SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Blended Finance Beyond the Hype

January 3, 2019  |  by ,

This Conference Perspective from the OECD – GIZ Conference: Closing the gap for water in line with SDG ambitions: the role of blended finance, 4-5 October 2018, Eschborn, Germany is part of our article series on sustainable WASH finance. This story was originally published on IRC’s blog. To view the original post, click here. By…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Want to Build Human Capital? Invest in WASH

December 18, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. At the World Bank Group annual meeting of finance ministers, donors and civil society representatives in October one buzzword was present everywhere – ‘human capital’. Dan Jones, Advocacy Coordinator at WaterAid UK, argues that investing in water, sanitation and hygiene shouldn’t be overlooked. This story was…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Financing the Sector in Challenging Countries

December 11, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Fixing the leaks to attract commercial investment for sustainable urban water services in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. This story was originally published on IRC’s blog. To view the original story, click here. By Rolfe Eberhard  I was struck by the clear consensus that emerged from the…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Customers, Not Beneficiaries: Shifting Our perception of the Urban Poor and their Ability to Participate Financially in Water and Sanitation Service Delivery

December 7, 2018  |  by

By Kirk Anderson With nearly 1 billion people worldwide lacking access to clean water and more than 2 billion lacking access to a toilet, achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Access to clean water and sanitation for all people) is a monumental task. The world needs strategies and mechanisms that move us forward quickly and sustainably.…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Finance and Marketing for CLTS and Rural WASH: Challenges and Opportunities in West and Central Africa

November 28, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. The CLTS Knowledge Hub held a four-day regional workshop in Saly, Senegal; the major aim was encouraging and engaging sanitation practitioners across fifteen West and Central African (WCA) countries for them to share knowledge and experiences, as well as challenges and innovations in regards to…

Blunders, Bloopers and Foul-Ups: Sharing Failures in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs

September 20, 2018  |  by , , ,

This week’s story features blunders, bloobers and foul-ups in WASH programming. It was originally published on the Engineering For Change blog. To view the original article, click here. Shit happens. It is known that international development programs don’t always go as planned, and the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector is no exception. Our programs often don’t…

Challenging Gender Norms to Achieve Sustainable Sanitation

September 13, 2018  |  by ,

This week, our friends at the CLTS Knowledge hub discuss the role of men in achieving sustainable and gender transformative sanitation outcomes. This story was originally published on CLTS Knowledge Hub’s blog. To view the original story, click here. By Naomi Vernon & Jamie Myers At the beginning of 2018, the CLTS Knowledge Hub based…

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…

Menstruators Need More Than Something to Bleed On, They Also Need Information and Support

May 24, 2018  |  by

On May 28th, we celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, a chance to spotlight a normal biological process rendered a problem for far too many. Because menstruation is met with a mandate of shame, silence and secrecy, many menstruators lack the information and support they need to care for their bodies with confidence and ease, but hopeful…