The Area Development Committee – ADC and traditional authorities are asked to do a pre-selection of persons who could be potential AMs with recommendations from District Water Officer. This pre-selection have to take into considerations where the needs are, i.e. where the persons would have to be located to tackle a catchment with an important but manageable density of hand pumps (more than 100 hand pumps is difficult), considering also the radius of activity and topography-accessibility.
The example of this Map of Dowa district illustrates the brainstorming done for the distribution of AMs (red stickers) and shops (green labels)
Oral interviews are conducted jointly with DWO, the ADC chairman, and Health Surveillance Assistant HAS (15 to 20 min. per candidate).
Criteria of selection include technical knowledge, but also abilities to communicate with water points’ users, dedication for development and helping the community, capable of reading, writing, counting, willingness to develop such business…Some written tests are also conducted.
BASEDA guidelines interview AM interview form