India launches national monitoring of toilet use

February 23, 2015  |  by

Photo credit: Government of India According to some media the Indian government has unleashed “toilet police” or “toilet gestapo” into the country.1 In fact, the central government has instructed local officials to take photographs of new toilets to prove that they have not only been constructed but are also being used. If states don’t upload…

USAID, Skoll Foundation Invest $2 Million in Uganda Water Project

February 12, 2015  |  by

Photo Credit: Evidence Action USAID and the Skoll Foundation have announced a joint investment of $2 million in Evidence Action to scale the Dispensers for Safe Water program in rural Uganda. The investment by the USAID-Skoll Innovation Investment Alliance will fund the installation of more than ten thousand low-cost chlorine dispensers, providing clean water to…

Water.org Receives $1.2 Million for Global Water Delivery Campaign

February 10, 2015  |  by

Stella Artois has announced a $1.2 million grant to Water.org in support of an initiative to end daily, time-consuming journeys to collect water by women in the developing world. According to the company, women around the world spend a collective two hundred million hours a year collecting clean water for their families. The company’s Buy…

Narrowing the WASH Capacity Gap

January 13, 2015  |  by

Two recent reports by the International Water Association and UN-Water draw attention to a WASH capacity gap crisis. These reports mark a major step forward to illustrate what many in the WASH sector have experienced first-hand: a shortage in the skills and number of local WASH sector workers undermines the success and sustainability of WASH…

This Ingenious Machine Turns Feces Into Drinking Water

January 8, 2015  |  by

I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water. The occasion was a tour of a facility…

Top Five Blog Posts of 2014

December 31, 2014  |  by

As 2014 comes to a close, we’re looking back and taking stock of the variety of topics featured on the WASHfunders blog this year – from corporate philanthropy and sector sustainability to newly produced WASH resources. Our countdown of the top five most popular blog posts from 2014 reflects this variety. 5. Pre-paid Meters: Bringing…

Toilet Board Coalition Launched on World Toilet Day

December 2, 2014  |  by

Launched as part of last month’s celebrations for World Toilet Day, the Toilet Board Coalition is a business-led initiative that aims to develop commercially scalable solutions in response to the global sanitation crisis. Initiated by Unilever in 2012, the Toilet Board Coalition brings together a number of businesses, government agencies, and other WASH organizations. In…

UN Reveals Major Gaps in Water and Sanitation – Especially in Rural Areas

November 19, 2014  |  by

Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from the World Health Organization on behalf of UN-Water. The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS 2014), published biannually, presents data from 94 countries…