Plan International and the Water Institute at UNC Release Findings on Community-led Total Sanitation

February 22, 2016  |  by

Plan International USA and the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have released new findings and results about rural sanitation behavior change processes using the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. Entitled CLTS Learning Series: Lessons from CLTS Implementation in Seven Countries, the research report identifies implications for practice and delivers…

Can We Really Put a Price on Meeting the Global Targets on Drinking-Water and Sanitation?

February 17, 2016  |  by

When the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were signed, a commitment was made to deliver improved water and sanitation to half the unserved population. This ambitious target was met for water but not for sanitation, with 2.4 billion people still lacking improved sanitation in 2015. The first part of our new study, The Costs of Meeting the 2030…

New Resources in the Knowledge Center

February 2, 2016  |  by

WASHfunders’ Recommended Reading section has expanded with the recent addition of some new publications. Resources added in the past several months include: Leave No One Behind: Voices of Women, Adolescent Girls, Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Sanitation Workforce summarizes the sanitation and hygiene hopes and aspirations of thousands of women and men of different ages and…

Refreshing WASH: Reinvigorating the WaterAid Global Strategy with the UN Global Goals

January 20, 2016  |  by

With the recently created UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) providing the new goals and targets in international development for the next 15 years, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as WaterAid have undertaken the task of realigning its global strategies to engage with these new objectives. WaterAid this year released its 2015-2020 Global Strategy, based around four…

3 Ways Development NGOs Can Increase Their Impact in 2016

January 11, 2016  |  by

First the good news: the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age was more than cut in half between 1990 and 2015. As the global development community transitions from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impressive stats like these help to buoy our spirits. Which we need, because we…

Realising Nigeria’s Sanitation Dreams

January 5, 2016  |  by

The bottom of the ladder Felicity runs a successful dress-making business in Nigeria’s Enugu state. She first set foot on the sanitation ladder in 2012, when her village was ‘triggered’, or motivated, through Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). The approach, which helps communities assess their sanitation situation, resulted in her husband building a basic pit latrine for…

Top Five Blog Posts of 2015

December 28, 2015  |  by

As 2015 comes to a close, we’re looking back and taking stock of the variety of topics featured on the WASHfunders blog this year – from the importance of systems in creating social change to the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals and the COP21 negotiations on the WASH sector. Featured below are the top five most…

Does the WASH Sector Need Innovation?

December 15, 2015  |  by

Do we need more innovation? It is one of the values in our new strategy, and the fact that so many people still don’t have decent water and sanitation in the 21st century should call for massive and rapid innovation…shouldn’t it? Well, I have three problems with it. First, there isn’t much that needs improvement about…