Tim Foster is a Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures. He is part of ISF's International Development team and his research focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low- and middle-income countries. His areas of expertise include rural water supply, water quality and public health. Tim has 10 years' experience as a WASH practitioner and researcher, and has worked on WASH challenges in 14 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has also been involved in public health programs to combat neglected tropical diseases, including guinea worm eradication in South Sudan and scabies control in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.
Tim has a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he examined the financial sustainability and collective action dimensions of rural water supplies on the South Coast of Kenya. He also holds an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Can supervise: YES
Tim conducts research and supervises PhD students in the following areas:
- Sustainability of rural water services in low- and middle-income countries (including environmental, technological, social, institutional and financial aspects)
- Public health dimensions of water services in low- and middle-income countries (including microbial water quality, sanitation linkages, use of multiple water sources, and neglected tropical diseases)
Tim is able to supervise PhD students on topics relating to the sustainability and public health impacts of rural water services in low- and middle-income countries.
Interested PhD applicants are welcome to get in touch and propose research ideas that relate to the these themes. Equally, some specific topics available for PhD research include:
- Identifying drivers of microbial contamination of water supplies in Vanuatu
- Understanding the extent and determinants of multiple water source use in Africa, Asia and the Pacific
- Assessment of operational performance across different water source types and institutional models in low- and middle-income countries
- Evaluating the effect of water, sanitation and hygiene on neglected tropical skin diseases
- SDG 6.1 (safe and affordable water services) in the context of rural and remote Australia, including remote Indigenous communities
- Technology transitions for achieving SDG 6.1 in low- and middle-income countries
Carrard, N, Foster, T & Willetts, J 2020, 'Correction: Carrard, N., et al. Groundwater as a Source of Drinking Water in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: A Multi-Country Review of Current Reliance and Resource Concerns. Water 2019, 11, 1605', Water, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 298-298.View/Download from: Publisher's site
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Foster, T, Furey, S, Banks, B & Willetts, J 2020, 'Functionality of handpump water supplies: a review of data from sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region', International Journal of Water Resources Development, pp. 1-15.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Foster, T & Hall, NL 2020, 'Housing conditions and health in Indigenous Australian communities: current status and recent trends', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hope, R, Thomson, P, Koehler, J & Foster, T 2020, 'Rethinking the economics of rural water in Africa', Oxford Review of Economic Policy, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 171-190.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Rural Africa lags behind global progress to provide safe drinking water to everyone. Decades of effort and billions of dollars of investment have yielded modest gains, with high but avoidable health and economic costs borne by over 300m people lacking basic water access. We explore why rural water is different for communities, schools, and healthcare facilities across characteristics of scale, institutions, demand, and finance. The findings conclude with policy recommendations to (i) network rural services at scale, (ii) unlock rural payments by creating value, and (iii) design and test performance-based funding models at national and regional scales, with an ambition to eliminate the need for future, sustainable development goals.
Katuva, J, Hope, R, Foster, T, Koehler, J & Thomson, P 2020, 'Groundwater and welfare: A conceptual framework applied to coastal Kenya', Groundwater for Sustainable Development, vol. 10.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Cunningham, I, Willetts, J, Winterford, K & Foster, T 2019, 'Participation and Power Dynamics Between International Non-Governmental Organisations and Local Partners: A Rural Water Case Study in Indonesia', Water Alternatives: an interdisciplinary journal on water, politics and development, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 953-974.
Foster, T, McSorley, B & Willetts, J 2019, 'Comparative performance evaluation of handpump water-supply technologies in northern Kenya and The Gambia', Hydrogeology Journal, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 535-551.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Safe drinking water for all is unlikely to be achieved without major improvements in the sustainability of rural water supplies in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite heavy dependence on groundwater across the African continent, there is little empirical evidence on the relative reliability of different water-lifting technologies. This study comparatively evaluated the operational performance of the BluePump against the Afridev, India Mark II and PB Mark II handpumps. The field assessment took place in Turkana County (northern Kenya) and The Gambia, contexts with contrasting environmental, social and institutional characteristics. When controlling for other variables, in both study sites the BluePump had significantly lower odds of a breakdown occurring over a 12-month period compared with other handpumps. The BluePump also had significantly lower odds of a nonfunctional status relative to the Afridev in Turkana, though no significant effect on functionality was observed relative to the India Mark II in either study site or the PB Mark II in The Gambia. In Turkana, the impact of fewer breakdowns on operational uptime and point-in-time functionality may have been moderated by a subsidised maintenance service for which communities pay a fixed annual fee irrespective of handpump type and breakdown frequency. In The Gambia, the BluePump had significantly longer breakdowns than Mark II handpumps because of a problematic maintenance model. The results indicate that technological innovations such as the BluePump can lead to operational improvements, but technology alone is no panacea and the long-term sustainability of water supplies ultimately depends upon the effectiveness of maintenance services.
