Water, Climate, and Society: Who invited the mechatronics engineer?

July 5, 2016  |  by

Oxford’s REACH Water global consortium involves partners from many countries and organisations. Credit: REACH2016 I’m a robotics engineer from South Africa. I like technology, control theory, and data science – mostly things that don’t  (and can’t) get wet!  I know very little, if anything, about marine governance science, watershed management, or international water law. So…

Putting Local Wealth to Work for Safe Water Access

June 24, 2016  |  by

Photo Credit: Bobby Neptune Photography LLC Peaceful, jacaranda-shaded Embu, Kenya resembles many small cities in East Africa: bustling on market days, dusty and a little sleepy the rest of the week. But, water is always a major concern of its residents. Though Embu is situated near several rivers in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the…

Low-Tech Design Can Fuel WASH Innovations & SDG6

June 17, 2016  |  by

Bangladeshi Women. Photo credit: ohorizons.org Low-tech, scalable, local solutions present an exciting opportunity to address the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) objectives laid out in goal number six of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is no one-size-fits-all solution to tackling WASH issues, but in order for development projects to be successful and…

In Sierra Leone, Clean Water Returns to a Rural School

June 3, 2016  |  by

Living Water engineer Rosemarie Yema Blake pumps water from a newly restored well as a representative from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation collects a test sample. Prior to the rehabilitation, the well at the Harry C Primary school in Sierra Leone’s Masorie village had remained unused by the school and the villagers for years.…

What is Sanitation Success?

May 23, 2016  |  by

During a recent desk review, we found there is no one widely accepted definition of sanitation success, even for broadly used approaches like community-led total sanitation. Some consider long-term success to be the movement of households up the “sanitation ladder,” the idea of incremental progression between service levels of different quality. Success for sanitation marketing efforts can include…

The Business Case for Capacity Building

May 12, 2016  |  by

A growing list of reports argue for increased emphasis and investment in capacity building for international development. That’s a good thing. Why then has that increased attention largely failed to catalyze funders and implementers to make greater investments in capacity building? Capacity building is too often treated like a minor add-on to an infrastructure project, thought…

Accelerating and sustaining behaviour change: New handbook launched at GSF learning event

May 3, 2016  |  by ,

This week, the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) and the GSF-funded ‘Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement’ (FAA) in Madagascar launched a new handbook on accelerating and sustaining the end of open defecation. The handbook was launched during the GSF Learning Event in Antananarivo, Madagascar, inaugurated by Madagascar’s Minister of Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Roland Ravatomanga. A community…

Safe Water for All: Scaling Up is Doable

May 2, 2016  |  by

Recently Jan Willem Rosenboom, a WASH senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote a candid post on just how hard it is to reach scale for water and sanitation projects. Dispensers for Safe Water installation in Zomba county, Malawi. Photo credit: Evidence Action. We agree. We are a long way off…