SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: How Blended Finance Can Help Us Accelerate Progress to SDG6

October 23, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Susan Davis shares how blended finance can help us accelerate progress towards SDG6. By Susan Davis Despite the traffic challenges typical to UN General Assembly week, 15 people gathered in midtown New York for a Funder Collective for More Effective Partnerships event to discuss how blended…

Developing a Taste for Artisanal Development

September 11, 2018  |  by

This week, a call to action and reflection from Susan Davis: How can we acquire a taste for old school, artisanal, and built-to-last development? By Susan Davis Housemade, artisanal, craft. Backyard beekeeping, urban chickens, knitting, homemade pickles. In recent years, it’s become hip to be square. Hipsters like bands that no-one has heard of (on vinyl),…

What a Research Project Taught us About Swachh Bharat Mission

August 21, 2018  |  by ,

The findings of a research-to-action project to assess the Swachh Bharat Mission underline the importance of using an extremely contextual, localised approach in implementation. This story was originally published by India Development Review (IDR), to view the original story, click here.  By Dr Annapoorna Ravichander & Varsha Pillai The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) launched on October 2, 2014…

The Politics of Groundwater

July 16, 2018  |  by ,

In order to make access to water adequate and equitable, we must shift our focus from water sources to water resources. Both science, and community participation and cooperation, are key to addressing our water woes. A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage…

Photo Gallery: The Transformation of a Latrine Block in a Bangladeshi Slum

May 11, 2018  |  by

This month we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management and women’s safe access to sanitation, in anticipation of Menstural Hygiene Day on May 28th. Learn more and get involved here. What does safe access to sanitation for women and girls look like in practice? This series of photos highlights how improvements to a latrine…

Is Bollywood’s Pad Man Movie too Good to Be True?

May 9, 2018  |  by

Checking the facts and assumptions about menstrual hygiene in developing countries By Cor Dietvorst This month we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management and women’s safe access to sanitation, in anticipation of Menstural Hygiene Day on May 28th. Learn more and get involved here. This story was originally published by IRC. To see the…

Understanding the Indian Rural Sanitation Market

February 20, 2018  |  by

Solving rural sanitation problems in India requires the involvement of multiple stakeholders. These include government, programme implementers, financing institutions, entrepreneurs and households. Understanding the roles, strengths and weaknesses of each stakeholder, how they interact and complement each other, is key to achieving India’s ambitious goal of ending open defecation by 2019.  This week’s story was…

Kea Pheng Interview: CLTS, WASH, and Sanitation Marketing Success in Cambodia

January 4, 2018  |  by

This week’s story was originally published by our friends at Kini. To see the original post, click here.  By Karen Delfau Kea Pheng is the Executive Director of RainWater Cambodia (RWC), local NGO established in 2004, working mainly in communities to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation services. They currently work in 15 provinces on 45…

Flushing out Sanitation Market Failures

November 28, 2017  |  by , ,

This week we feature a story originally published by PSIImpact. To see the original story, click here. A third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — live without sanitation facilities. Not having access to even a basic toilet exposes millions of men, women, and children to risks of morbidity and mortality. During World…

The Power of Incentives: Lessons Learned from Designing and Implementing Results-Based WASH Programs

November 9, 2017  |  by , , , , ,

This week we highlight lessons by UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, iDE  and Thrive Networks in designing and implementing  innovative results-based WASH programs. On September 20th in New York City, Improve International and IRC convened a conversation on innovations in grantee-donor relationships in WASH programs hosted by the Voss Foundation…