Foster, T, Willetts, J & Kotra, KK 2019, 'Faecal contamination of groundwater in rural Vanuatu: prevalence and predictors', Journal of Water and Health, vol. 17, no. 5.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Groundwater is an important source of water for coastal communities in Pacific Islands Countries. This study assessed the prevalence and predictors of faecal contamination in groundwater sources across 11 islands in Vanuatu. Escherichia coli was detected in 49% of sources and E. coli concentration exceeded 10 MPN (most probable number)/100 mL for 23% of sources. When adjusting for other variables, the detection of E. coli was significantly associated with severe pump stand corrosion, suggestive of contaminated run-off directly entering boreholes. E. coli concentration >10 MPN/100 mL was also significantly associated with (i) hand-dug wells (as compared to drilled boreholes); (ii) severe pump stand corrosion; (iii) water points underlain by volcanic rocks (as compared to coral limestone); and (iv) rainfall in the previous 24 h. Encasing pump stands in concrete – as some communities had done – was found to have a significant protective effect. While baseline statistics for Sustainable Development Goal target 6.1 suggest that 87% of Vanuatu's rural population have access to at least a basic (improved) water source, the results from this study point to extensive microbial water quality concerns linked to degraded water supply infrastructure in need of rehabilitation.
Elliott, M, Foster, T, MacDonald, MC, Harris, AR, Schwab, KJ & Hadwen, WL 2019, 'Addressing how multiple household water sources and uses build water resilience and support sustainable development', npj Clean Water, vol. 2, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Foster, T, Rand, E, Sami, E, Dance, B, Kohlitz, J & Willetts, J 2019, 'Does the source of water for piped supplies affect child health? Evidence from rural Vanuatu', Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 591-595.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Carrard, N, Foster, T & Willetts, J 2019, 'Groundwater as a Source of Drinking Water in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: A Multi-Country Review of Current Reliance and Resource Concerns', Water, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 1-20.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Groundwater is widely acknowledged to be an important source of drinking water in low-income regions, and it, therefore, plays a critical role in the realization of the human right to water. However, the proportion of households using groundwater compared with other sources is rarely quantified, with national and global datasets more focused on facilities—rather than resources—used. This is a significant gap in knowledge, particularly in light of efforts to expand water services in line with the inclusive and integrated agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals. Understanding the prevalence of groundwater reliance for drinking is critical for those involved in water services planning and management, so they can better monitor and advocate for management of water resources that supports sustainable services for households. This paper contributes data that can be used to strengthen the integration of resource considerations within water service delivery and inform the work of development partners supporting this area. We approach this issue from two perspectives. Firstly, we collate data on the proportion of households using groundwater as their primary drinking water source for 10 Southeast Asian and Pacific nations, finding an average of 62% (range of 17–93% for individual countries) of households in urban areas and 60% (range of 22–95%) of households in rural areas rely on groundwater for drinking. Together, these constitute 79% of the total population across the case study countries. Secondly, we review current and emerging groundwater resource concerns within each country, using a systems thinking approach to assess how groundwater resource issues influence household water services. Findings support the case for governments and development agencies to strengthen engagement with groundwater resource management as foundational for achieving sustainable water services for all.
Foster, T & Willetts, J 2018, 'Multiple water source use in rural Vanuatu: are households choosing the safest option for drinking?', International Journal of Environmental Health Research, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 579-589.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Households in low- and middle-income countries commonly make use of multiple water sources. However, it remains unclear to what extent their drinking water choices are optimal from a health perspective. This matched cohort study across 10 islands in Vanuatu examined communities with both a groundwater and rainwater source to determine whether their preferred drinking option was the safest in microbial terms. In communities that preferred to drink rainwater, 56.5% of rainwater sources had 'high-risk' or 'very high risk' Escherichia coli contamination (> 10 MPN/100 mL) compared with 26.1% of groundwater sources (p = 0.092). Moreover, a preference for drinking rainwater was significantly associated with rainwater sources having 'high-risk' or 'very high risk' levels of E. coli contamination (p = 0.045). Results show that communities do not necessarily choose the safest water source for drinking. Findings also highlight the need to bolster local capacity to manage water quality risks and for Sustainable Development Goal monitoring to distinguish between protected and unprotected rainwater tanks.
