Self-Help Groups Can Produce Sustainable WASH Change

August 17, 2017  |  by  |  Add a comment»

The Lancet recently published results from a randomized controlled trial of community health clubs (CHCs) in Rwanda – results that show that the clubs had virtually no effect on neither hygiene and sanitation behaviors nor health outcomes. In 2016, The Water Trust began piloting a hygiene and sanitation program in western Uganda that addresses several…

Community Banking for Sustainable Water at the Last Mile

August 10, 2017  |  by  |  Add a comment»

The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector has succeeded in significantly expanding access to clean water in rural communities. Yet the sector’s community-led approaches to sustain rural water have too often failed, with an estimated one in three hand pumps in rural Africa non-functional at any given moment. The sector has acknowledged the limitations of…

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Why Cookie Cutter Models Don’t Work in Development

July 19, 2017  |  by ,

This week on the WASHfunders blog we are excited to feature a story originally published by our friends at India Development Review (IDR), India’s first independent online media platform for leaders in the development community, produced in partnership with Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy.​ IDR publishes ideas, opinion, analysis and lessons from real-world practice. Their content is targeted…

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Big Gains in Access to Safe Drinking Water: How Four African Countries Did It … and How Others Can, Too

June 21, 2017  |  by

This article was originally published in USAID Global Waters Magazine. To view the original post, click here. In 1990, the East African nation of Ethiopia stood among the nations in most dire need of water development. Seventeen years of war had left its government and systems in disarray. Only 11 percent of its more than 48…

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Why Africa’s Biggest Economy is Falling Behind on Sanitation and 7 Ways Donors Can Make a Difference

June 14, 2017  |  by

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, has a staggering 130 million people without access to adequate sanitation according to WaterAid Nigeria. The country is witnessing rapid population growth such that urgent planning is needed to effectively pursue meeting the sanitation target of the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2013, United Nations projected that the country by 2050 will be…

Spotlight on 5 Grants for Menstrual Hygiene Management

May 24, 2017  |  by

This month on the blog we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management in anticipation of Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th. We took a plunge into the grants data available on our funding map and picked five example grants that highlight how funders work with implementing partners to ensure safe access to sanitation and menstrual…

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Lack of Access to a Toilet and Handwashing Materials Hits Women and Girls Hardest, Especially When Menstruating

May 3, 2017  |  by

This article was originally published on the World Bank’s Water Blog. To view the original post, click here. Women and girls are particularly affected by the lack of safe and accessible water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). They suffer during menstruation and childbirth, and also carry the burden of hours spent collecting water when is it…

Environmental Surveillance of Schistosomiasis in ‘End Game’ Interventions

March 7, 2017  |  by

Published on January 15th in the journal Infectious Diseases of Poverty, a new article looks at the key aspects of environmental transmission of schistosomiasis, a waterborne disease spread through aquatic snails. In this blog, author Russell Stothard discusses aims to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like schistosomiasis and man made environments and conditions that can…

Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive and Sustainable WASH

December 19, 2016  |  by

Great strides have been made in improving sanitation in many developing countries, not least through Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an innovative method developed to address the behaviours behind ongoing open defecation. CLTS has spread rapidly over the last 16 years and is now present in over 60 different countries. However recent research shows that…