The Politics of Groundwater

July 16, 2018  |  by ,

In order to make access to water adequate and equitable, we must shift our focus from water sources to water resources. Both science, and community participation and cooperation, are key to addressing our water woes. A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage…

Planting Trees for the SDGs: Why We Need Investment Into Reforestation and Watershed Protection

June 6, 2018  |  by ,

This week’s story highlights the often-overlooked role of watershed protection and reforestation in ensuring access to clean water for all.  By Rob Bell & Jenna Saldaña Sustainable development goal (SDG) 6 sets out an ambitious goal for the international community: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The goal rightly…

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…

7 Ideas on How Knowledge Can Help Us Achieve Universal Access to Safely-managed Drinking Water and Sanitation

April 24, 2018  |  by ,

This week, we share 7 lessons learned from the Disease Control Priorities project to highlight the importance of improved knowledge managment for achieving universal access to water and sanitation. This story originally appeared on the World Bank Water Blog. To view the original post, click here. By Guy Hutton and Claire Chase It is vital…

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…

The Biggest Bang for our Limited Water and Sanitation Buck: Can Investing in Small Towns Lead the Way?

January 18, 2018  |  by ,

While the share of poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa decreased from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2012, the region’s rapid population growth outpaced the decrease in poverty, resulting in higher number of poor people than before. More specifically, Africa’s urban population is expected to triple in size in the next half century, which is putting…

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…

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…