• Putting human rights at the centre of our approach

    Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Tom Palakudiyil

    On the eve of Human Rights Day, Tom Palakudiyil, WaterAid’s Regional Director for South Asia, looks at the evolution of WaterAid’s approach to a point where human rights are central to our work and a rights-based approach essential to achieving our vision.

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  • Why 'development effectiveness' matters for water, sanitation and hygiene

    Discussions at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) High Level Meeting in Mexico City, 2014.
    Posted 28 Nov 2016 by Clare Battle

    This week, global actors come together in Nairobi to discuss progress against global principles of effective development cooperation. Clare Battle, WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst for Governance, explains how the outcomes of these discussions will affect progress towards achieving water, sanitation and hygiene for all.

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  • Making toilets sexy in India

    A dysfunctional toilet in a government girls’ school in Puri, Odisha.
    Posted 9 Nov 2016 by VK Madhavan

    Speaking at our recent Supporters' Day, Madhavan from WaterAid India described a nation of contrasts on the brink of change. With the potential for the right nudges to trigger huge changes, he is excited about the future. The following blog is an abridged version of his speech.

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  • Knowledge management: connections not collections

    A lady standing at a flip chart.
    Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Aditi Chandak

    Sharing knowledge and building on lessons is important both within and between organisations in international development. After identifying our learning systems as a weakness, WaterAid commissioned a knowledge management review to help us pinpoint and address shortcomings – Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Knowledge and Learning Advisor, discusses the findings and what we can take forward.

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  • Seven things we learned from the World Health Assembly

    Channa Sam Ol (WaterAid Cambodia), Dr Lo Veasnakiry (Cambodia Ministry of Health) and Alison Macintyre (WaterAid Australia).
    Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Dan Jones

    A delegation of WaterAid staff from Australia, Cambodia, Senegal, UK and the US recently returned from the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Here the team reflect on influencing health ministers to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene in their pursuit of health for all. Here are seven things we learned.

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  • The journey to WaterAid India

    WaterAid India staff.
    Posted 23 May 2016 by Neeraj Jain, Pallavi Chaturvedi and Avinash Kumar

    This year, WaterAid India becomes our first country office to transition to being a member country. Neeraj Jain, Chief Executive of WaterAid India, Pallavi Chaturvedi, Director of Finance, PME and IT at WaterAid India, and Avinash Kumar, Director of Programmes and Policy at WaterAid India, describe how this was achieved, and look to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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  • Post-earthquake Nepal: rebuilding WASH facilities, rebuilding a nation

    A woman walks through rubble where houses stood.
    Posted 2 Feb 2016 by Pragya Lamsal

    Nine months since the first of two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal, Pragya Lamsal, Communications Officer at WaterAid Nepal, assesses the progress of WASH facilities being rebuilt in affected areas and why this is an important opportunity to ‘build back better’.

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  • SACOSAN-VI – a marketplace for ideas

    Avinash Kumar and Neeraj Jain from WaterAid India at ECOSAN.
    Posted 25 Jan 2016 by Avinash Kumar

    Progress, challenges and diversity: Avinash Kumar, Director of Programmes and Policy at WaterAid India, rounds up the discussions and outcomes of the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation.

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  • Clean India: one year on

    Delhi street scene.
    Posted 7 Oct 2015 by Neeraj Jain

    One year after Prime Minister Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – otherwise known as the Clean India Mission – to make India open defecation free by 2019, Neeraj Jain, WaterAid India’s Chief Executive, analyses its performance so far.

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  • Loosening the blockages: how can the sanitation sector reach everyone by 2030?

    Girl standing outside new toilets.
    Posted 11 Aug 2015 by Andrés Hueso

    Andrés Hueso, WaterAid's Senior Policy Analyst – Sanitation, reflects on the changes needed in the sanitation sector to reach the Sustainable Development Goals ambition of universal access by 2030.

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