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Google and Indian Government Partner for Toilet-Finder Tool

January 3, 2017  |  by

World Toilet Day, an annual United Nations-sanctioned day of observance drawing attention to the 2.4 billion people around the world without access to clean and safe sanitation, dropped this past November in typically splashy fashion: a Coldplay and Jay-Z concert, the unveiling of a Gates Foundation poop smell-blocking perfume and enough well-meaning potty puns to last well into the…

This is What a Toilet Revolution Looks Like

November 7, 2016  |  by

I think I may have recently witnessed a real toilet revolution! As Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor’s (WSUP’s) Head of Sanitation, a general poop enthusiast, and having been born on World Toilet Day, I hope you can understand how exciting this is for me. I recently visited Visakhapatnam (‘Vizag’ for short) for 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…

IKEA Foundation Awards $13.9 Million to Expand Access to Clean Water

March 23, 2016  |  by

This post originally appeared on Philanthropy News Digest. You can find the original article here. The IKEA Foundation has announced a €12.4 million ($13.9 million) grant to Water.org in support of efforts to provide access to safe water and sanitation to a million people in India and Indonesia. Announced on World Water Day, the grant will enable Water.org to…

WASH in the Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake

May 4, 2015  |  by

As efforts shift from rescue to relief in the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Nepal, pledges of aid from individuals, foundations, and others are growing steadily while logistical challenges threaten to delay the response. An immediate priority for the WASH sector is to provide access to water, while longer term recovery will involve building…

Wielding Impact Investing to Accelerate Access to Safe Water

April 3, 2015  |  by

Impact investing is gaining momentum worldwide. Seen as the future of double bottom-line investing – which seeks to measure investment performance in term of positive social impact, as well as fiscal performance, many believe this approach has the potential to leverage trillions in private capital to address social causes. Wealth holders are increasingly looking for…

India launches national monitoring of toilet use

February 23, 2015  |  by

Photo credit: Government of India According to some media the Indian government has unleashed “toilet police” or “toilet gestapo” into the country.1 In fact, the central government has instructed local officials to take photographs of new toilets to prove that they have not only been constructed but are also being used. If states don’t upload…

Bio-toilets: Transforming Indian Sanitation

August 18, 2014  |  by

Sanitation facilities in India are alarmingly poor with over 600 million people (half of India’s population) having no access to toilets. This lack of access, coupled with other inadequacies in waste disposal, such as the Indian Railways’s open-chute toilet system wherein human waste drops on the rail tracks, poses health hazards, raises environmental concerns, and…

Winners of ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India’ Announced

March 26, 2014  |  by

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council have announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India. Six organizations were awarded grants totaling $2 million to develop innovative "next-generation toilets" that can deliver safe, affordable, and sustainable sanitation solutions in India. A collaboration between the Gates Foundation, BIRAC, and the Indian Ministry of…