How Breaking Down Boundaries Can Solve Sanitation

September 14, 2017  |  by

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. —Helen Keller By John Sauer If we believe leading thinking on collaboration, we know we need to do more of it. But it’s also common sense that bad collaboration could be worse than no collaboration at all. I think it’s fair to say…

Safe Water Network Improves Operations Through Mobile Data Collection and Management

August 30, 2017  |  by ,

Last month, Safe Water Network’s Ghana-based Innovations Manager, Charles Yeboah, traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to participate in GSMA’s Mobile360 Africa conference, a convening of more than 1,000 professionals in the mobile, technology, and utility fields. Conference attendees may have been wondering, how does Safe Water Network—a nonprofit advancing the potential for small water…

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Why Cookie Cutter Models Don’t Work in Development

July 19, 2017  |  by ,

This week on the WASHfunders blog we are excited to feature a story originally published by our friends at India Development Review (IDR), India’s first independent online media platform for leaders in the development community, produced in partnership with Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy.​ IDR publishes ideas, opinion, analysis and lessons from real-world practice. Their content is targeted…

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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…

What Role Can Charitable Foundations Play to Improve Water Service Reliability?

March 22, 2017  |  by

In discussions of strategies to improve rural water service reliability, the responsibility of private philanthropy to support a shift from funding projects that install infrastructure to supporting changes that lead to ongoing water and sanitation services is often ignored.  Through interviews with foundation program officers and water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) international non-governmental organizations…

3 Ways Development NGOs Can Increase Their Impact in 2016

January 11, 2016  |  by

First the good news: the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age was more than cut in half between 1990 and 2015. As the global development community transitions from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impressive stats like these help to buoy our spirits. Which we need, because we…

New Video from Water For People on Pit Emptying and Marketplace Development

July 29, 2015  |  by

Pit Emptying and Marketplace Development: A Mucky Business from Water For People on Vimeo. Market development in sanitation is, both literally and figuratively, a mucky business. A recent video from Water For People thoughtfully illustrates the different approaches and limitations the organization has experienced in its attempts to establish a city-wide market for pit emptying…

All Talk and No Action?

April 21, 2015  |  by

With the excitement and buzz of World Water Day behind us I’m left both inspired and concerned. I’m inspired because there is a growing understanding by WASH professionals that it will take market development and systemic change to truly solve the problem. These methods look overall at what is working and not working in terms…