3 Questions for… Braimah Apambire of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

August 21, 2012  |  by

1. Describe what your organization does and what your role is. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in five priority areas: providing safe water,…

3 Questions for… David Rothschild of the Skoll Foundation

August 20, 2012  |  by

1. Describe what your organization does and what your role is. The Skoll Foundation drives large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Social entrepreneurs are…

Expanding the Toolbox

August 17, 2012  |  by

Latrines, like the one pictured here, and improved school WASH conditions help reduce girls’ absenteeism — just one important finding from SWASH+ research. Credit: CARE / Brendan Bannon, Kenya, 2012 In the summer of 2007, SWASH+, a school WASH project in Nyanza Province, Kenya, with a large and complex research operation, conducted a small study. The…

Bill Gates Names Winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge

August 15, 2012  |  by

Bill Gates presenting the first prize award to California Institute of Technology at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle on August 14, 2012. Photo Credit: ©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Michael Hanson Yesterday Bill Gates announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in Seattle — an effort to develop “next-generation” toilets…

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…