Foster, T, Shantz, A, Lala, S & Willetts, J 2018, 'Factors associated with operational sustainability of rural water supplies in Cambodia', Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, vol. 4, no. 10, pp. 1577-1588.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© The Royal Society of Chemistry. Improving the sustainability of rural water supplies in low- and middle-income countries will be critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal target of safe drinking water for all. This investigation assessed the factors associated with rural water supply operation and maintenance outcomes in rural Cambodia, with a particular focus on the influence of handpump technology and ownership arrangements. The analysis drew on a comprehensive dataset of water points in Chum Kiri district and examined three operational outcomes: functionality, reliability and repairability. Results show that handpump type, ownership, perceptions of water quality, handpump age and distance to the provincial capital were all significant predictors of operational outcomes. The odds of a handpump being functional were significantly higher when the handpump was privately owned, was located closer to the provincial capital, was installed more recently, and supplied water perceived to be of good quality. Less frequent breakdowns were significantly associated with Afridev handpumps and water perceived to be of good quality. If a breakdown occurred, the odds of a repair being carried out were significantly higher when the handpump was a VN6 suction pump, was privately owned, was located closer to the provincial capital, and the water was perceived to be of good quality. The results indicate that technology, ownership, water quality and geography all contribute to the operational performance of rural water supplies, and that effective maintenance systems are a prerequisite for sustainability.
Foster, T, Willetts, J, Lane, M, Thomson, P, Katuva, J & Hope, R 2018, 'Risk factors associated with rural water supply failure: A 30-year retrospective study of handpumps on the south coast of Kenya.', The Science of the total environment, vol. 626, pp. 156-164.View/Download from: Publisher's site
An improved understanding of failure risks for water supplies in rural sub-Saharan Africa will be critical to achieving the global goal of safe water for all by 2030. In the absence of longitudinal biophysical and operational data, investigations into water point failure risk factors have to date been limited to cross-sectional research designs. This retrospective cohort study applies survival analysis to identify factors that predict failure risks for handpumps installed on boreholes along the south coast of Kenya from the 1980s. The analysis is based on a unique dataset linking attributes of >300 water points at the time of installation with their operational lifespan over the following decades. Cox proportional hazards and accelerated failure time models suggest water point failure risks are higher and lifespans are shorter when water supplied is more saline, static water level is deeper, and groundwater is pumped from an unconsolidated sand aquifer. The risk of failure also appears to grow as distance to spare part suppliers increases. To bolster the sustainability of rural water services and ensure no community is left behind, post-construction support mechanisms will need to mitigate heterogeneous environmental and geographical challenges. Further studies are needed to better understand the causal pathways that underlie these risk factors in order to inform policies and practices that ensure water services are sustained even where unfavourable conditions prevail.
Ali, SH, Foster, T & Hall, NL 2018, 'The Relationship between Infectious Diseases and Housing Maintenance in Indigenous Australian Households', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 15, no. 12, pp. 1-11.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Critical mass dynamics have been widely used to explain the initiation and spread of collective behaviours, from protests and political representation, through to vaccinations and adoption of new technologies. For the first time, this study applies critical mass theory to community waterpoint financial contributions in rural sub-Saharan Africa. The presence of critical mass points, cooperative equilibria and self-reinforcing growth dynamics is empirically evaluated through assessment of multi-decadal waterpoint financial records from rural Kenya, comprising 43,020 household payments over a 26 year period. An examination of month-to-month changes in user contribution rates and financial record continuity suggests contribution levels remain relatively stable once more than 60% of water users are paying. Revenue collection systems tend to become unstable and are prone to collapse during the wet season if user contributions drop below a 60% threshold, but appear to be more resilient in dry season with evidence of self-reinforcing growth dynamics when 40–60% of users contribute. Results reveal that some communities are able to sustain their waterpoint over a long period of time even if a moderate proportion of users do not contribute financially. The analysis also highlights the influence of climate patterns on community-based financing, and the fragility of collective behaviours during wetter periods. Further investigation is needed to assess what dynamics emerge in a more representative sample of waterpoints, particularly in the first few years after installation when failures commonly occur.
