Hatfield Implementing Angolan Water and Sanitation Information System
Oct 01, 2013
Hatfield Consultants is currently working with UNICEF and the Angolan National Directorate of Water and Sanitation (DNAAS) of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEA) to develop an Information Management System for the Water and Sanitation Sector (SISAS). The objectives of SISAS are to:
- Determine the current state of water and sanitation services and report results to the stakeholders involved in the sector, underscoring the challenges to meet needs for improved access to water and sanitation;
- Facilitate planning, formulate policies, rules, strategies, undertake monitoring, and follow-up to ensure progress and positive impacts of investments; and
- Provide a unified and official information management system for the sector, to ensure provision of quality information that is reliable and timely.
During development of SISAS, Hatfield conducted a rapid in-country assessment, designed and developed SISAS modules, and is currently implementing the system. Hatfield integrated a variety of practical safeguards into the design of SISAS including:
- Providing functionality even when there is limited- or no- internet access;
- Handling power outages as reliably as possible; and
- Providing a modular, expandable system that can be used by people with limited capacity to understand and use information systems.
Several fundamental design statements were integrated into the design of SISAS, including:
- All SISAS modules will be created as web applications linked through standards-based web services (conforming to Service Oriented Architecture principals); and
- All SISAS tools developed for DNA will be provided to DPEAs.
Hatfield continues to work with these organizations by providing information and documentation on the web service interfaces that are needed to utilize the shared systems.
For more information, please contact us:
Mr. Jason Suwala
Senior Environmental Information Specialist
HATFIELD CONSULTANTS PARTNERSHIP