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…

Developing a Taste for Artisanal Development

September 11, 2018  |  by

This week, a call to action and reflection from Susan Davis: How can we acquire a taste for old school, artisanal, and built-to-last development? By Susan Davis Housemade, artisanal, craft. Backyard beekeeping, urban chickens, knitting, homemade pickles. In recent years, it’s become hip to be square. Hipsters like bands that no-one has heard of (on vinyl),…

What a Research Project Taught us About Swachh Bharat Mission

August 21, 2018  |  by ,

The findings of a research-to-action project to assess the Swachh Bharat Mission underline the importance of using an extremely contextual, localised approach in implementation. This story was originally published by India Development Review (IDR), to view the original story, click here.  By Dr Annapoorna Ravichander & Varsha Pillai The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) launched on October 2, 2014…

Mobile Communities in Ethiopia Seek Fixed Solutions to Their Water and Sanitation Challenges

August 1, 2018  |  by

This week, we share a story on how pastoral communities in Ethiopia  make use of mobile technology to increase the efficiency of water point maintenance. This article originally appeared on USAID Global Waters. To view the original post, click here. By Wendy Putnam In many respects, Ethiopia’s lowlands represent the final frontier for the country’s ambitious…

Can Flexible Funding Lead to Better and Longer Lasting Results When it Comes to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions?

July 26, 2018  |  by

On June 7th, a rather rainy day at the Philanthropy House in Brussels, Belgium, Improve International convened a group of 14 people for the 3rd gathering of the Funder Collective for More Effective Partnerships. Over coffee, they met or got re-acquainted. Then representatives of three different types of funders – the Stone Family Foundation, Vitol Foundation, and Viva…

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…

Photo Gallery: The Transformation of a Latrine Block in a Bangladeshi Slum

May 11, 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. What does safe access to sanitation for women and girls look like in practice? This series of photos highlights how improvements to a latrine…

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…