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  • Handwashing with soap: why should we care?

    Children washing their hands at school.
    Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Om Prasad Gautam

    Every year we celebrate Global Handwashing Day on 15 October with exciting, innovative activities across many countries. But why? And what role should handwashing play in the global development agenda? Om Prasad, Senior WASH Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, explains.

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  • Mapping progress and ambition toward 2030

    UNGA sign
    Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Margaret Batty

    ‘What is the story that an organisation tells itself that isn’t true’? Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Campaigns at WaterAid, celebrates progress since the UK House of Commons International Development Committee Report on Sanitation and Water published ten years ago.

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  • Urgent action needed at Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meetings

    Clean water
    Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Barbara Frost

    As the Sanitation and Water for All High-level Meetings get underway, Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, sees an opportunity to change the course of history.

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  • EU leads vision on Sustainable Development Goals – but will this translate into reality?

    Woman collecting water.
    Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Libby Smith

    The EU has announced its proposed Consensus for Development. Libby Smith, WaterAid UK’s Advocacy Officer, discusses the opportunities not to be missed in this chance to lead the world on turning Agenda 2030 into action.

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  • The sanitation sector: plenty of passion, so what's missing?

    Poor sanitation in Ifelodum, Lagos, Nigeria.
    Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Ada Oko-Williams

    A year after the UN sealed a commitment to achieve universal access to sanitation into the Sustainable Development Goals, WaterAid UK’s Ada Oko-Williams reflects on what the sector needs to change to make this reality.

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  • Why we need to push on with water and sanitation for all

    Happy children found drawing water from stand water taps that have been put in Lubunda Village, Zambia.
    Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Barbara Frost

    Safe water, a healthier planet, access to education and gender equality are all cornerstones of a UN agreement that unites countries in a common aim to build a better world for the next generation. One year on from the launch of the Global Goals, WaterAid’s Chief Executive Barbara Frost reflects on the progress made, and why we need to push on.

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  • New innovations for new challenges in the world of water

    Plumber Krishna, right, from Nepal is the subject of WaterAid's first virtual reality film, Aftershock.
    Posted 26 Aug 2016 by Barbara Frost

    On 28 August 2016, key figures in the water and sanitation world will kick off the annual World Water Week in Stockholm. Barbara Frost, WaterAid's Chief Executive, reflects on the challenges facing universal access to water, and her final visit to World Water Week before retiring next year.

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  • The ‘perennial hope’: private sector investment in WASH in Nigeria

    Community members collecting water from one of the two functioning boleholes in Etenyi village, Ado Local government area, Benue state, Nigeria.
    Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Michael Ojo

    With WASH in Nigeria suffering low levels of investment, and current investments performing poorly, Michael Ojo, Country Director for WaterAid Nigeria, asks why the Nigerian water sector remains such an unattractive proposition for investors.

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  • A big Agenda in the Big Apple: the Global Goals at the UN High Level Political Forum

    Children in Madagascar holding up Global Goals 6 signs.
    Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Jayde Bradley

    When policy makers gathered recently at the UN in New York, WaterAid was there to highlight the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in achieving Agenda 2030. Advocacy Coordinator Jayde Bradley reflects on what was learned.

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  • 35 years of WaterAid

    Francisca Sarmento, WaterAid Program Coordinator talks to villagers, Tetekar village, Manufahi district, Timor Leste, 2015
    Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Adam Furse

    As WaterAid UK celebrates its 35th birthday, and other WaterAid country offices reach huge milestones – India became a fully-fledged member and Nigeria turned 20 last month – Adam Furse, Head of Organisational Development at WaterAid international, discusses our direction of change, how we’ve broadened our reach, most recently into South America, and what the future holds.

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