Cost-Effective Boreholes – Phase III –

          Professionalising Manual Drilling

Follow up and south-south exchange with respect to the introduction and professionalization of manual drilling.


Chad, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Switzerland & Global

Project Period:

2012 – 2014

Staff involved and functions performed:

Project Manager: Kerstin Danert

Project Staff: Anne Sophie Aublet, Martin Laeng, Sean Furey

Name of Client(s):


Description of the Project:

This project pulled together and shared experiences of manual drilling from around the world, drawing out key lessons. The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) publication “Manual Drilling Compendium 2015” synthesised experiences from 36 countries. In order to build up informal networks of practicioners and professionals, key information shared at several stages in the process with stakeholders in the sector, mainly through webinars and online discussion groups.

The series of five webinars (online seminars) in March/April 2014 enabled experiences from 12 countries to be shared in English and French (i.e. Bolivia, Ethiopia, Guinea, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Zambia).

In-country documentation of manual drilling activities was undertaken in Chad, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. This work provided detailed insights into manual drilling for countries at very different stages in the introduction and uptake process. In the case of Chad, the field work and report has been a prompt for World Vision to engage with the association of manual drillers. For Nigeria, manual drilling is now on the radar of the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, who are also now in contact with one of the key associations of manual drillers.