Sparks of Innovation Help to Battle the Water and Sanitation Crisis

March 25, 2013  |  by

Bio gas system in May Ayni, Ethiopia. Credit: WaterAid / Marco Betti The ongoing sustainability of the world’s water usage is a hot topic. Not a week goes by without headlines announcing water wars, falling water tables or droughts. Water is a commodity in high demand by competing sectors (industry, agriculture and drinking water) and…

World Water Day 2013

March 21, 2013  |  by

“Water cooperation is key to socioeconomic development, poverty eradication, social equity, gender equality and environmental sustainability.” – UN-Water In celebration of World Water Day on March 22, we have rounded up seven events taking place across the country and online. Details and registration information are below. Friday, March 22nd New York (10AM – 5PM EDT) UN High Level Interactive…

Leveraging Partnerships to Increase Impact

March 18, 2013  |  by

Young girl filling jerricans in the Ogurotapa village of the Pallisa district, Southeast Uganda. Credit: Rudi Dundas Tell us about the H2O+ Uganda initiative BPN helped to launch last year. H2O+ is a multi-sector initiative designed to eliminate the root causes of poverty. We developed the H2O+ initiative to reduce morbidity and mortality rates, and…

Report: New Sanitation Figures Compete with UN Statistics for Meeting Millennium Development Goals

March 11, 2013  |  by

The open sewer of Vasant Kunj B5 (left) — one of Delhi’s hundreds of slum villages, this one home to 5,000 people — is a trench dug out of the dirt that runs between lean-to homes made from old grain bags and a few bricks. Nearby, the 10,000 residents of Dwarka Sector 16 (right) worked…

Making Toilets Fashionable

February 25, 2013  |  by

Founder of the World Toilet Organization Jack Sim says that on the African continent there has been some progress in terms of the community-led total sanitation approach. Credit: Meropa Communications When the founder of the World Toilet Organization, Jack Sim, turned 40, he literally began counting how many more days he had to live and…

Take Our Short WASHfunders Survey

February 19, 2013  |  by

If you haven’t participated in our short survey, there is still time. Please click here or copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DM9RXWG.   Whether you’re new to the site or visit it often, your feedback is highly important to us. Tell us what you think of WASHfunders.org — what you like and what you’d like to…

Matt Damon Goes on Strike!

February 12, 2013  |  by

In this newly released video, Water.org co-founder and celebrity Matt Damon appears at a press conference to announce his plans to stop using the toilet until more people take the WASH crisis seriously. This tongue-in-cheek video campaign, the first in a series according to the L.A. Times, is Water.org’s attempt to raise awareness about global water and sanitation…

5 Questions for… Dr. Kerstin Danert of Skat Foundation

February 11, 2013  |  by

1. What is the number one most critical issue facing the WASH sector today? Collectively, we have the means, the methods, and the technology to enable everyone to access safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services. However, we need much more consideration of PPPs — People, Power, and Politics. In other words, people’s different…

A Penny for Your Thoughts

February 5, 2013  |  by

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