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Big Gains in Access to Safe Drinking Water: How Four African Countries Did It … and How Others Can, Too

June 21, 2017  |  by

This article was originally published in USAID Global Waters Magazine. To view the original post, click here. In 1990, the East African nation of Ethiopia stood among the nations in most dire need of water development. Seventeen years of war had left its government and systems in disarray. Only 11 percent of its more than 48…

Graph showing the rise of Nigeria in world population rankings from 7th in 2013 to a projected 3rd in2100

Why Africa’s Biggest Economy is Falling Behind on Sanitation and 7 Ways Donors Can Make a Difference

June 14, 2017  |  by

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, has a staggering 130 million people without access to adequate sanitation according to WaterAid Nigeria. The country is witnessing rapid population growth such that urgent planning is needed to effectively pursue meeting the sanitation target of the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2013, United Nations projected that the country by 2050 will be…

Spotlight on 5 Grants for Menstrual Hygiene Management

May 24, 2017  |  by

This month on the blog we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management in anticipation of Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th. We took a plunge into the grants data available on our funding map and picked five example grants that highlight how funders work with implementing partners to ensure safe access to sanitation and menstrual…

Labour Day 2017: Working Without WASH

May 11, 2017  |  by

As May marks not only the month of Menstrual Hygiene Day, but also the month of International Labour Day, attention must be drawn to women in the workplace and the many barriers they face due to the lack of adequate access to sanitation. This article was originally published by Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council. To see the…

Two women in Nepal sitting next to each other holding a sign that reads "equal?"

Lack of Access to a Toilet and Handwashing Materials Hits Women and Girls Hardest, Especially When Menstruating

May 3, 2017  |  by

This article was originally published on the World Bank’s Water Blog. To view the original post, click here. Women and girls are particularly affected by the lack of safe and accessible water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). They suffer during menstruation and childbirth, and also carry the burden of hours spent collecting water when is it…

Health Risks From Wastewater and Food Contamination: What Can We Do?

April 26, 2017  |  by

Former PhD student at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Prince Antwi-Agyei tells us about his work on wastewater use in agriculture in Ghana. This article was originally published on Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity. To view the original post, click here. Have you ever wondered why people continue to use wastewater for vegetable farming…

Making “Citywide” Manageable: A Ward-by-Ward Approach to Eliminating Open Defecation in Visakhapatnam, India

April 19, 2017  |  by

Swachh Bharat: defining the mission In the context of the global push for universal sanitation by 2030, the Swachh Bharat (“Clean India”) Mission – launched in 2014, for completion by 2019 – stands out for its ambitious timeline. As the mission to provide sanitation across the nation gathers pace, municipalities across India are responding to…

WASH and Behavior Change: Six Key Lessons from an Evidence-based “Learning Expedition” in Haiti, Mali, Benin, and Mozambique

April 12, 2017  |  by ,

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is a Swiss-based international development organization. Our vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. In addition to our regular work undertaken in the context of programs and mandates, HELVETAS occasionally identifies…

Modelling for Change

March 28, 2017  |  by

Can Agent-Based simulation models help us to improve services in complex WASH systems? Practitioners in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector use a variety of modelling tools to guide them in understanding and improving service delivery. Examples include financial modelling in spreadsheet models, graphic information system-based (GIS) modelling for geographic mapping of infrastructure and conceptual…