Community Banking for Sustainable Water at the Last Mile

August 10, 2017  |  by  |  Add a comment»

The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector has succeeded in significantly expanding access to clean water in rural communities. Yet the sector’s community-led approaches to sustain rural water have too often failed, with an estimated one in three hand pumps in rural Africa non-functional at any given moment. The sector has acknowledged the limitations of…

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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…

Modelling for Change

March 28, 2017  |  by

Can Agent-Based simulation models help us to improve services in complex WASH systems? Practitioners in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector use a variety of modelling tools to guide them in understanding and improving service delivery. Examples include financial modelling in spreadsheet models, graphic information system-based (GIS) modelling for geographic mapping of infrastructure and conceptual…

Two Weeks Left to Help Shape How Water Data is Shared

March 4, 2015  |  by

No challenge in eradicating water poverty is as pressing as improving sustainability by ensuring continuous high-quality drinking water service provision. High failure rates in the WASH sector squander scarce financial resources. Further, broken water systems can cause harm to millions of people in the Global South who have invested their own time and resources and…

Affordability of WASH services: rules of thumb and why it’s difficult to measure

July 21, 2014  |  by

What happens when people cannot pay for water and sanitation services? Mostly, we hear about women and girls in low income countries and how they access polluted water from ponds, rivers or hand dug wells. This week, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (USA) made it to international news for disconnecting water services at a rate of…

Report: New Sanitation Figures Compete with UN Statistics for Meeting Millennium Development Goals

March 11, 2013  |  by

The open sewer of Vasant Kunj B5 (left) — one of Delhi’s hundreds of slum villages, this one home to 5,000 people — is a trench dug out of the dirt that runs between lean-to homes made from old grain bags and a few bricks. Nearby, the 10,000 residents of Dwarka Sector 16 (right) worked…