How Does Systems Change Really Happen? Four Key Insights

February 4, 2020  |   |  Add a comment»

By Sam Drabble, Head of Research & Learning at Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) In the context of the global push to meet the SDGs, sanitation continues to lag dramatically behind. The challenge goes far beyond a lack of, or unsuitable, infrastructure: underlying systemic issues hold the sector back and block millions…

India Has a Groundwater Problem

January 24, 2020  |   |  Add a comment»

by Rachita Vora and Smarinita Shetty   This story was originally published by India Development Review. To see the original post, click here. A majority of India’s water problems are those relating to groundwater—water that is found beneath the earth’s surface. This is because we are the largest user of groundwater in the world, and…

Combating Climate Change and Protecting the Livelihood of Rural Communities Through Watershed Restoration

January 24, 2020  |   |  Add a comment»

by Jenna Saldana, Dick Whitmore and Mark Sullivan WATER IS LIFE Water is life. But, across Nicaragua, rampant deforestation for cattle, agriculture, and timber extraction is resulting in less water. Streams that once flowed year round are now seasonally dry. Community wells are drying up in deforested communities in the northern and central regions of…

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Photo Essay: How Sanitation Workers Live and Work in Urban India

December 19, 2019  |   |  Add a comment»

A glimpse of the ‘back-end’ of Swachh Bharat Mission in Tier-I and Tier-II cities. by C S Sharada Prasad and Isha Ray India’s flagship sanitation programme, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), highlights the importance of both latrine use, and ‘safe and proper disposal’. Since most of urban India is not connected to sewers, the SBM recommends that cities…

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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…

Rooted in Research, Handwashing Stations Designed to Encourage Kids to Wash Their Hands

August 7, 2019  |  by  |  Add a comment»

Rooted in research, handwashing stations designed to encourage kids to wash their hands. This article was originally published by Engineering for chnage, to view the original article, click here. By Rob Goodier  Note: Splash’s newest line of wash stations is one of the Promising Prototypes to Watch in 2019. See the full list at the link.…

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…

Celebrating Gender Transformative Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Vietnam

July 17, 2019  |  by  |  Add a comment»

Within the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, gender issues are frequently reduced to the roles and experiences of women and within that often with a narrow focus on menstrual hygiene management. Although these issues are very important, many other central gender equality issues are missed or side-lined. This article was originally published by IDS, to…

AfricaSan 5: Financing Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa While Leaving No One Behind

July 17, 2019  |  by  |  Add a comment»

This blog post was written by an independent WASH consultant. It was originally published by CLTS Knowledge Hub, to view the original post, click here. By Florencia Rieiro  The AfricaSan 5 Conference was held in February in Cape Town, South Africa. Every three years it reunites policy-makers, development partners, donors and the private sector to discuss…