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Decentralized Water Management (DWM) aims to optimise water supply services in a legal framework, through a maximal
involvement of the local level. In rural water supply the DWM focus is on a step by step approach and on the long term
impact of activities. A basic element is efficient operation with cost recovery supported by financially sustainable local
organizations. This document describes some recent developments in the DWM approach towards rural water supply related
to handpump projects and is based on the authors experience as a DWM consultant to the Provincial Water Department
and NGOs in southern Angola in the past two years. One of the major constraints for sustainability remains the access to
spare parts. Therefore specific attention is paid to the introduction of the Afripump, a new “spare parts free” handpump
that can help solve these problems.