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Women collecting water from a river in Ghana. Credit: WaterAid / Jon Spaull

Women collecting water from a river in Ghana. Credit: WaterAid / Jon Spaull

The Guardian hosts a monthly podcast focusing on global development issues. In March, the half hour podcast explored water scarcity issues to mark World Water Day. Some of the questions addressed included: “Can these challenges [climate change, urbanization, and population growth] fuel co-operation rather than competition? What are the main obstacles to delivering and managing water supplies? Are governments doing enough — or too much — to protect resources? Should water supply be privatized? Is water a commodity or a human right?”

The Guardian's environment editor, John Vidal, moderated the conversation. Guest speakers included:

  • Dr. Peter Gleick, Leading Water Expert and Founder of the Pacific Institute
  • Timeyin Uwejamomere, Technical Support Manager at WaterAid
  • Thierry Mallet, Senior Executive and Vice-President of International at Suez Environmental
  • Catarina de Albuquerque, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation 

 Listen to the podcast, or read the full transcript. Then, tell us what you think in the comments!

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If you’re in the Bay Area, please join us for a lively dinner and discussion hosted by the Global Philanthropy Forum on November 10th at 6PM.

Event description:

That 1 billion people lack access to clean water is considered by many to be one of the greatest development failures of the modern era. That every 19 seconds a child dies from preventable, water-related disease is surely one of the great tragedies of our time. Improving water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has enormous impacts on reducing poverty and improving education and health, especially for women and girls. For twenty-five years, the Pacific Institute has worked to forge real-world solutions to this global challenge.

In order to increase access to clean water for the world's most vulnerable communities, it is critical to empower donors, social entrepreneurs and other change agents with the knowledge and tools they need to be strategic. That's why the Foundation Center developed WASHfunders.org, a new web site for funders -- and other stakeholders -- who are working together to solve the world's water crisis. The site features a mapping tool, WASH strategies of leading foundations, case studies of WASH projects around the world, tools for assessing project outcomes, and a searchable archive of research reports.

Speakers:

Meena Palaniappan, Director, International Water and Communities Initiative, Pacific Institute
Seema Shah, Director, Research for Special Projects, Foundation Center

Co-hosted with Silicon Valley Community Foundation at their offices:

 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
 Mountain View, California 94040

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Sawako Sonoyama at ssonoyama@philanthropyforum.org or (415) 293-4682 by Friday, November 4, 2011. Dinner cost is waived for GPF members. Cost for non-members is $50.

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