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…

The Politics of Groundwater

July 16, 2018  |  by ,

In order to make access to water adequate and equitable, we must shift our focus from water sources to water resources. Both science, and community participation and cooperation, are key to addressing our water woes. A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage…

Planting Trees for the SDGs: Why We Need Investment Into Reforestation and Watershed Protection

June 6, 2018  |  by ,

This week’s story highlights the often-overlooked role of watershed protection and reforestation in ensuring access to clean water for all.  By Rob Bell & Jenna Saldaña Sustainable development goal (SDG) 6 sets out an ambitious goal for the international community: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The goal rightly…

R2HC Opens Call for Proposals this June

May 29, 2018  |  by

On 5 June 2018 R2HC’s annual Call for Proposals opens. R2HC is a public health research fund aiming to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. The R2HC programme is the product of a strategic partnership between the UK Government (DFID), the Wellcome Trust, and the UK…

Menstruators Need More Than Something to Bleed On, They Also Need Information and Support

May 24, 2018  |  by

On May 28th, we celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, a chance to spotlight a normal biological process rendered a problem for far too many. Because menstruation is met with a mandate of shame, silence and secrecy, many menstruators lack the information and support they need to care for their bodies with confidence and ease, but hopeful…

Sanitary Pads for Underserved Populations – Two Common Approaches

May 17, 2018  |  by

This month we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management and women’s safe access to sanitation, in anticipation of Menstural Hygiene Day on May 28th. Learn more and get involved here. This story was originally pubslished by Engineering For Change. To see the original post, click here. By Michael Moscherosch Without access to affordable napkins, girls…

Photo Gallery: The Transformation of a Latrine Block in a Bangladeshi Slum

May 11, 2018  |  by

This month we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management and women’s safe access to sanitation, in anticipation of Menstural Hygiene Day on May 28th. Learn more and get involved here. What does safe access to sanitation for women and girls look like in practice? This series of photos highlights how improvements to a latrine…

Is Bollywood’s Pad Man Movie too Good to Be True?

May 9, 2018  |  by

Checking the facts and assumptions about menstrual hygiene in developing countries By Cor Dietvorst This month we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management and women’s safe access to sanitation, in anticipation of Menstural Hygiene Day on May 28th. Learn more and get involved here. This story was originally published by IRC. To see the…

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…

7 Ideas on How Knowledge Can Help Us Achieve Universal Access to Safely-managed Drinking Water and Sanitation

April 24, 2018  |  by ,

This week, we share 7 lessons learned from the Disease Control Priorities project to highlight the importance of improved knowledge managment for achieving universal access to water and sanitation. This story originally appeared on the World Bank Water Blog. To view the original post, click here. By Guy Hutton and Claire Chase It is vital…