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We know that 663 million people are already struggling to access clean water due to poor management of services, social inequalities and population growth, but there’s another growing issue that’s compounding the problem: wild water. This World Water Day Florence Stuart-Leach, Digital Editor at WaterAid UK, discusses the findings of WaterAid’s new report, ‘Wild Water: The State of the World’s Water 2017.’
India uses more groundwater than China and the USA combined, and its supplies are rapidly depleting. Arjen Naafs, WaterAid's Technical Advisor for South Asia, delves into the hydrogeology that could help communities manage reserves effectively.
In 2015, James Wicken, Country Director for WaterAid Cambodia, introduced us to HandyPods – the novel floating toilet technology that WaterAid partner Wetlands Work! was pioneering in lake-dwelling communities in Cambodia. Two years on, James and Irina Chakraborty from Wetlands Work! recalls the challenges the project presented, and the innovative solutions they inspired.
India's Swachh Bharat sanitation campaign has triggered many novel schemes aiming to improve the country's sanitation. Now, tech giant Google has joined the battle to clean up India's toilet habits, by mapping public toilets. Anil Cherukupalli, Media and Communications Manager at WaterAid India, put the app to the test.
Water Action Month is an annual chance for WASH-focused organisations to rally behind the common goal of ensuring everyone everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation. Alix Charles, Campaign Consultant at End Water Poverty, explains why it’s a key moment for the WASH sector.
Tackling gender inequalities in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can have far-reaching effects on communities, if the potential is leveraged. Chelsea Huggett, Equity and Inclusion Rights Advisor at WaterAid Australia, and Jane Wilbur, Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor at WaterAid, suggest how we can start small to tackle the big issues.
Robyn Waite, formerly a WaterAid Policy Officer, is a doctoral student with the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Here she explains her research project, which she is currently conducting at WaterAid: ‘Towards an understanding of non-governmental development organisations’ moral legitimacy and applied ethics’.
In some contexts, incremental improvements to water supply can offer greater sustainability than can full interventions. Mark Fabian, Regional Technical Advisor for Southern Africa, describes the proven positives of self-supply.
In an environment characterised by many and varied limitations, WaterAid Timor-Leste works to improve the full spectrum of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and maintenance. Alex Grumbley, Country Director, explains how the programme has used a district-wide approach in its drive towards greater sustainability.
Trachoma is the most common cause of preventable blindness, damaging the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people, and disproportionately affecting women. James Kiyimba of WaterAid Uganda looks at the gender perspective of the disease, and WaterAid’s role in the race to eliminate trachoma by 2020.