Foster, T & Hope, R 2017, 'Evaluating waterpoint sustainability and access implications of revenue collection approaches in rural Kenya', Water Resources Research, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 1473-1490.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Water policies in many sub-Saharan African countries stipulate that rural communities are responsible for self-financing their waterpoint's operation and maintenance. In the absence of policy consensus or evidence on optimal payment models, rural communities adopt a diversity of approaches. This study empirically assesses waterpoint sustainability and access outcomes associated with different revenue collection approaches on the south coast of Kenya. The analysis draws on a unique data set comprising financial records spanning 27 years and 100 communities, operational performance indicators for 200 waterpoints, and water source choices for more than 2,000 households. Results suggest communities collecting pay-as-you-fetch fees on a volumetric basis generate higher levels of income and experience improved operational performance compared with communities charging flat fees. In both cases, financial flows mirror seasonal rainfall peaks and troughs. These outcomes are tempered by evidence that households are more likely to opt for an unimproved drinking water source when a pay-as-you-fetch system is in place. The findings illuminate a possible tension between financial sustainability and universal access. If the Sustainable Development Goal of 'safe water for all' is to become a reality, policymakers and practitioners will need to address this issue and ensure rural water services are both sustainable and inclusive.
Foster, T & Hope, R 2016, 'A multi-decadal and social-ecological systems analysis of community waterpoint payment behaviours in rural Kenya', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 47, pp. 85-96.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Lokuge, B, Kopczynski, A, Woltmann, A, Alvoen, F, Connors, C, Guyula, T, Mulholland, E, Cran, S, Foster, T, Lokuge, K, Burke, T & Prince, S 2014, 'Crusted scabies in remote Australia, a new way forward: lessons and outcomes from the East Arnhem Scabies Control Program', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 200, no. 11, pp. 644-648.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Foster, T 2013, 'Predictors of Sustainability for Community-Managed Handpumps in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda', ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, vol. 47, no. 21, pp. 12037-12046.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Foster, T & Dance, B 2012, 'Water-Washed Diseases And Access To Infrastructure In Remote Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory', Water: Journal of the Australian Water Association, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 72-77.
Foster, T, Hope, R, Thomas, M, Cohen, I, Krolikowski, A & Nyaga, C 2012, 'Impacts and implications of mobile water payments in East Africa', WATER INTERNATIONAL, vol. 37, no. 7, pp. 788-804.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Thomson, P, Hope, R & Foster, T 2012, 'GSM-enabled remote monitoring of rural handpumps: a proof-of-concept study', JOURNAL OF HYDROINFORMATICS, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 829-839.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Reliable and cost-effective monitoring of rural water supply infrastructure has long been hampered by the geographical curse of dispersed and low-income populations, and weak institutional performance. Recent advances in monitoring technology combined with mobile network expansion into rural areas has created an opportunity to bypass these seemingly intractable challenges. Mobile-enhanced technologies have the potential to produce data that is orders of magnitude richer, faster, and cheaper than that provided by traditional monitoring methods, which require costly field visits. However, more data does not equate to better data; information generated by crowdsourced and automated systems each has its respective limitations. We propose a framework for analysing monitoring and surveillance systems, which can help assess the strengths and weaknesses of different emerging approaches. We suggest that these advancements present an opportunity to fundamentally change the way we consider and conduct rural water supply monitoring. © Practical Action Publishing, 2012.
Hope, R, Foster, T, Koehler, J & Thomson, P 2020, 'Rural Water Policy in Africa and Asia' in Dadson, S, Garrick, D, Penning-Rowsell, E, Hall, J, Hope, R & Hughes, J (eds), Water Science, Policy and Management A Global Challenge, John Wiley & Sons, USA, pp. 159-180.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Universal delivery of improved drinking water services in rural Africa and Asia has been an enduring policy challenge for decades. Whilst drinking water coverage has generally improved, only one in five countries below 95% coverage in 2015 is currently on track to achieve basic drinking water services for all by 2030. We identify and evaluate three periods of rural water policy in Africa and Asia between 1980 and 2030 to (i) identify four pillars of rural water policy design, (ii) consider how they have adapted over time, and (iii) propose priorities for progress. We argue for an increase in investments in designing and testing emerging institutional models for rural water services to evaluate the trade‐offs in performance across institutional, financial and operational dimensions. Stronger empirical evidence will allow policy and planning to balance and negotiate short‐term political goals with long‐term sector sustainability for the benefit of the poor.
