Can Flexible Funding Lead to Better and Longer Lasting Results When it Comes to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions?

July 26, 2018  |  by

On June 7th, a rather rainy day at the Philanthropy House in Brussels, Belgium, Improve International convened a group of 14 people for the 3rd gathering of the Funder Collective for More Effective Partnerships. Over coffee, they met or got re-acquainted. Then representatives of three different types of funders – the Stone Family Foundation, Vitol Foundation, and Viva…

Less Data, More Action

May 2, 2018  |  by

How much data and monitoring of water services is too much? How can we ensure data collection and monitoring efforts bring about improved results and don’t end up absorbing resources otherwise put to use to imrpove services? This week’s story explores these questions. It was originally published by Engineering for Change. To read the original…

The Power of Incentives: Lessons Learned from Designing and Implementing Results-Based WASH Programs

November 9, 2017  |  by , , , , ,

This week we highlight lessons by UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, iDE  and Thrive Networks in designing and implementing  innovative results-based WASH programs. On September 20th in New York City, Improve International and IRC convened a conversation on innovations in grantee-donor relationships in WASH programs hosted by the Voss Foundation…

The Value of Water

September 19, 2016  |  by

I got this email from Stuart, one of our board members, yesterday: “For June, R. and I used 2,000 gallons. That is 66.67 gallons a day. There is no way I could carry that amount of water each day to my home. Plus, what is it all used for? I guess shower and flushing are the biggest…

What is Sanitation Success?

May 23, 2016  |  by

During a recent desk review, we found there is no one widely accepted definition of sanitation success, even for broadly used approaches like community-led total sanitation. Some consider long-term success to be the movement of households up the “sanitation ladder,” the idea of incremental progression between service levels of different quality. Success for sanitation marketing efforts can include…

Services Monitoring for Service Delivery

April 29, 2013  |  by

Waiting for water in Rwanda. Credit: Susan M. Davis Last month I went to the Sustainable WASH Forum and Donor Dialogues in D.C. A theme of the conversations was roles and responsibilities, especially the roles of governments. One interesting debate was about who should be responsible for monitoring. Some said that governments should be solely responsible. There are some…

Why Physical Unique Identifiers on Water Points Will Improve Sustainable Services

November 26, 2012  |  by

What is a unique identifier? You probably don’t think of it, but you use unique identifiers every day. In the U.S., your social security number is your unique identifier for the government (which is why if someone has it they can steal your identity). Your bank account number helps the bank track all information associated with…

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…

Reflections on Water & Food Security

March 29, 2012  |  by

Credit: Aguayuda / Sabrina Zimmerman I was in DC last week for World Water Day celebrations, which focused on this year’s theme Water & Food Security. (The UN celebrated the first World Water Day on March 22 1993, and each year selects a theme highlighting an aspect of freshwater. Read about past themes here.) I…