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  • WaterAid at COP 23: pushing water, sanitation and hygiene up the adaptation agenda

    Alzira, 60, WaterAid beneficiary waters her garden, Lulibaba, Laclolema, Suco Dato, Liquica district, Timor Leste, 2013.
    Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Stephanie Lyons

    This week WaterAid is at the 23rd UN climate conference (COP 23) – presided over by the Pacific island nation of Fiji but hosted on the banks of the Rhine river in Bonn, the home of the global climate change convention.

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  • How can India's rural poor deal with 'wild water'?

    Sheela, 35, with her family at home in the village of Kubri, Bundelhand region.
    Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Anil Cherukupalli

    Whilst 94% of the population in India has access to some form of improved drinking water source, most drinking water sources are not resilient to climate change. Anil Cherukupalli, Media and Communications Manager for WaterAid India, explores what this means for the country's rural poor.

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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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  • How does WASH help people adapt to climate change?

    Sisters making their way home after collecting untreated water from a dam in Koala, Burkina Faso on 1 March 2014. The girls typically make three round trips every day, filling 17 jerry cans each time, with each trip taking over an hour.
    Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Hannah Crichton-Smith

    Hannah Crichton-Smith, Programme Sustainability Officer at WaterAid UK, highlights some of the ways in which water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) increases communities’ resilience.

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  • Knowledge management 3: another dimension

    Master Training of Trainers to Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) of Parasi Municipality. Parasi, Nawalparasi, Nepal, Apr 2016.
    Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Pete Cranston and Aditi Chandak

    Knowledge management is behind several elements crucial to our drive to increase our accountability to the people for and with whom we work. Guest author Pete Cranston and Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Learning and Knowledge Advisor, introduce the next phase of WaterAid’s Knowledge Management Review.

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  • Climate change: a threat and an opportunity for water and sanitation

    When collecting water women from the local community must walk across an area of barren ground that has been contaminated with saline after Cyclone Aila struck in 2009 in Bangladesh.
    Posted 10 Nov 2016 by Louise Whiting

    Climate change and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are inseparable. The persistent separation of climate policy making and WASH service delivery, combined with incoherent climate finance strategies, risks restricting progress for both. Louise Whiting, Senior Policy Analyst for Water Security and Climate Change at WaterAid UK, introduces new WaterAid research and discusses what needs to change to achieve the delivery of climate-resilient WASH service to all.

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  • The perfect storm: cholera, climate change and poor water and sanitation

    An area of Nihura Basti, Kanpur, India, which is used as a waste dump and an open toilet, 2014.
    Posted 31 Oct 2016 by Megan Wilson-Jones

    Worldwide, the number of cases of cholera is increasing at an alarming rate and outbreaks are re-emerging in epidemic proportions. Megan Wilson-Jones, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst for Health and Hygiene, explains the forces driving this disease.

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  • Enabling communities to monitor water levels in Timor-Leste

    Members of the Taliposa community in Nepal attach string to a float as part of a mechanism which monitors water levels.
    Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Moises Pereira

    Achievement of universal access to water and sanitation often requires strong community participation. However, some tasks, such as monitoring water levels, can be too difficult to fulfil. In Timor-Leste, WaterAid is working with local people to find a sustainable solution. Moises Pereira, Water Resource Management Officer at WaterAid Timor-Leste, explains.

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