Why Bother with Technologies?

June 24, 2013  |  by

Participants at the scoring workshop on U2 pump in Mukono, Uganda, November 2012. Credit: Andre Olschewski Why bother with WASH technologies? Current WASH discourse focuses on sustainable service delivery, monitoring, and governance. Many WASH technologies, such as the India Mark II handpump and the VIP latrine, were successfully adopted and have improved the lives of…

Country-led Monitoring of Rural Water Supplies — Is It Just a Dream?

June 3, 2013  |  by

Editor’s Note:This guest blog was authored by Dr. Kerstin Danert, water and sanitation specialist at the Swiss-based Skat Foundation. Kerstin discusses country-led monitoring and why it’s important for developing country governments to lead the WASH monitoring process. An online community is being formed around country-led monitoring efforts. If you’d like to learn more about it, you may…

Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water: 2013 Update

May 28, 2013  |  by

This month, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) released the Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water: 2013 Update, an in-depth analysis of trends in global access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. According to JMP’s findings, almost 1.9 billion people have gained access to an improved sanitation facility since 1990, yet fifteen percent of the world…

USAID’s New Water Strategy: Pros, Cons, and What’s Next?

May 21, 2013  |  by

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launches its first-ever five-year water strategy today. We’ve all been waiting a long time for this, so some initial and mostly positive reactions follow.  First of all, congratulations to USAID and its many partners for getting this out the door. Any such strategy involves a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, particularly…

A Matter of Life: Investing in Sanitation

May 13, 2013  |  by

On April 19, the World Bank hosted an in-depth online conversation at their headquarters in Washington D.C. to discuss investing in sanitation.  The panelists included: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson  UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake World Bank Group Vice President of Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte American Standard Vice President Jim McHale The panel focused on the economics and politics…

Removing Barriers to WASH Webinar, May 8

May 6, 2013  |  by

The Rural Water Supply Network Equity and Inclusion Group invites you to learn about the new training materials, Equity and Inclusion in WASH, developed by the Water, Engineering, and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University and WaterAid. The training materials aim to provide WASH practitioners with a framework rooted in the social model of disability…

Services Monitoring for Service Delivery

April 29, 2013  |  by

Waiting for water in Rwanda. Credit: Susan M. Davis Last month I went to the Sustainable WASH Forum and Donor Dialogues in D.C. A theme of the conversations was roles and responsibilities, especially the roles of governments. One interesting debate was about who should be responsible for monitoring. Some said that governments should be solely responsible. There are some…

What Role for Sanitation in Water Cooperation?

April 22, 2013  |  by

Many of the discussions surrounding World Water Day continue to omit one of the biggest factors for actually achieving clean and secure water for all: sanitation. At least 2.5 billion people still lack access to a proper toilet – with this number rising to a staggering 4.1 billion if we include people whose sewage is not properly treated…

Putting the Entrepreneur into WASH

April 15, 2013  |  by

dloHaiti receiving a distinction from Imagine H2O prize for consumer innovation. Credit: Imagine H2O Editor’s Note:This guest blog is authored by Jim Chu, CEO of dloHaiti, a for-profit, investor-led initiative to provide cleaner and more affordable drinking water for underserved Haitians. Named after the Haitian Creole word for water, dloHaiti recently earned a top distinction from Imagine…

Podcast: Water, Water Everywhere?

April 8, 2013  |  by

Women collecting water from a river in Ghana. Credit: WaterAid / Jon Spaull The Guardian hosts a monthly podcast focusing on global development issues. In March, the half hour podcast explored water scarcity issues to mark World Water Day. Some of the questions addressed included: “Can these challenges [climate change, urbanization, and population growth] fuel…