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…

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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…

WASH and Behavior Change: Six Key Lessons from an Evidence-based “Learning Expedition” in Haiti, Mali, Benin, and Mozambique

April 12, 2017  |  by ,

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is a Swiss-based international development organization. Our vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. In addition to our regular work undertaken in the context of programs and mandates, HELVETAS occasionally identifies…

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…