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…

Taps and Toilets Aren’t Enough: Designing WASH Programmes That Strengthen the System

August 28, 2018  |  by ,

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes that focus solely on providing taps, toilets and one-off trainings are unlikely to deliver lasting outcomes. An overwhelming body of evidence highlights that services underperform and improved behaviours regress because there is insufficient ongoing support from permanent, in-country institutions and the local private sector. This week’s story explores some…

Achieving SDG 6: The Need for Local Centres of WASH Expertise and How to Do It

March 5, 2018  |  by ,

This week CAWST and SMART Centre Group share 5 reasons why local WASH centers are worth the long-term investment. This article was originally published by CAWST. To view the original article, click here.  The goal: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The task at hand, right now: learn…

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…

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…