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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…

SUSTAINABLE WASH FINANCE SERIES: Financing the Sector in Challenging Countries

December 11, 2018  |  by  |  Add a comment»

This story is part of our series on sustainable WASH finance. Fixing the leaks to attract commercial investment for sustainable urban water services in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. This story was originally published on IRC’s blog. To view the original story, click here. By Rolfe Eberhard  I was struck by the clear consensus that emerged from the…

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…

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),…

What a Research Project Taught us About Swachh Bharat Mission

August 21, 2018  |  by ,  |  Add a comment»

The findings of a research-to-action project to assess the Swachh Bharat Mission underline the importance of using an extremely contextual, localised approach in implementation. This story was originally published by India Development Review (IDR), to view the original story, click here.  By Dr Annapoorna Ravichander & Varsha Pillai The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) launched on October 2, 2014…

Transfer Sanitation Technology from Developed Markets to Meet the SDGs

August 7, 2018  |  by  |  Add a comment»

This week we share a story on the potential to accelerate progress toward the SDGs by transfering sanitation technology from developed markets. This story was originally published by Engineering for Change. To view the original post, click here. By Tom Decker If the world is going to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of universal…

Can Flexible Funding Lead to Better and Longer Lasting Results When it Comes to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions?

July 26, 2018  |  by  |  Add a comment»

On June 7th, a rather rainy day at the Philanthropy House in Brussels, Belgium, Improve International convened a group of 14 people for the 3rd gathering of the Funder Collective for More Effective Partnerships. Over coffee, they met or got re-acquainted. Then representatives of three different types of funders – the Stone Family Foundation, Vitol Foundation, and Viva…

The Politics of Groundwater

July 16, 2018  |  by ,  |  Add a comment»

In order to make access to water adequate and equitable, we must shift our focus from water sources to water resources. Both science, and community participation and cooperation, are key to addressing our water woes. A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage…

Achieving SDG 6: The Need for Local Centres of WASH Expertise and How to Do It

March 5, 2018  |  by ,  |  Add a comment»

This week CAWST and SMART Centre Group share 5 reasons why local WASH centers are worth the long-term investment. This article was originally published by CAWST. To view the original article, click here.  The goal: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The task at hand, right now: learn…

Understanding the Indian Rural Sanitation Market

February 20, 2018  |  by  |  Add a comment»

Solving rural sanitation problems in India requires the involvement of multiple stakeholders. These include government, programme implementers, financing institutions, entrepreneurs and households. Understanding the roles, strengths and weaknesses of each stakeholder, how they interact and complement each other, is key to achieving India’s ambitious goal of ending open defecation by 2019.  This week’s story was…