Self-Help Groups Can Produce Sustainable WASH Change

August 17, 2017  |  by  |  Add a comment»

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  |  Add a comment»

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…

Still Barking up the Wrong Tree? Community Management: More Problem than Solution

July 27, 2017  |  by  |  Add a comment»

This week we are featuring a thought-provoking piece originally published by our friends at Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN). We encourage you to join their RWSN Sustainable Services community, where the article has sparked an active debate on community management of WASH programs. To view the original post, click here.  by Dr Ellie Chowns Received…

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Why Cookie Cutter Models Don’t Work in Development

July 19, 2017  |  by ,

This week on the WASHfunders blog we are excited to feature a story originally published by our friends at India Development Review (IDR), India’s first independent online media platform for leaders in the development community, produced in partnership with Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy.​ IDR publishes ideas, opinion, analysis and lessons from real-world practice. Their content is targeted…

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3 Things Faecal Sludge Can Teach us About Humanitarian Innovation

June 28, 2017  |  by

Think that faecal sludge isn’t relevant to you? Think again! Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has a portfolio of seven faecal sludge management (FSM) projects, and during a stock check on what they’ve learned about innovation, it was clear that the top three conclusions apply to more than just emergency WASH: they’re about the humanitarian ecosystem.…

Labour Day 2017: Working Without WASH

May 11, 2017  |  by

As May marks not only the month of Menstrual Hygiene Day, but also the month of International Labour Day, attention must be drawn to women in the workplace and the many barriers they face due to the lack of adequate access to sanitation. This article was originally published by Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council. To see the…

Making “Citywide” Manageable: A Ward-by-Ward Approach to Eliminating Open Defecation in Visakhapatnam, India

April 19, 2017  |  by

Swachh Bharat: defining the mission In the context of the global push for universal sanitation by 2030, the Swachh Bharat (“Clean India”) Mission – launched in 2014, for completion by 2019 – stands out for its ambitious timeline. As the mission to provide sanitation across the nation gathers pace, municipalities across India are responding to…

Who Owns the Land? The Challenges of Improving Sanitation Systems in Cities

February 28, 2017  |  by ,

Land rights – or the lack of them – are often fundamental when it comes to improving sanitation systems in cities. The lack of clarity over land ownership can be a real stumbling block when it comes to building new infrastructure – something Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has experienced in a…