Self-Help Groups Can Produce Sustainable WASH Change

August 17, 2017  |  by

The Lancet recently published results from a randomized controlled trial of community health clubs (CHCs) in Rwanda – results that show that the clubs had virtually no effect on neither hygiene and sanitation behaviors nor health outcomes. In 2016, The Water Trust began piloting a hygiene and sanitation program in western Uganda that addresses several…

Community Banking for Sustainable Water at the Last Mile

August 10, 2017  |  by

The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector has succeeded in significantly expanding access to clean water in rural communities. Yet the sector’s community-led approaches to sustain rural water have too often failed, with an estimated one in three hand pumps in rural Africa non-functional at any given moment. The sector has acknowledged the limitations of…

Group of people together in Rwanda looking at a chart/folder

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…

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…

Making Rights Real by Supporting Local Government Heroes

March 14, 2017  |  by

Louisa Gosling, WaterAid’s Quality Programmes Manager, introduces a guide to using the status of water and sanitation as human rights to drive progress on the ground, and explains how marketing strategies can help us reach our target audiences. This article was originally published on WaterAid.org. To view the original post, click here. By Louisa Gosling…

Who Owns the Land? The Challenges of Improving Sanitation Systems in Cities

February 28, 2017  |  by ,

Land rights – or the lack of them – are often fundamental when it comes to improving sanitation systems in cities. The lack of clarity over land ownership can be a real stumbling block when it comes to building new infrastructure – something Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has experienced in a…

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…