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…

Water and Sanitation Seek Rightful Place in Post-2015 Agenda

April 1, 2013  |  by

Residents of Clara Town, a low-income neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia, face sanitation challenges with the onset of the rainy season. Credit: Travis Lupick / IPS When the General Assembly unanimously adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back in 2000, water and sanitation were reduced to a subtext — never a stand-alone goal compared with poverty…

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…