Spotlight On… Merck

May 14, 2012  |  by

Merck and Safe Water Network are working together to bring sustainable water solutions to the rural poor in India. The new partnership will provide safe water access to another 20,000-30,000 people, such as this mother and child in Warangal in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. I sense the question on everyone’s mind when…

Unlocking WASH Knowledge and Know-How

May 7, 2012  |  by

What if there was a way for the WASH sector to unlock the hidden knowledge of sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation programs?  Blue Planet Network (BPN), an online global platform and network of 90+ WASH funders and implementing organizations, is designed to encourage collaboration, increase impact, and promote a cross-sector focus on project results…

What Can WASH Grantmakers Learn from the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership?

April 30, 2012  |  by

“Forty years ago today, Apollo 16 landed on the moon… By anyone’s standards it was a triumph of science, technology, and political will. I remember so many of us thinking that if humankind can do this, what could humankind NOT accomplish?” UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake continued on April 20 at the Sanitation and Water for…

5 Questions for… Ned Breslin of Water For People

April 23, 2012  |  by

If you are interested in participating in this series, send us an e-mail at: WASHfunders@foundationcenter.org. 1. What is the number one most critical issue facing the WASH sector today? That, as a sector, if we continue to muddle through with small-scale projects, and with programs that have no chance of scale or replication, and if we…

Interview with WaterAid’s Joshua Briemberg

April 16, 2012  |  by

Credit: WaterAid / Joshua Briemberg Joshua Briemberg, WaterAid’s Country Representative in Nicaragua, discusses the launch of WaterAid’s Nicaragua program, the organization’s first foray into Latin America, and outlines future plans for helping some of the country’s poorest, least accessible and largely indigenous communities gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Why did WaterAid decide to…

JMP Indicators Updated on Funding Map

April 9, 2012  |  by

Last month, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) publicly released new country-level data on the proportion of the population using an improved drinking-water source and the proportion of the population using an improved sanitation facility.  We’re pleased to report that WASHfunders has added the 2010 JMP data as a new overlay to its funding map, giving site users the…

Reflections on Water & Food Security

March 29, 2012  |  by

Credit: Aguayuda / Sabrina Zimmerman I was in DC last week for World Water Day celebrations, which focused on this year’s theme Water & Food Security. (The UN celebrated the first World Water Day on March 22 1993, and each year selects a theme highlighting an aspect of freshwater. Read about past themes here.) I…

Proving It: A Tool for Accountability, Learning, and Rigor

March 26, 2012  |  by

In recent years a voice has become increasingly audible within the WASH sector — a voice calling for honesty about failure, transparency in reporting, and sustainability of solutions. It didn’t emerge because failure swiftly became popular, but because failure appropriately became relevant. When water interventions fail, they fail people. While we can and do discuss…

How Are Foundations Tackling the Global Water Crisis?

March 22, 2012  |  by

It’s World Water Day. And for those of us lucky enough to be able to take clean drinking water for granted, the numbers can be difficult to wrap our heads around. Nearly one billion people globally do not have access to safe water and more than two billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.…