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…

Being Boring in the Water Sector Pays Off

October 28, 2013  |  by

Data isn’t sexy. It doesn’t have the emotional appeal of water flowing from a hand pump for the first time into a child’s waiting hands. Nor does it have the “going viral” potential of Matt Damon refusing to use the toilet for a year. But data is a valuable commodity for the organizations working to…

Caterpillar Foundation Awards $8.3 Million to Water.org

October 22, 2013  |  by

Water.org has announced a $8.3 million grant — the largest single funding commitment in its history — from the Caterpillar Foundation to expand its WaterCredit initiative to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Peru. Using microfinance tools, the WaterCredit initiative makes it possible for a family living in poverty to secure a small loan to pay for construction of a water connection…

Global Handwashing Day 2013

October 15, 2013  |  by

In celebration of Global Handwashing Day, learn more about enabling handwashing technologies through the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program searchable online database. The database features over 40 simple designs used to facilitate the practice of handwashing in areas of the world where running water is not accessible for sanitation or hygiene. Innovative designs include the bobotap, a technology…

New Data Added to WASHfunders

October 9, 2013  |  by

Our team at WASHfunders.org is pleased to announce several new enhancements to the site. The funding map now includes a data feed from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid. Following consultations with donor and developing countries, the initiative developed a common, open standard for…

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