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…

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…

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…

How Breaking Down Boundaries Can Solve Sanitation

September 14, 2017  |  by

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. —Helen Keller By John Sauer If we believe leading thinking on collaboration, we know we need to do more of it. But it’s also common sense that bad collaboration could be worse than no collaboration at all. I think it’s fair to say…

Why Crowdfunding is Important for Philanthropy to Support

September 7, 2017  |  by

Crowdfunding is a unique tool that is greatly underused in the Indian social sector. Philanthropists can support and encourage nonprofits to adopt this new model of fundraising. This weeks story was originally published by our friends at India Development Reivew (IDR). Check out the original post here, and don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter…

Recipe for Success: How to End Malnutrition

August 29, 2017  |  by

At current rates of progress we won’t end malnutrition by 2030. To do so, countries must integrate their nutrition and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) plans. But to what extent are governments ensuring this kind of collaboration? Sophie Durrans of the SHARE Consortium and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine introduces their new analysis.…

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…

Modelling for Change

March 28, 2017  |  by

Can Agent-Based simulation models help us to improve services in complex WASH systems? Practitioners in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector use a variety of modelling tools to guide them in understanding and improving service delivery. Examples include financial modelling in spreadsheet models, graphic information system-based (GIS) modelling for geographic mapping of infrastructure and conceptual…