Preparing Community WASH Promoters for Success

October 11, 2016  |  by

When designing training, program managers often include only technical knowledge. Subject matter knowledge is essential, but developing skills to present and communicate information, relate to target audiences, and disseminate complex information for the purpose of learning are equally important. Take the case of Community WASH Promoters. They certainly need to know how to treat water,…

Toilets Transform Communities in Rural Angola

October 3, 2016  |  by

© Karin Schermbrucker. Eugenia, 11, washes her hands after learning about sanitation and hygiene during a ‘triggering’ meeting in Calipanguela Village, Angola. I recently returned from a trip to visit rural villages in Angola to look at the impact that UNICEF’s sanitation partnership with Andrex is having on children and families there. It’s incredible to…

Wastewater Treatment: A Growing Crisis and Its Solutions, Part Two

September 26, 2016  |  by

Designers and engineers have long recognized the need for wastewater treatment in developing communities but often are met with the challenges of no piped sewer system, high capital investment, and limited technical skills necessary for operation and maintenance. Enter decentralized wastewater treatment; a solution that treats waste effectively on site and requires no existing piped…

The Value of Water

September 19, 2016  |  by

I got this email from Stuart, one of our board members, yesterday: “For June, R. and I used 2,000 gallons. That is 66.67 gallons a day. There is no way I could carry that amount of water each day to my home. Plus, what is it all used for? I guess shower and flushing are the biggest…

Selling Toilets

August 29, 2016  |  by

It’s easy for most of us to take the simplest things–like flushing a toilet–for granted. Yet almost 2.4 billion people lack access to modern sanitation, and nearly 1 billion practice open defecation, according to the World Health Organization. The problem is worst in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, particularly India. What’s to be…

A Big Agenda in the Big Apple: the Global Goals at the UN High Level Political Forum

August 17, 2016  |  by

When policy makers gathered recently at the UN in New York, WaterAid was there to highlight the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in achieving Agenda 2030. Advocacy Coordinator Jayde Bradley reflects on what was learned. Nearly 300 days after UN member states adopted Agenda 2030, I visited New York for the 2016 High Level…

Capacity Building Has a Face and a Name

August 16, 2016  |  by

The term capacity building is used a lot in international development and the water sector. It’s a nice, compact phrase that tries—but fails—to capture just how powerful it can be in peoples’ lives. Sure we need clean, universal phrases to help standardize communication, but they can sterilize emotion and impact: the very things that compel…