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Zainabu visits one of the Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities within her jurisdiction. As Director of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Department in her local government, she oversees a staff of 96 people working to improve sanitation in their communities.

Nigeria’s ‘Iron Lady’ of water and sanitation

February 13, 2017  |  by

World Toilet Day is marked every year on 19 November as a way to raise awareness and break taboos around toilets and sanitation. This year, UNICEF celebrated Toilet Heroes – the children and adults who are making an impact in their communities by demanding toilets and improved sanitation. This article was originally published on unicef.org, WASHfunders…

How Do You Deal with Waste in Areas of a City That Lack Sewers?

December 5, 2016  |  by

Providing sanitation services to unsewered parts of a city is complex. The challenge goes way beyond simply building toilets – its about finding financially viable ways to collect, treat, and dispose of waste. WSUP’s new film tells the story of our work in Lusaka, Zambia, to improve sanitation in low-income communities by working closely with the utility,…

A Better Way to Wash Hands Without Piped Water: Designing the Povu Poa

November 14, 2016  |  by ,

A member of a focus group in Kisumu, Kenya, provides user preference input for a handwashing station customized for areas without access to piped water. Photo Credit: Noel Wilson The theme of this year’s Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2016, was “Make Handwashing a Habit!” In places without access to piped water, new products and technologies…

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…

Solving the Sanitation Challenge in Malawi, One Toilet at a Time

July 6, 2016  |  by , ,

With implications in areas as diverse as nutrition, education, and health, the lack of proper sanitation and hygiene is considered one of the greatest barriers to global development. In Southern Africa, Malawi is all too familiar with these far-reaching consequences. Diarrheal disease is currently the fifth cause of death in Malawi and it is estimated…

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…

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…