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…

Can Flexible Funding Lead to Better and Longer Lasting Results When it Comes to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions?

July 26, 2018  |  by

On June 7th, a rather rainy day at the Philanthropy House in Brussels, Belgium, Improve International convened a group of 14 people for the 3rd gathering of the Funder Collective for More Effective Partnerships. Over coffee, they met or got re-acquainted. Then representatives of three different types of funders – the Stone Family Foundation, Vitol Foundation, and Viva…

Less Data, More Action

May 2, 2018  |  by

How much data and monitoring of water services is too much? How can we ensure data collection and monitoring efforts bring about improved results and don’t end up absorbing resources otherwise put to use to imrpove services? This week’s story explores these questions. It was originally published by Engineering for Change. To read the original…

Innovation Through Failure, Mutation, and Flexibility

December 12, 2017  |  by

This week we feature another great piece  originally published by our friends at the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) with a focus on innovations in WASH in emergency settings. To see the original article, click here, and take a look at the last piece we featured by elrha on this topic here. By Mambwe Chella Having debunked…

The Power of Incentives: Lessons Learned from Designing and Implementing Results-Based WASH Programs

November 9, 2017  |  by , , , , ,

This week we highlight lessons by UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, iDE  and Thrive Networks in designing and implementing  innovative results-based WASH programs. On September 20th in New York City, Improve International and IRC convened a conversation on innovations in grantee-donor relationships in WASH programs hosted by the Voss Foundation…

Three Reasons People Give Up On Innovation

September 27, 2017  |  by

The road to innovation is not always an easy or a straightforward one. There are often steep curves, sudden turns, and even blind spots that catch us off-guard and discourage us along the way. In part one of this blog series, we tackled three myths surrounding innovation and we will now move on to explore three challenges…

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…

USAID launches globalwaters.org

August 25, 2017  |  by

This week we are featuring USAID’s new knowledge hub on WASH – Global Waters. The new site features learning materials, multimedia collections, technical resources, evaluations, case studies and much more. We love this resource and we hope you are making use of it too! This story originally appeared on Globalwaters, to view the original post,…

Self-Help Groups Can Produce Sustainable WASH Change

August 17, 2017  |  by

The Lancet recently published results from a randomized controlled trial of community health clubs (CHCs) in Rwanda – results that show that the clubs had virtually no effect on neither hygiene and sanitation behaviors nor health outcomes. In 2016, The Water Trust began piloting a hygiene and sanitation program in western Uganda that addresses several…

Community Banking for Sustainable Water at the Last Mile

August 10, 2017  |  by

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…