Kohlitz, J, Carrard, N & Foster, T 2019, 'Social-ecological system resilience for WASH' in Neely, K (ed), Systems Thinking and WASH: Tools and Case Studies for a Sustainable Water Supply, Practical Action Publishing, Rugby, Warwickshire, pp. 79-91.View/Download from: Publisher's site
In a rapidly changing world, WASH services are often exposed to a range of unpredictable social, environmental, economic, and physical disturbances that disrupt WASH access. Social-ecological system (SES) resilience thinking can inform WASH service delivery approaches that adapt to changing conditions in order to sustain access for users rather than resist change. In this chapter, we familiarize readers with SES resilience thinking and consider its application to WASH services. We outline three key processes that practitioners can follow to get themselves and other stakeholders into an SES resilience mindset: mapping WASH systems, considering SES resilience principles, and identifying areas for interventions. We provide illustrative examples and resources to assist practitioners in thinking about how SES resilience concepts can be used to plan for WASH services that are flexible and adaptive. We also consider some limitations and pitfalls to SES resilience concepts to encourage readers to take a critical approach.
Foster, T 2018, 'WASH microfinance operations in India: Assessment of challenges andsuccesses', WASH Futures, Brisbane.
Foster, T, Dance, B & Willetts, J 2017, 'Unfinished Business: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Remote Indigenous Communities in Australia's Northern Territory', Water and Health Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, pp. 62-63.
Improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) outcomes for the ~60,000 Indigenous people living in remote communities in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) remains an important but unresolved policy challenge. Despite major national reforms aimed at bolstering Australia's
water security over the last decade, the WASH situation in remote Indigenous communities (RICs) has attracted little attention. This study sheds new light on this issue by assessing the status of WASH indicators (access, behaviours, health outcomes) and identifying obstacles that
constrain progress. Up-to-date information on access to WASH services in RICs in NT is scant. We piece together historical data to deduce that there is now almost universal access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities. At least 90% of dwellings currently have a piped water supply and a private sanitation facility. In the 72 largest communities, the quantity of water used by households is far greater than the Australian average, and regular testing reveals the water supplied is of good microbiological quality. The main infrastructure shortfalls -
in terms of access, reliability and safety - can be found in the more than 400 small homeland communities, most of which have a population of less than 50. Notwithstanding nearly universal access to services, the burden of WASH-related diseases remains substantial. Indigenous
children in remote communities are twice as likely to be hospitalised for intestinal infection as non-Indigenous children. Environmental enteropathy and prevalence of intestinal parasitic infestation (e.g. Strongyloides) provide further markers of excreta-related disease transmission. Trachoma remains endemic in many RICs despite repeated mass drug administrations. Skin infections are also prevalent, and these are thought to underlie disproportionately high rates of acute glomerulonephritis and acute rheumatic fever, both of which lead to chronic and life-threatening kidney and heart disease...
Foster, T, Katuva, J & Hope, R 2017, 'Multi-decadal financial assessment of groundwater services for low-income households in rural Kenya', 44th IAH Congress 2017, Dubrovnik.
Sustainable financing of groundwater-based drinking water supplies in rural Africa poses one of the biggest obstacles to the global Sustainable Development Goal of safely managed water for all by 2030. Hand-pumped groundwater is the chief mode of supplying safe drinking water to rural populations in Africa, yet around one in three systems is non-functional in part due to a failure of users to pay the costs of ongoing operation and maintenance. Yet there is little empirical evidence about what factors determine rural communities’ capacity to collect revenue from users, and the implications this has for the operational sustainability of services and the water source choices of users. We present findings from a unique study that assesses community-based financing of groundwater services in Kwale (Kenya), the location for one of the first ever large-scale programmes involving handpump-equipped boreholes in rural Africa. The study draws on longitudinal financial records kept by 100 water user groups over three decades, coupled with hydrogeological, community, and household-level data collected from over 500 waterpoints and 3,000 households. We find that among those communities collecting fees on a monthly basis, around one in four households fails to pay in the long-run. Multivariable regression analysis reveals that waterpoints that (i) are situated close to households, (ii) draw on groundwater with a pH above 6.5, (iii) produce palatable water, and (iv) support productive water use activities have significantly higher levels of payment compliance. Payment levels are also strongly related to rainfall patterns, suggestive of complex and dynamic decisions about water source preferences. Those communities charging water users on a pay-as-you-fetch volumetric basis generate the highest levels of revenue, and this translates into significantly shorter breakdown durations. Yet this revenue collection approach is also associated with a higher proportion of households using ...
