GLAAS 2014 Findings: Special report for Africa

June 22, 2015  |  by

Last month marked the released of the UN-Water GLAAS Special report for Africa, an initiative led by WHO in collaboration with the African Ministers’ Council on Water and the African Development Bank. The report, which draws on data gathered from 39 African countries, takes stock on progress made under the Millennium Development Goals and sets…

This Thursday: USAID Webinar on WASH Sustainability

June 3, 2015  |  by

This Thursday, June 4th, join USAID for the fourth in a series of five webinars to better understand the USAID Water and Development Strategy and how its principles provide the foundation for Agency water programming. To have lasting impact over time and after USAID’s assistance ends, WASH programs need to factor in sustainability during planning, design, implementation and…

WaSH Performance Index Reveals Unexpected Leaders in Water and Sanitation Progress

May 22, 2015  |  by

What is the WaSH Performance Index? The WaSH Performance Index is the first index to rank countries based on water and sanitation performance and on implementation of the human right to water and sanitation. It is the first of its kind in that it compares countries of all sizes, water and sanitation coverage, and income…

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…