Opportunities for market shaping in West and Central Africa

March 5, 2019  |  by

Last November UNICEF’s West and Central Africa Regional Office, Supply Division and WASH Programme Division convened a regional sanitation industry consultation in Abuja, Nigeria. The consultation brought together 100+ representatives from industry, financial institutions, governments and development partners. This blog is part of a series focused on the discussions held on market shaping – including…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Private Sector, Will You Dance?

January 22, 2019  |  by

This story is part of our article series on sustainable WASH finance and was originally published on the Toiletboard blog. To view the original story, click here.  By John Sauer With 2020 on the doorstep, the global sanitation “toilet” community is becoming all too aware that without significant, annual changes in progress, there will be no…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Blended Finance Beyond the Hype

January 3, 2019  |  by ,

This Conference Perspective from the OECD – GIZ Conference: Closing the gap for water in line with SDG ambitions: the role of blended finance, 4-5 October 2018, Eschborn, Germany is part of our article series on sustainable WASH finance. This story was originally published on IRC’s blog. To view the original post, click here. By…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Want to Build Human Capital? Invest in WASH

December 18, 2018  |  by

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. At the World Bank Group annual meeting of finance ministers, donors and civil society representatives in October one buzzword was present everywhere – ‘human capital’. Dan Jones, Advocacy Coordinator at WaterAid UK, argues that investing in water, sanitation and hygiene shouldn’t be overlooked. This story was…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Customers, Not Beneficiaries: Shifting Our perception of the Urban Poor and their Ability to Participate Financially in Water and Sanitation Service Delivery

December 7, 2018  |  by

By Kirk Anderson With nearly 1 billion people worldwide lacking access to clean water and more than 2 billion lacking access to a toilet, achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Access to clean water and sanitation for all people) is a monumental task. The world needs strategies and mechanisms that move us forward quickly and sustainably.…

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…

Developing a Taste for Artisanal Development

September 11, 2018  |  by

This week, a call to action and reflection from Susan Davis: How can we acquire a taste for old school, artisanal, and built-to-last development? By Susan Davis Housemade, artisanal, craft. Backyard beekeeping, urban chickens, knitting, homemade pickles. In recent years, it’s become hip to be square. Hipsters like bands that no-one has heard of (on vinyl),…

What a Research Project Taught us About Swachh Bharat Mission

August 21, 2018  |  by ,

The findings of a research-to-action project to assess the Swachh Bharat Mission underline the importance of using an extremely contextual, localised approach in implementation. This story was originally published by India Development Review (IDR), to view the original story, click here.  By Dr Annapoorna Ravichander & Varsha Pillai The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) launched on October 2, 2014…

Mobile Communities in Ethiopia Seek Fixed Solutions to Their Water and Sanitation Challenges

August 1, 2018  |  by

This week, we share a story on how pastoral communities in Ethiopia  make use of mobile technology to increase the efficiency of water point maintenance. This article originally appeared on USAID Global Waters. To view the original post, click here. By Wendy Putnam In many respects, Ethiopia’s lowlands represent the final frontier for the country’s ambitious…