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…

WASH and Drugs (The Good Kind): The Three-Legged Race Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

May 29, 2012  |  by

Water access and hand-washing programs in Guatemala help to reduce the transmission of diseases such as soil-transmitted helminths and trachoma. Credit: Stephanie Ogden Years ago, I trained women in rural and remote areas of Central America to be community visual health promoters. They knew the very basics of eye disease and visual impairments, and could…

Spotlight On… Merck

May 14, 2012  |  by

Merck and Safe Water Network are working together to bring sustainable water solutions to the rural poor in India. The new partnership will provide safe water access to another 20,000-30,000 people, such as this mother and child in Warangal in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. I sense the question on everyone’s mind when…

Unlocking WASH Knowledge and Know-How

May 7, 2012  |  by

What if there was a way for the WASH sector to unlock the hidden knowledge of sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation programs?  Blue Planet Network (BPN), an online global platform and network of 90+ WASH funders and implementing organizations, is designed to encourage collaboration, increase impact, and promote a cross-sector focus on project results…