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  • Wild Water: why we need to build resilience in the face of climate change

    Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Florence Stuart-Leach

    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.’

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  • What do rocks have to do with water, sanitation and hygiene?

    Randullabad: Conceptual model
    Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Arjen Naafs

    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.

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  • The HandyPod chronicles: Cambodia’s floating toilets two years on

    A floating community on Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia.
    Posted 16 Mar 2017 by James Wicken

    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.

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  • Finding toilets in India: Google to the rescue?

    A boy plays at an open defecation site in Safeda Basti, Delhi, India.
    Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Anil Cherukupalli

    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.

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  • Water Action Month: why and how to get involved

    Water Action Month
    Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Alix Charles

    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.

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  • What being bold for change means for WASH this International Women’s Day

    Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Chelsea Huggett and Jane Wilbur

    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.

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  • Bringing morality and ethics to the forefront of NGOs’ legitimacy

    Bangre carries a jerry can in Imbina, Burkina Faso
    Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Robyn Waite

    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’.

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  • DIY water provision: the advantages of self-supply

    Ester Musonda extracts water from a protected dug well in Milengue, East Zambia, developed through self-supply.
    Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Mark Fabian

    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.

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  • District-wide sustainable WASH in Timor-Leste

    Novana, 3, washes her hands at a water pump installed in a rural village of Manufahi district, Timor-Leste.
    Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Alex Grumbley

    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.

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  • Eliminating blinding trachoma through focus on gender and WASH

    A boy having his face washed. Clean hands, clean faces free of mucus, and clean homesteads eliminate trachoma.
    Posted 14 Feb 2017 by James Kiyimba

    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.

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