Gamifying Urban Sanitation Services

February 13, 2018  |  by

By Steve Metcalfe It’s a real challenge to support the private sector to provide sanitation services to the poorest urban residents. On the one hand, the private sector will only get involved if services can be profitable; on the other hand, low-income customers with very little disposable income will only pay if a service is…

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…

Kea Pheng Interview: CLTS, WASH, and Sanitation Marketing Success in Cambodia

January 4, 2018  |  by

This week’s story was originally published by our friends at Kini. To see the original post, click here.  By Karen Delfau Kea Pheng is the Executive Director of RainWater Cambodia (RWC), local NGO established in 2004, working mainly in communities to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation services. They currently work in 15 provinces on 45…

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…

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…

Pritha Hariram Interview: Partnerships for Improved Development Aid, Performance Tools, and Women in Water

October 20, 2017  |  by

This week’s story was originally published by our friends at Kini. To see the original post, click here. Kini, Malaysian for ‘current’, signifying the views of leading water practitioners in regards to current trends related to their respective areas of expertise, seeks to expand the dialogue about solving water problems more broadly throughout Australia and…

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…

Safe Water Network Improves Operations Through Mobile Data Collection and Management

August 30, 2017  |  by ,

Last month, Safe Water Network’s Ghana-based Innovations Manager, Charles Yeboah, traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to participate in GSMA’s Mobile360 Africa conference, a convening of more than 1,000 professionals in the mobile, technology, and utility fields. Conference attendees may have been wondering, how does Safe Water Network—a nonprofit advancing the potential for small water…