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Collective action towards WASH systems strengthening

October 28, 2019  |   |  Add a comment»

by Alec Shannon What does it take to keep water, sanitation and hygiene services going? Strong systems. Simply put, systems strengthening involves supporting actors and factors. Actors include national and local government authorities, service providers, service users, and private sector entities.  Factors include financing, regulation, technology and much more.  In recent years, several organizations and…

Nine Ideas for Gender Transformative WASH Programming

August 22, 2019  |   |  Add a comment»

By Elaine Mercer This blog offers advice for practitioners wanting to apply gender transformative approaches to WASH programming. It has been partly adapted from the workshop ‘Gender Transformative WASH’ (April 2019) that the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) co-facilitated with Dr Sue Cavill for Plan International. The workshop was for Plan country-office staff from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Uganda…

Keep It Simple, Sanitation – experiences of app development

July 24, 2019  |  by  |  Add a comment»

By Rosie Renouf, Research Officer, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) Going to the toilet hasn’t changed much over the last few millennia and the nuts and bolts of the biological side of it are unlikely to change anytime soon. What has changed over the last 20 years of so, though, is our ability…

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Issue Insight on WASH

February 27, 2019  |  by  |  Add a comment»

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has compiled a brief Issue Insight on WASH, tailored to funders focused on how funders can support safe access to water in disasters. This issue brief was originally published on CDP’s website. To view the original story, click here. Water is one of the most necessary elements for life, yet…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Money From Waste? Revamp Your View on Sanitation

November 13, 2018  |  by  |  Add a comment»

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Over the next few weeks we will share innovative approaches to closing the financing gap for SDG6. This story was originally published on the World Bank’s Water Blog. To view the original article, click here. By Daniel Ddiba As an undergraduate student in Kampala, my…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: How Blended Finance Can Help Us Accelerate Progress to SDG6

October 23, 2018  |  by  |  Add a comment»

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Susan Davis shares how blended finance can help us accelerate progress towards SDG6. By Susan Davis Despite the traffic challenges typical to UN General Assembly week, 15 people gathered in midtown New York for a Funder Collective for More Effective Partnerships event to discuss how blended…

Blunders, Bloopers and Foul-Ups: Sharing Failures in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs

September 20, 2018  |  by , , ,  |  Add a comment»

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…

Challenging Gender Norms to Achieve Sustainable Sanitation

September 13, 2018  |  by ,  |  Add a comment»

This week, our friends at the CLTS Knowledge hub discuss the role of men in achieving sustainable and gender transformative sanitation outcomes. This story was originally published on CLTS Knowledge Hub’s blog. To view the original story, click here. By Naomi Vernon & Jamie Myers At the beginning of 2018, the CLTS Knowledge Hub based…

Developing a Taste for Artisanal Development

September 11, 2018  |  by  |  Add a comment»

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),…

Taps and Toilets Aren’t Enough: Designing WASH Programmes That Strengthen the System

August 28, 2018  |  by ,  |  Add a comment»

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes that focus solely on providing taps, toilets and one-off trainings are unlikely to deliver lasting outcomes. An overwhelming body of evidence highlights that services underperform and improved behaviours regress because there is insufficient ongoing support from permanent, in-country institutions and the local private sector. This week’s story explores some…