrastructure and associated cost-recovery options. This article explores the best practices guiding this approach in closer detail. While full cost recovery is desirable to promote the sustainability of water management frameworks, realistically, water users in developing countries may only have the […]

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  • Community assets versus private assets for water management: taking a combined approach

    In an interview, Peter Sharry discussed the tensions and opportunities that surround private and community assets for water management. This article explores the famous tragedy of the commons and looks at multiple perspectives related to where water assets could and should be held within a community. ‘If it’s everyone’s, it’s no one’s.’,Peter Sharry, Axiom Water […]

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  • Rural community water development in the Pacific

    In an interview with Peter Sharry, director of Axiom Water Technologies, he discussed how addressing water challenges in rural communities required patience and listening. This was particularly so in the communities he works with, in the Pacific. Water resource management initiatives that do not listen to local people needs can often be subject to the tragedy […]

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  • Pacific Water & Wastewater Association

    Pacific Water & Wastewater Association The proposal was for annual funding of $500,000 over three years, to implement five areas of activity. The first is support for a new CEO position and some of the other costs of the Secretariat. The second: professional development of Board members of Pacific water utilities, as the trend in […]

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  • Launch of Kini Interview Series

    In early February, Kini launched its interview series with leading water practitioners addressing water challenges and how best to face them. The aim of the interviews is to gain insights from local Australian water experts and to stimulate discussions around related stories and challenges within communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The first two Kini interviews […]

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  • PWWA workshop in Canberra

    As was reported in October, the AWP has embarked on a multifaceted capacity-building activity with the Pacific Water & Wastewater Association (PWWA) and its member utilities. As a part of this, PWWA members flew to Canberra for a 3-day workshop from 29 Nov to 1 Dec. The aim of the workshop was to identify common challenges and […]

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  • Pacific Water & Wastewater Association Conference & collaboration

    Tonga, 11 August 2016: Prof Gary Jones with Tongan PM Samuela ʻAkilisi Pōhiva and Australian High Commissioner Andrew Ford (far left). The AWP has embarked on a multifaceted activity with Pacific Water & Wastewater Association (PWWA) and its member utilities. The PWWA is a regional association of organisations in the water and wastewater sector whose […]

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