SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Financing the Sector in Challenging Countries

December 11, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Fixing the leaks to attract commercial investment for sustainable urban water services in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. This story was originally published on IRC’s blog. To view the original story, click here. By Rolfe Eberhard  I was struck by the clear consensus that emerged from the…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Customers, Not Beneficiaries: Shifting Our perception of the Urban Poor and their Ability to Participate Financially in Water and Sanitation Service Delivery

December 7, 2018  |  by

By Kirk Anderson With nearly 1 billion people worldwide lacking access to clean water and more than 2 billion lacking access to a toilet, achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Access to clean water and sanitation for all people) is a monumental task. The world needs strategies and mechanisms that move us forward quickly and sustainably.…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Finance and Marketing for CLTS and Rural WASH: Challenges and Opportunities in West and Central Africa

November 28, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. The CLTS Knowledge Hub held a four-day regional workshop in Saly, Senegal; the major aim was encouraging and engaging sanitation practitioners across fifteen West and Central African (WCA) countries for them to share knowledge and experiences, as well as challenges and innovations in regards to…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Money From Waste? Revamp Your View on Sanitation

November 13, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Over the next few weeks we will share innovative approaches to closing the financing gap for SDG6. This story was originally published on the World Bank’s Water Blog. To view the original article, click here. By Daniel Ddiba As an undergraduate student in Kampala, my…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Blended Finance for Water Infrastructure: Hope or Hype?

November 8, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Alex Money shares why more catalytic innovation is needed to have a transformative impact. This story was originally published on IRC’s blog. To view the original story, click here. By Alex Money  What is blended finance? Blended finance is a somewhat amorphous concept. A simple definition…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: How Blended Finance Can Help Us Accelerate Progress to SDG6

October 23, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Susan Davis shares how blended finance can help us accelerate progress towards SDG6. By Susan Davis Despite the traffic challenges typical to UN General Assembly week, 15 people gathered in midtown New York for a Funder Collective for More Effective Partnerships event to discuss how blended…

Blunders, Bloopers and Foul-Ups: Sharing Failures in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs

September 20, 2018  |  by , , ,

This week’s story features blunders, bloobers and foul-ups in WASH programming. It was originally published on the Engineering For Change blog. To view the original article, click here. Shit happens. It is known that international development programs don’t always go as planned, and the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector is no exception. Our programs often don’t…

Challenging Gender Norms to Achieve Sustainable Sanitation

September 13, 2018  |  by ,

This week, our friends at the CLTS Knowledge hub discuss the role of men in achieving sustainable and gender transformative sanitation outcomes. This story was originally published on CLTS Knowledge Hub’s blog. To view the original story, click here. By Naomi Vernon & Jamie Myers At the beginning of 2018, the CLTS Knowledge Hub based…

Developing a Taste for Artisanal Development

September 11, 2018  |  by

This week, a call to action and reflection from Susan Davis: How can we acquire a taste for old school, artisanal, and built-to-last development? By Susan Davis Housemade, artisanal, craft. Backyard beekeeping, urban chickens, knitting, homemade pickles. In recent years, it’s become hip to be square. Hipsters like bands that no-one has heard of (on vinyl),…

Taps and Toilets Aren’t Enough: Designing WASH Programmes That Strengthen the System

August 28, 2018  |  by ,

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes that focus solely on providing taps, toilets and one-off trainings are unlikely to deliver lasting outcomes. An overwhelming body of evidence highlights that services underperform and improved behaviours regress because there is insufficient ongoing support from permanent, in-country institutions and the local private sector. This week’s story explores some…