WASHfunders Recognized as a Top Innovation in Global Philanthropy

November 10, 2014  |  by

We’re pleased to share that a recently released report from New Philanthropy Capital recognized WASHfunders.org as a top innovation in global philanthropy. The report, 10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy, praises the information on funding flows available through WASHfunders’ mapping tool and notes that the site reflects the broader push for open data in the philanthropic…

Humanitarian Innovation Fund Announces New WASH Initiative

January 28, 2014  |  by

Boy, 11, uses Tippy Toppy in Indonesia. Credit: Jim Holmes, Oxfam GB The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), a grantmaking fund designed to support organizations in developing new technologies to make humanitarian aid more effective, has launched a new initiative to encourage innovation in emergency water, sanitation and hygiene. With support from the UK Department for…

Sparks of Innovation Help to Battle the Water and Sanitation Crisis

March 25, 2013  |  by

Bio gas system in May Ayni, Ethiopia. Credit: WaterAid / Marco Betti The ongoing sustainability of the world’s water usage is a hot topic. Not a week goes by without headlines announcing water wars, falling water tables or droughts. Water is a commodity in high demand by competing sectors (industry, agriculture and drinking water) and…

The Stone Prize: From Concept to Reality

November 6, 2012  |  by ,

Chlorine dispensers used by communities in Kenya. Credit: Dispensers for Safe Water Prizes have long been successful at inspiring technological innovation, from determining a ship’s longitude to creating a toilet that costs less than five cents per user per day to operate. What is less common is using a prize as a tool to stimulate…

Engaging Networks for Systemic Impact Webinar, October 2

September 28, 2012  |  by

The Rockefeller Foundation, Context Partners, and NextBillion invite you to hear first-hand from NGO leaders about how their organizations leverage networks to build and maintain their capacity to innovate. This webinar is especially salient to WASH sector organizations interested in learning about the best practices of NGOs, like Winrock International, who are paving the way forward with holistic and innovative…

3 Questions for… John Thomas of the Rockefeller Foundation

August 22, 2012  |  by

1. Describe what your organization does and what your role is. I’m currently a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation, where I conduct research and work with our partners and grantees to support the strategic development of various initiatives ranging from climate smart agriculture to fisheries management to water service delivery for poor or vulnerable populations. The…

Bill Gates Names Winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge

August 15, 2012  |  by

Bill Gates presenting the first prize award to California Institute of Technology at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle on August 14, 2012. Photo Credit: ©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Michael Hanson Yesterday Bill Gates announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in Seattle — an effort to develop “next-generation” toilets…