WASH Organizations with Independent Evaluations

August 7, 2012  |  by

A couple of months ago, we published a blog at Improve International on assembling a list of WASH organizations with independent evaluations. We are working with WASHfunders to incorporate this information into WASHfunders.org, but in the meantime, based on popular demand, we’re sharing the list of organizations with independent evaluations (out of the approximately 550 WASH organizations identified). We…

WASH Education in Afghanistan

July 30, 2012  |  by

Girls enjoying a reliable source of clean well water at their school. Widespread poverty and decades of war have made Afghanistan one of the worst places in the world for sanitation and hygiene. Despite ten years of international investment and relief work, it remains one of the most underdeveloped and poorest countries in the world.…

Linking Microfinance, Water and Sanitation: Real Challenges, Real Benefits

July 10, 2012  |  by

A recent CGAP blog post highlights an often unrecognized role microfinance can play in the lives of the poor: enabling access to critical infrastructure services like water and sanitation. As the post explains, the idea is simple. By providing people with low cost loans, microfinance institutions (MFIs) “grow water and sanitation assets and infrastructure at…

Making an Impact: Innovative Evaluation in WASH Education

July 2, 2012  |  by

Teachers in rural northern Uganda used mobile phones to complete follow-up surveys about the impact of WASH education. Credit: © Project WET Foundation The Lake Victoria Primary School (LVS) in Uganda offers an object lesson for anyone curious about the importance of WASH education. As part of a water provision project, gutters and downspouts were…

Coca-Cola Commits $3.5 Million to United States Water Partnership

June 25, 2012  |  by

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a $3.5 million commitment to the United States Water Partnership, a public-private partnership launched on World Water Day 2012 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Announced at the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil, the partnership is designed to unite American expertise, knowledge, and resources and mobilize those assets to address global water challenges, with a…

Water: The Means to End Poverty

June 20, 2012  |  by

Girls enjoy the clean water from the new water points in Tianfala, Mali. Credit: WaterAid / Layton Thompson It is difficult to change people’s perceptions of international development, especially when TV reports from the Horn of Africa and Niger seem to hark back to the famines and droughts of the 1980s. Despite three decades of…

HSBC Launches $100 Million International Water Safety and Sanitation Initiative

June 18, 2012  |  by

Global banking giant HSBC has announced a five-year, $100 million partnership with WaterAid, WWF, and the Earthwatch Institute to improve sanitation and access to safe water for more than a million people, tackle water risks in the world’s major river basins, and raise awareness about the global water challenge. The launch of the HSBC Water Program coincides with the release of a…

Dispensers for Safe Water Making Huge Strides in Kenya

June 11, 2012  |  by

Caroline, the dispenser promoter in Laban Springs, shows a community member how to use the chlorine dispenser. Credit: Jonathan Kalan Following the death of her daughter, Adimu was left to take care of her HIV-positive granddaughter, Tabia. HIV has severely weakened Tabia’s immune system, making her especially vulnerable to waterborne diseases. “She would always need…