Why Physical Unique Identifiers on Water Points Will Improve Sustainable Services

November 26, 2012  |  by

What is a unique identifier? You probably don’t think of it, but you use unique identifiers every day. In the U.S., your social security number is your unique identifier for the government (which is why if someone has it they can steal your identity). Your bank account number helps the bank track all information associated with…

The Stone Prize: From Concept to Reality

November 6, 2012  |  by ,

Chlorine dispensers used by communities in Kenya. Credit: Dispensers for Safe Water Prizes have long been successful at inspiring technological innovation, from determining a ship’s longitude to creating a toilet that costs less than five cents per user per day to operate. What is less common is using a prize as a tool to stimulate…

WASHfunders.org Celebrates Its First Anniversary

October 19, 2012  |  by

WASHfunders.org turns one today! And what a year it has been. Over the past year, we’ve seen our reach grow steadily, attracting more than a thousand site visitors a month from foundations, NGOs, and think tanks across all corners of the globe. Our funding map of data on foundation grantmaking for WASH is constantly expanding,…

Introducing: Splash

October 10, 2012  |  by

Introducing: Splash from splash on Vimeo. Kids need clean water to be healthy, to grow and thrive, to attend school regularly, and to fulfill their potential. Since 2006, Splash has developed a highly effective model to ensure safe water for urban children living at the intersection of these two streets: ‘greatest degrees of poverty’ and…

How Can SMS Texting Increase the Impact of Safe Drinking Water Programs?

October 1, 2012  |  by

One of Blue Planet Network’s founding members, Project Well, is an organization that brings safe drinking water to rural communities in an arsenic-affected district of West Bengal, India. Credit: Rudi Dundas SMS texting is today’s most widely used mobile data service, especially in some of the most rural and marginalized communities around the world. SMS traffic…

Engaging Networks for Systemic Impact Webinar, October 2

September 28, 2012  |  by

The Rockefeller Foundation, Context Partners, and NextBillion invite you to hear first-hand from NGO leaders about how their organizations leverage networks to build and maintain their capacity to innovate. This webinar is especially salient to WASH sector organizations interested in learning about the best practices of NGOs, like Winrock International, who are paving the way forward with holistic and innovative…

STARS Foundation Launches 2013 Impact Awards

September 26, 2012  |  by

School girl from Jogimara, Nepal, washing her hands at a Restless Development Nepal water supply. (2011 Asia-Pacific Health Award Winner) Credit: Kristian Buus The STARS Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 STARS Impact Awards recognizing outstanding organizations that achieve excellence in the provision of services to disadvantaged children. In response to…