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  • Recent thinking on urban sanitation – reporting from Stockholm World Water Week

    Samira, 22, works as a provision store attendant in Kumasi, Ghana.
    Posted 22 Sep 2016 by Andres Hueso

    In a rapidly urbanising world, urban sanitation is an area where urgent action is needed. WaterAid co-convened two events at World Water Week to share recent research and experiences from different cities that have achieved success. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, reports.

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  • Measuring the immeasurable: monitoring and evaluation in advocacy

    Kate Norgrove, WaterAid's Global Head of Campaigns, (left) with Gladys and Blessings at savings group in Malawi.
    Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Kate Norgrove

    To continue to grow our impact, it is important that we measure what we do. We can add up toilets, and record how many people have gained safe water, but how do we count the effect of the advocacy that forms half of our work? Kate Norgrove, WaterAid’s Global Head of Campaigns, finds some clues in Malawi.

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  • Three challenges for urban sanitation: what I learned from housing professionals

    Kalshi Takar Baa slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Posted 25 Aug 2016 by Remi Kaupp

    What can WASH specialists learn from architects and town planners? Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid UK’s Urban Sanitation Specialist, muses on three lessons from his time working in housing.

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  • My eulogy to the Australian African Community Engagement Scheme and why its spirit should live on

    Men in Luwera village, Malawi dig a trench for the water supply scheme.
    Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Rosie Wheen

    The AACES was a five-year programme that focused on empowering women, young people, children, people with disabilities and others in 11 countries. Rosie Wheen, Head of International Programmes at WaterAid Australia, reflects on five factors that made AACES such a success, and what the sector can take away to help its spirit live on.

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  • How can Information and Communication Technologies successfully support water services provision?

    Man holding a mobile phone.
    Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Ellen Greggio

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can provide important support to increase WASH data availability and the accountability of service providers. However, successful initiatives in the WASH sector are limited, and outcomes from different trials have been mixed. Ellen Greggio, WaterAid’s Programme Advisor for Monitoring and Mapping, reflects on key lessons from new research by WaterAid and partners, and the factors leading to ICT initiatives’ success or failure.

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  • What, no impact assessments? Monitoring and evaluation around evolving WASH activities

    WaterAid Burkina Faso's Regional Learning Center Coordinator, Lucien Damiba, attaches a water monitoring device that he has just removed from a borehole, to a laptop, in Basbedo, Burkina Faso, October 2014.
    Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Liza Tong

    The expansion of the Monitoring and Evaluation section of our policy, practice and advocacy site mirrors the evolution of how WaterAid monitors its work. As our priorities shift to include more advocacy, sector strengthening, human rights, and sector integration, so too must our evaluative work adjust and adapt. But should we be looking at full impact evaluation? Liza Tong, Programme Manager for Accountability and Effetiveness at WaterAid UK, discusses.

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  • Six things you need to know about social accountability and WASH

    Tapoti Mandol, a councillor from Paikgacha Municipality, Bangladesh demands drainage systems to be brought to her area, 2014.
    Posted 30 Jun 2016 by Louisa Gosling

    Social accountability is an essential part of efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation. Louisa Gosling, WaterAid’s Quality Programmes Manager, reports on key lessons heard at the Global Partnership for Social Accountability forum in Washington, DC.

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  • WaterAid’s approach to ethical image use

    Pupils in Sindhuli Nepal learning how to tell stories using photography, and then practising their new skills.
    Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Laura Summerton

    At WaterAid, we take seriously our responsibility to uphold the dignity of the people we work with through respectful use of their imagery. We understand that there are negative implications of unfair representation, and so we endeavour to take a rights-based and progressive approach. Laura Summerton, WaterAid UK’s Senior Photography Officer, looks at the challenges involved, and introduces our updated Ethical Image Policy.

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  • The UK aid strategy: opportunities and challenges for WASH

    Sorgo collects dirty water from a hand-dug open well in Burkina Faso, 2014.
    Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Bethan Twigg

    The UK Government’s new aid strategy will frame its approach to overseas aid until 2020, and allocates half to fragile states and regions. What does this mean for water, sanitation and hygiene? Bethan Twigg, WaterAid’s UK Advocacy Manager, looks at the potential challenges and opportunities the strategy presents for the sector.

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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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