Harnessing the “H” in WASH: The need to ensure hygiene’s place in the SDGs

May 11, 2015  |  by

Some of the world’s greatest development challenges have the simplest solutions. If you are reading this blog, you likely know the facts about water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). You probably know that diarrhea and pneumonia are the top killers of children under the age of five, and that WASH can make a big difference in…

WASH in the Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake

May 4, 2015  |  by

As efforts shift from rescue to relief in the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Nepal, pledges of aid from individuals, foundations, and others are growing steadily while logistical challenges threaten to delay the response. An immediate priority for the WASH sector is to provide access to water, while longer term recovery will involve building…

All Talk and No Action?

April 21, 2015  |  by

With the excitement and buzz of World Water Day behind us I’m left both inspired and concerned. I’m inspired because there is a growing understanding by WASH professionals that it will take market development and systemic change to truly solve the problem. These methods look overall at what is working and not working in terms…

Wielding Impact Investing to Accelerate Access to Safe Water

April 3, 2015  |  by

Impact investing is gaining momentum worldwide. Seen as the future of double bottom-line investing – which seeks to measure investment performance in term of positive social impact, as well as fiscal performance, many believe this approach has the potential to leverage trillions in private capital to address social causes. Wealth holders are increasingly looking for…

Survey of the Cumulative Impact of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

April 1, 2015  |  by

In 2014, World Vision engaged KPMG to implement a survey among NGOs involved with WASH activity, with an aim to identify the cumulative impact of WASH implementers and to estimate the number of people reached through WASH initiatives. Last October, the WASHfunders blog published this piece from Dr. Greg Allgood, Vice President of World Vision,…

World Water Day 2015

March 18, 2015  |  by

This Sunday, March 22 marks the 23rd annual World Water Day. In celebration of the Day, we have rounded up several events taking place around the world and online. Details are included below. Friday, March 20th WaterAid SH2Orts 2015 film competition On Friday, WaterAid will announce the winners of their SH2Orts 2015 film competition, which…