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…

Top Five Blog Posts of 2013

December 20, 2013  |  by

We strive to make the WASHfunders blog a forum for thoughtful reflection and conversation on the challenges, successes, and innovations taking place in the WASH sector. Indeed, this year our blog featured a range of topics, including market-based solutions to the world’s water crisis, lessons learned from monitoring and evaluation of projects, and considerations for…

Putting the Entrepreneur into WASH

April 15, 2013  |  by

dloHaiti receiving a distinction from Imagine H2O prize for consumer innovation. Credit: Imagine H2O Editor’s Note:This guest blog is authored by Jim Chu, CEO of dloHaiti, a for-profit, investor-led initiative to provide cleaner and more affordable drinking water for underserved Haitians. Named after the Haitian Creole word for water, dloHaiti recently earned a top distinction from Imagine…

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…