WaterAid Announces $2 Million Gates Foundation Grant

January 17, 2014  |  by

WaterAid America in New York City has announced a three-year, $2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of advocacy efforts on behalf of millions of people living without toilets or sanitation facilities. The organization will use the grant to support initiatives to increase access to basic sanitation services led by the governments of…

Top Five Blog Posts of 2013

December 20, 2013  |  by

We strive to make the WASHfunders blog a forum for thoughtful reflection and conversation on the challenges, successes, and innovations taking place in the WASH sector. Indeed, this year our blog featured a range of topics, including market-based solutions to the world’s water crisis, lessons learned from monitoring and evaluation of projects, and considerations for…

Innovations in Sanitation Come in All Shapes and Sizes

December 13, 2013  |  by

A “Fresh Life” toilet built by Sanergy, which has developed a novel business model based on building and servicing public toilets in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. For many, the name Bill Gates is synonymous with high-tech. They figure if Bill Gates is involved in a project, it must involve complex advanced technology, in which…

Stars Foundation Announces Impact Award Winners for WASH

December 9, 2013  |  by

Just last month, I wrote about Stars Foundation’s recent experience adding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as a new category for our flagship Impact Awards programme. Today, I can announce the inaugural winners. But not before I attempt the blogging equivalent of a tension-building drumroll… The Impact Awards recognise and reward effective, well-managed local organisations…

It Takes a Village to Track a WASH Project

December 3, 2013  |  by

As the WASH sector continues to expand and strengthen its role in global health, the sector’s trends and objectives have become more data-oriented and results-focused. Mobile, field-level technology has enabled NGOs to undertake data processing and monitoring of water resources in real-time…a practice that was previously only afforded to large municipal utilities and corporations. While…

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

November 26, 2013  |  by

The Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) is a tool to assess the applicability of a WASH technology in a particular context and its potential to be adopted on a large scale. Under the WASHTech project, the TAF has been tested in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Uganda on 13 different WASH technologies including the ventilated improved pit…

World Toilet Day 2013

November 19, 2013  |  by

In June of this year, the UN General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. This declaration was the culmination of efforts by the World Toilet Organization (WTO), which has been celebrating the day since 2001 to raise awareness of the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to basic sanitation. In…

Can a Merger Achieve Greater WASH Impact?

November 12, 2013  |  by

After sharing the news of our merger last month with WASH industry leaders, we heard many of the same questions. We thought our answers could spark some interesting discussions: How did the idea of a merger begin? Jin Zidell, founder of Blue Planet Network. Credit: BPN From the beginning, Jin Zidell, the founder of Blue…

Stars Foundation Announces New Award Category for WASH

November 6, 2013  |  by

At the Stars Foundation, we have spent the last 12 years identifying and investing in exceptional organizations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. Since 2007, we have focused our energy on the annual Impact Awards – a program that recognizes and rewards outstanding local organizations operating in the countries with the highest rates…

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