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.…

World Water Day Events in NY and DC

March 13, 2012  |  by

World Water Day on March 22nd is right around the corner and will be marked by several events in New York and Washington D.C. See details and registration information below. Washington, D.C. Wednesday, March 21st (8AM – 5PM) Get Schooled on WASH is a day-long series of learning sessions, ranging from WASH 101 panels for…

International Women’s Day & WASH: A Photo Essay

March 8, 2012  |  by

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, this post reflects on and celebrates the role of women in the WASH crisis through photos. It is authored by Libby Plumb, senior communications advisor for WaterAid in America. She has worked for WaterAid for 13 years, undertaking a variety of roles for the UK and US offices and visiting many…