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…

Can a Rural Handpump Tell You it’s Not Well?

April 25, 2016  |  by

Predictive health monitoring is widely used in engineering applications to detect damage to infrastructure as early as possible. Forecasting failure rather than merely detecting failure once it occurs helps to reduce the downtime of systems. Ideally, predictive maintenance can be used to avoid downtime completely. With this approach already widely used in many fields from commercial and…

Safe Water Network Showcases Innovative Financing and Partnerships for Ghana’s Rural Water Sector

April 1, 2016  |  by

At least 8 million people in Ghana lack reliable access to clean water every day. As the world raises the bar for development with the Sustainable Development Goals, shifting our indicators from number of water points to sustainable access over time, our government recognizes the need for innovative approaches to fill the gap. Charles Nimako,…

Realising Nigeria’s Sanitation Dreams

January 5, 2016  |  by

The bottom of the ladder Felicity runs a successful dress-making business in Nigeria’s Enugu state. She first set foot on the sanitation ladder in 2012, when her village was ‘triggered’, or motivated, through Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). The approach, which helps communities assess their sanitation situation, resulted in her husband building a basic pit latrine for…