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The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment for Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), led by the World Health Organization, collects a wealth of data on national sanitation and drinking-water–related policies, financing, and human resources. GLAAS publishes the results in a biennial report, the last of which was released in 2012 (PDF).

In an effort to make those data more accessible to policymakers and decision-makers, and others working in the WASH sector, WASHfunders.org initiated a pilot effort to visualize key variables related to the policy and regulatory context of national governments. For each country participating in the GLAAS survey, a “heat map” provides an at-a-glance summary of 11 GLAAS survey questions, including:

  • Have there been any political or financial commitments on WASH made at the minister’s level in the last five years?
  • Is the right to sanitation and drinking water explicitly recognized in policy and law?
  • Are financial flows sufficient to meet MDG targets?
Looking for GLAAS data? Now on WASHfunders.org!

To view a country profile, simply go to the WASHfunders.org Funding Map, click on the country of interest, and select the GLAAS tab.

As the GLAAS team completes its next round of data collection and releases new data for 2014, the WASHfunders team will continue its collaboration with GLAAS researchers to develop data visualizations for the sector.

Let us know what you think. Is the heat map useful in your work? Did we choose the right indicators? What other indicators would you like for us to integrate in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or by email at washfunders@foundationcenter.org.

Our team at WASHfunders.org is pleased to announce several new enhancements to the site.

The funding map now includes a data feed from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid. Following consultations with donor and developing countries, the initiative developed a common, open standard for the publication of aid information. The new tab of IATI data found in WASHfunders complements the OECD data currently available on the site and provides substantially more detailed information about aid flows, including project-level information, when available.

IATI tab in WASHfunders Funding Map

   
In addition, we have updated our full suite of development indicators on the funding map, including indicators for improved water source and improved sanitation. Most indicators now reflect 2011 and 2012 data. 

Finally, as many of you know, we regularly update grantmaking data displayed on the map. Nearly 100 new grants have been added in the past two months. We have also added funder profiles for the Osprey Foundation and Fundacion Avina. If you would like your information included on WASHfunders, contact us at washfunders@foundationcenter.org.

Collectively, these improvements continue to make WASHfunders a useful first stop for anyone interested in understanding the current state of water access and sanitation, as well as funding flows in support of WASH.

In the coming months, we’ll be adding new data streams to the site. If there are particular data feeds you would like to see integrated into WASHfunders, let us know in the comments section below.

JMP Indicators Updated on Funding Map

Last month, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) publicly released new country-level data on the proportion of the population using an improved drinking-water source and the proportion of the population using an improved sanitation facility. 

We’re pleased to report that WASHfunders has added the 2010 JMP data as a new overlay to its funding map, giving site users the most up-to-date contextual information about water and sanitation needs. Indicators at the country level, as well as urban and rural breakdowns, are provided. Simply go to the “Indicators” tab on the WASHfunders funding map and click on the desired indicator.

For an in-depth analysis of trends related to water and sanitation, take a look at JMP’s recently released report, Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2012 Update

On a separate, but related note, last week more than 20 leading WASH organizations and thought leaders participated in a twitter chat on monitoring and evaluation, organized by WASHfunders and hosted by Ned Breslin of Water for People and Susan Davis of Improve International. Participants exchanged ideas and resources on M&E issues specific to the WASH sector. In case you missed it, the full transcript can be found here. You can also follow us on twitter via @WASHfunders.

Are there other economic, health, or social indicators that inform your work on water, sanitation, and hygiene? Let us know at washfunders@foundationcenter.org so that we can continue to make site enhancements that meet your information needs.

Diarrheal Disease Indicator Added to Funding Map

Lack of access to clean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene are inextricably linked to the prevalence of gastrointestinal infections. Diarrhea, a common symptom of these infections, kills around 2.2 million people globally each year, mostly children in developing countries. Given this stark reality, diarrheal disease death rates are a critically important contextual indicator for those working in the WASH sector.

To help site users better account for this context in their work, WASHfunders has added the World Health Organization’s data on diarrheal disease death rates as a new overlay to its funding map. Simply go to the “indicators” tab and click on “diarrheal disease” to view incidence rates for any given country.

Are there other economic, health, or social indicators that inform your work on water, sanitation, and hygiene? Let us know at washfunders@foundationcenter.org so that we can continue to make site enhancements that meet your information needs.

WASHfunders.org icon

The Foundation Center is pleased to announce the launch of WASHfunders.org. Designed with philanthropic donors in mind, WASHfunders.org gives funders a “one stop shop” for the data and information they need to improve water access, sanitation, and hygiene around the world.

Though grantmakers are the primary audience for the site, we suspect that others interested in this urgent issue, including policymakers, practitioners, journalists, researchers, and the public, will find valuable resources on the site.

The site’s central feature is an interactive mapping application that shows where foundation grants are going, to which organizations, and for what purpose. WASHfunders.org is the first and only site with this critical data. What’s more, foundation funding flows are shown within the context of international aid funding and key development indicators, providing a robust picture of the WASH landscape in any given country or region.

WASHfunders.org also provides free access to a broad set of knowledge resources, including:

We’ll be using the Inside View section of the site to highlight site content, update you on new features, and share newsworthy events in the WASH sector, all with a philanthropic lens. To get Inside View posts delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for e-mail updates on the site’s home page.

In the meantime, help us spread the word about this exciting new resource. Tweet about us. Blog about us. Tell your friends and colleagues.

And, as always, let us know what you think of the site and how we can make the site as useful and user-friendly as possible. Our team can be reached at washfunders@foundationcenter.org.

WASHfunders.org was created with generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Read the full press release here.

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