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…

Can you crowdsource water quality data?

January 9, 2017  |  by

The recently released Contextual Framework for Crowdsourcing Water Quality Data lays out a strategy for citizen engagement in decentralized water quality monitoring, enabled by the “mobile revolution.” According to the WHO, 1.8 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. Poor source water quality, non-existent or insufficient treatment, and defects in water distribution systems and storage…

Reducing Early Childhood Diarrhea Through Improved Learning

July 25, 2016  | 

Despite the availability of inexpensive and easy-to-use technologies and simple behaviors that can prevent diarrhea, it was an unpleasant surprise for me to learn that it kills more than half a million children a year, predominantly in the developing world. More troubling still, social scientists have found it challenging to get high adoption rates and…

Water, Climate, and Society: Who invited the mechatronics engineer?

July 5, 2016  |  by

Oxford’s REACH Water global consortium involves partners from many countries and organisations. Credit: REACH2016 I’m a robotics engineer from South Africa. I like technology, control theory, and data science – mostly things that don’t  (and can’t) get wet!  I know very little, if anything, about marine governance science, watershed management, or international water law. So…

Bio-toilets: Transforming Indian Sanitation

August 18, 2014  |  by

Sanitation facilities in India are alarmingly poor with over 600 million people (half of India’s population) having no access to toilets. This lack of access, coupled with other inadequacies in waste disposal, such as the Indian Railways’s open-chute toilet system wherein human waste drops on the rail tracks, poses health hazards, raises environmental concerns, and…

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

November 26, 2013  |  by

The Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) is a tool to assess the applicability of a WASH technology in a particular context and its potential to be adopted on a large scale. Under the WASHTech project, the TAF has been tested in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Uganda on 13 different WASH technologies including the ventilated improved pit…