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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…

Can a Rural Handpump Tell You it’s Not Well?

April 25, 2016  |  by

Predictive health monitoring is widely used in engineering applications to detect damage to infrastructure as early as possible. Forecasting failure rather than merely detecting failure once it occurs helps to reduce the downtime of systems. Ideally, predictive maintenance can be used to avoid downtime completely. With this approach already widely used in many fields from commercial and…

Plan International and the Water Institute at UNC Release Findings on Community-led Total Sanitation

February 22, 2016  |  by

Plan International USA and the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have released new findings and results about rural sanitation behavior change processes using the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. Entitled CLTS Learning Series: Lessons from CLTS Implementation in Seven Countries, the research report identifies implications for practice and delivers…

WaSH Performance Index Reveals Unexpected Leaders in Water and Sanitation Progress

May 22, 2015  |  by

What is the WaSH Performance Index? The WaSH Performance Index is the first index to rank countries based on water and sanitation performance and on implementation of the human right to water and sanitation. It is the first of its kind in that it compares countries of all sizes, water and sanitation coverage, and income…

Two Weeks Left to Help Shape How Water Data is Shared

March 4, 2015  |  by

No challenge in eradicating water poverty is as pressing as improving sustainability by ensuring continuous high-quality drinking water service provision. High failure rates in the WASH sector squander scarce financial resources. Further, broken water systems can cause harm to millions of people in the Global South who have invested their own time and resources and…

India launches national monitoring of toilet use

February 23, 2015  |  by

Photo credit: Government of India According to some media the Indian government has unleashed “toilet police” or “toilet gestapo” into the country.1 In fact, the central government has instructed local officials to take photographs of new toilets to prove that they have not only been constructed but are also being used. If states don’t upload…