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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…

Making “Citywide” Manageable: A Ward-by-Ward Approach to Eliminating Open Defecation in Visakhapatnam, India

April 19, 2017  |  by

Swachh Bharat: defining the mission In the context of the global push for universal sanitation by 2030, the Swachh Bharat (“Clean India”) Mission – launched in 2014, for completion by 2019 – stands out for its ambitious timeline. As the mission to provide sanitation across the nation gathers pace, municipalities across India are responding to…

Understanding Your Role Within the Wider WASH Ecosystem

February 29, 2016  |  by

In discussions around how the SDG targets for water and sanitation can be achieved, ‘collaboration’ is often cited as the key: collaboration between the public and private sectors; between NGOs based in the same country; between local service providers and international NGOs; between national governments and multilateral finance institutions; even between funders. And of course…

Sustainable WASH in Conflict Zones

September 2, 2014  |  by ,

The 2015 Millennium Development Goal for water access has been met, but the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations still lack improved access. Among the remaining 768 million people, populations living in conflict zones face distinct obstacles to safe drinking water including displacement, damage to infrastructure, and security threats. Common WASH responses in conflict settings…

Country-led Monitoring of Rural Water Supplies — Is It Just a Dream?

June 3, 2013  |  by

Editor’s Note:This guest blog was authored by Dr. Kerstin Danert, water and sanitation specialist at the Swiss-based Skat Foundation. Kerstin discusses country-led monitoring and why it’s important for developing country governments to lead the WASH monitoring process. An online community is being formed around country-led monitoring efforts. If you’d like to learn more about it, you may…

5 Questions for… Dr. Kerstin Danert of Skat Foundation

February 11, 2013  |  by

1. What is the number one most critical issue facing the WASH sector today? Collectively, we have the means, the methods, and the technology to enable everyone to access safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services. However, we need much more consideration of PPPs — People, Power, and Politics. In other words, people’s different…

Making an Impact: Innovative Evaluation in WASH Education

July 2, 2012  |  by

Teachers in rural northern Uganda used mobile phones to complete follow-up surveys about the impact of WASH education. Credit: © Project WET Foundation The Lake Victoria Primary School (LVS) in Uganda offers an object lesson for anyone curious about the importance of WASH education. As part of a water provision project, gutters and downspouts were…