Modelling for Change

March 28, 2017  |  by

Can Agent-Based simulation models help us to improve services in complex WASH systems? Practitioners in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector use a variety of modelling tools to guide them in understanding and improving service delivery. Examples include financial modelling in spreadsheet models, graphic information system-based (GIS) modelling for geographic mapping of infrastructure and conceptual…

What Role Can Charitable Foundations Play to Improve Water Service Reliability?

March 22, 2017  |  by

In discussions of strategies to improve rural water service reliability, the responsibility of private philanthropy to support a shift from funding projects that install infrastructure to supporting changes that lead to ongoing water and sanitation services is often ignored.  Through interviews with foundation program officers and water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) international non-governmental organizations…

Making Rights Real by Supporting Local Government Heroes

March 14, 2017  |  by

Louisa Gosling, WaterAid’s Quality Programmes Manager, introduces a guide to using the status of water and sanitation as human rights to drive progress on the ground, and explains how marketing strategies can help us reach our target audiences. This article was originally published on WaterAid.org. To view the original post, click here. By Louisa Gosling…

Environmental Surveillance of Schistosomiasis in ‘End Game’ Interventions

March 7, 2017  |  by

Published on January 15th in the journal Infectious Diseases of Poverty, a new article looks at the key aspects of environmental transmission of schistosomiasis, a waterborne disease spread through aquatic snails. In this blog, author Russell Stothard discusses aims to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like schistosomiasis and man made environments and conditions that can…

Who Owns the Land? The Challenges of Improving Sanitation Systems in Cities

February 28, 2017  |  by ,

Land rights – or the lack of them – are often fundamental when it comes to improving sanitation systems in cities. The lack of clarity over land ownership can be a real stumbling block when it comes to building new infrastructure – something Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has experienced in a…

Nigeria’s ‘Iron Lady’ of water and sanitation

February 13, 2017  |  by

World Toilet Day is marked every year on 19 November as a way to raise awareness and break taboos around toilets and sanitation. This year, UNICEF celebrated Toilet Heroes – the children and adults who are making an impact in their communities by demanding toilets and improved sanitation. This article was originally published on unicef.org, WASHfunders…

Climate Change and WASH: Conversation with a Researcher

January 17, 2017  |  by

2016 has not been lacking in extreme events – the Fort McMurray wildfires, Winter Storm Jonas, Hurricane Matthew, record-setting average global temperatures – and it’s assumed that such events will be occurring with increasing frequency. Such extreme events are highly covered in the news and grab the public’s attention, often resuming the ongoing discussion around…

Can you crowdsource water quality data?

January 9, 2017  |  by

The recently released Contextual Framework for Crowdsourcing Water Quality Data lays out a strategy for citizen engagement in decentralized water quality monitoring, enabled by the “mobile revolution.” According to the WHO, 1.8 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. Poor source water quality, non-existent or insufficient treatment, and defects in water distribution systems and storage…

Google and Indian Government Partner for Toilet-Finder Tool

January 3, 2017  |  by

World Toilet Day, an annual United Nations-sanctioned day of observance drawing attention to the 2.4 billion people around the world without access to clean and safe sanitation, dropped this past November in typically splashy fashion: a Coldplay and Jay-Z concert, the unveiling of a Gates Foundation poop smell-blocking perfume and enough well-meaning potty puns to last well into the…