Sanitary Pads for Underserved Populations – Two Common Approaches

May 17, 2018  |  by

This month we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management and women’s safe access to sanitation, in anticipation of Menstural Hygiene Day on May 28th. Learn more and get involved here. This story was originally pubslished by Engineering For Change. To see the original post, click here. By Michael Moscherosch Without access to affordable napkins, girls…

Is Bollywood’s Pad Man Movie too Good to Be True?

May 9, 2018  |  by

Checking the facts and assumptions about menstrual hygiene in developing countries By Cor Dietvorst This month we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management and women’s safe access to sanitation, in anticipation of Menstural Hygiene Day on May 28th. Learn more and get involved here. This story was originally published by IRC. To see the…

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…

Gamifying Urban Sanitation Services

February 13, 2018  |  by

By Steve Metcalfe It’s a real challenge to support the private sector to provide sanitation services to the poorest urban residents. On the one hand, the private sector will only get involved if services can be profitable; on the other hand, low-income customers with very little disposable income will only pay if a service is…

Innovations to Combat the Spread of Cholera in Cities

December 18, 2017  |  by

This week we feature a story originally published by Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP). To view the original post, click here. Cholera is a common public health burden in cities across the developing world, and tackling the spread of cholera in low-income communities is of high priority for city authorities. By Rosie Renouf…

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…

Flushing out Sanitation Market Failures

November 28, 2017  |  by , ,

This week we feature a story originally published by PSIImpact. To see the original story, click here. A third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — live without sanitation facilities. Not having access to even a basic toilet exposes millions of men, women, and children to risks of morbidity and mortality. During World…

Funding Opportunity with The Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Up to £50,000 Available for Innovation Grants

November 16, 2017  |  by

This week we share a funding opportunity with the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. The goal of HIF is to support innovators across the entire innovation lifecycle. The recent external evaluation of HIF’s programme and strategic review identified the need for additional focus on the less-resourced innovation stages of problem recognition and diffusion. It also highlighted the importance of…

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…

Striking the Right Balance: Financial Viability vs. User Affordability in WASH Service Delivery Models

October 4, 2017  |  by

There is an ongoing conversation in the WASH sector about how we can enable urban water and sanitation service provision at scale. In Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor’s (WSUP) view, this can only be realised with the involvement of locally mandated service providers, such as water utilities and municipalities. These institutions need the…