3 Ways Development NGOs Can Increase Their Impact in 2016

January 11, 2016  |  by

First the good news: the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age was more than cut in half between 1990 and 2015. As the global development community transitions from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impressive stats like these help to buoy our spirits. Which we need, because we…

Realising Nigeria’s Sanitation Dreams

January 5, 2016  |  by

The bottom of the ladder Felicity runs a successful dress-making business in Nigeria’s Enugu state. She first set foot on the sanitation ladder in 2012, when her village was ‘triggered’, or motivated, through Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). The approach, which helps communities assess their sanitation situation, resulted in her husband building a basic pit latrine for…

Top Five Blog Posts of 2015

December 28, 2015  |  by

As 2015 comes to a close, we’re looking back and taking stock of the variety of topics featured on the WASHfunders blog this year – from the importance of systems in creating social change to the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals and the COP21 negotiations on the WASH sector. Featured below are the top five most…

Does the WASH Sector Need Innovation?

December 15, 2015  |  by

Do we need more innovation? It is one of the values in our new strategy, and the fact that so many people still don’t have decent water and sanitation in the 21st century should call for massive and rapid innovation…shouldn’t it? Well, I have three problems with it. First, there isn’t much that needs improvement about…

Can the Paris Climate Negotiations Succeed if Water is Ignored?

December 2, 2015  |  by

We live in a changing world that is quickly becoming water scarce. Fresh water is critical for human wellbeing, as well as for healthy ecosystems and sustainable economies. Yet water scarcity is increasingly a global reality and water resources are facing unprecedented pressures. Rapid urbanisation, coupled with population growth and changing consumption patterns are being…

SDGs: Making Toilets An Object Of Desire

November 19, 2015  |  by

Toilets need to compete with mobile phones and televisions as desirable lifestyle products in order to achieve sanitation for all. For one-third of the world’s population, a clean, safe toilet — something many of us take for granted — remains out of reach. The Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to basic…

Recap of UNC Water and Health Conference

November 9, 2015  |  by

In followup to the University of North Carolina’s Water and Health Conference, which took place October 26-30, we’ve rounded up a number of tweets from conference presenters and participants. The conference covered a number of issues including drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and water resources with a strong public health emphasis.   Conf sponsor and partner @hiltonfound has…

A Glimmer of Hope Receives $7 Million Ethiopian Initiative

October 26, 2015  |  by

A Glimmer of Hope in Austin, Texas, has announced a $7 million grant from the IKEA Foundation in support of a five-year anti-poverty initiative in Ethiopia. The grant will support the organization’s efforts to provide clean water, education, health care, and microfinance opportunities in a rural Ethiopian community of seventy thousand people. The initiative is…