RAS-HON is collaborating regionally with national institutions in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador and development agencies in the Red Regional de Agua y Saneamiento de Centro América (RRAS-CA). One of the objectives of RRAS-CA is to facilitate the exchange of information on approaches and technologies for better access to WASH services.
A joint evaluation of RRAS-CA and PAS in 2006 by the Water and Sanitation Program and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) revealed that these networks have been successful in sharing lessons for better sector performance. To some extent, the national networks act as a national clearinghouse for the sector and they also validate information. The national networks are frontrunners in testing websites, video- and e-conferences, for better exchange of lessons learned. Important drivers for the information management and knowledge management functions of these networks are the increased demand for innovative approaches and for better access to information about the sector by government and development agencies.
For more infromation see Source Bulletin 50 features: http://www.irc.nl/page/38371