Foster, T, McSorley, B & Willetts, J 2016, 'Preliminary results from an evaluation of the Blue Pump in Turkana, Kenya', 7 th RWSN Forum “Water for Everyone”, Rural Water Supply Network Forum (RWSN), RWSN, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
This paper presents the preliminary results of an evaluation of the Blue Pump in Turkana County, Kenya. Field work was carried out at 142 waterpoints to comparatively assess the operational performance and water user experiences for the Blue Pump. In order to appraise the broader factors affecting the suitability and sustainability of the Blue Pump, a group of key stakeholders was also convened to apply the Technology Applicability Framework. While 1 in 3 Blue Pumps in Turkana was found to be nonfunctional, breakdowns were less frequent than for the India Mark II and Afridev. Users of the Blue Pump were more satisfied with the reliability of their water service than those using other handpump types, but the difficulty of operation was a prominent complaint. In the Turkana context, the Blue Pump appears to be a more reliable handpump than the India Mark II and Afridev, bearing in mind its higher upfront cost. However, its full value will only be realised if coupled with effective and sustainable maintenance arrangements for which users are willing and able to pay.
Foster, T 2016, 'Business Models for Rural Water Sustainability', 7th Rural Water Supply Network Forum, Abidjan.
Foster, T & Hope, R 2016, 'Predictors, Patterns & Implications of Waterpoint Financial Performance in Rural Kenya', WASH Futures International Conference.
Kopczynski, A, Foster, T, Saroukos, C & Patterson, B 2013, 'Washing machine djäma: The East Arnhem Spin Project', 9th NATSIEH Conference Monograph, 9th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference, Adelaide, pp. 75-77.
Baguma, A, Bizoza, A, Carter, R, Cavill, S, Foster, S, Foster, T, Jobbins, G, Hope, R, Katuva, J, Koehler, J, Shepherd, A & Simons, A Skat Foundation 2017, Groundwater and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, UPGro Working Paper, pp. 1-105, St Gallen.
Foster, T Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship 2016, Water and sanitation microfinance operations in India: An assessment of challenges and determinants of success, Oxford.
This report presents the results of an evaluation of the Fairwater BluePump, an emerging
rural water supply technology in sub-Saharan Africa. Claims about the BluePump’s
durability and minimal maintenance requirements have provoked significant interest within
the rural water sector. This evaluation set out to assess the suitability of the BluePump as
a rural water supply technology, taking into account its operational performance, the
experiences of water users, the views of local stakeholders, and the broader contextual
factors that impinge upon its sustainability.
Foster, T, Hope, R & Thomson, P Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University 2015, Insuring against rural water risk: Evidence from Kwale, Kenya, Oxford.
Hope, R, Foster, T, Money, A, Rouse, M, Money, N & Thomas, M Oxford University 2011, Smart Water Systems: Final Technical Report to UK Department for International Development, Oxford.
Hope, R, Koehler, J, Katuva, J, Thomson, P, Goodall, S, Thomas, M & Foster, T 2019, 'Longitudinal panel study data on household welfare, water resource management and governance in Kenya 2013-2016'.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Foster, T 2018, 'Long lasting rural water supplies in tough environments: lessons from Kenya', UpGro.
Foster, T 2017, 'Possibilities and pitfalls of community-based financing of water supplies in rural Kenya', Oxford University.
Foster, T 2016, 'Gambian Handpump Evaluation Data'.
Foster, T 2016, 'Handpumps Joined at the Hip: Two-for-one or Double Trouble?', Water Point Data Exchange.
Foster, T 2016, 'Turkana Handpump Evaluation Data'.