Catalyzing Funding, Innovation, and Advocacy: U.S. Philanthropy and WASH

August 24, 2012  |  by

Attending World Water Week? Join us for a seminar examining the role of U.S. philanthropy in solving the global WASH crisis. Detailed information on the seminar’s theme and structure is below. Stockholm, Sweden — World Water Week conference venue, room K2 Wednesday, August 29th (9AM – 12:30PM) Follow @WASHfunders for live tweets at the time of the session This…

3 Questions for… John Oldfield of WASH Advocates

August 23, 2012  |  by

1. Describe what your organization does and what your role is. WASH Advocates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative entirely dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. Our mission is to raise awareness of WASH issues, and convert that heightened awareness into increased financial and political capital throughout the developing…

3 Questions for… John Thomas of the Rockefeller Foundation

August 22, 2012  |  by

1. Describe what your organization does and what your role is. I’m currently a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation, where I conduct research and work with our partners and grantees to support the strategic development of various initiatives ranging from climate smart agriculture to fisheries management to water service delivery for poor or vulnerable populations. The…

3 Questions for… Braimah Apambire of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

August 21, 2012  |  by

1. Describe what your organization does and what your role is. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in five priority areas: providing safe water,…

3 Questions for… David Rothschild of the Skoll Foundation

August 20, 2012  |  by

1. Describe what your organization does and what your role is. The Skoll Foundation drives large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Social entrepreneurs are…

Expanding the Toolbox

August 17, 2012  |  by

Latrines, like the one pictured here, and improved school WASH conditions help reduce girls’ absenteeism — just one important finding from SWASH+ research. Credit: CARE / Brendan Bannon, Kenya, 2012 In the summer of 2007, SWASH+, a school WASH project in Nyanza Province, Kenya, with a large and complex research operation, conducted a small study. The…

Bill Gates Names Winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge

August 15, 2012  |  by

Bill Gates presenting the first prize award to California Institute of Technology at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle on August 14, 2012. Photo Credit: ©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Michael Hanson Yesterday Bill Gates announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in Seattle — an effort to develop “next-generation” toilets…

WASH Organizations with Independent Evaluations

August 7, 2012  |  by

A couple of months ago, we published a blog at Improve International on assembling a list of WASH organizations with independent evaluations. We are working with WASHfunders to incorporate this information into WASHfunders.org, but in the meantime, based on popular demand, we’re sharing the list of organizations with independent evaluations (out of the approximately 550 WASH organizations identified). We…