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  • No more excuses: time to clear the path for people with disabilities

    A woman in a wheelchair.
    Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Dan Jones and Jane Wilbur

    On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator, Dan Jones, and Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, Jane Wilbur, reflect that it’s time to get real about ‘leaving no-one behind’.

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  • Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: time for a radical shift

    Mobile desludging tank being wheeled out of an alley in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.
    Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Andrés Hueso

    A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources. The sustainable development goals have given a new impetus for cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG11), ensure citizens’ health and wellbeing (SDG3) and secure access to sustainable water and sanitation services (SDG6).

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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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  • 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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  • Back to school WASH: where is the missing link?

    "We don’t have water in school so I only drink water before and after school.” Bienvenu, 5, from Miarinarivo village, Madagascar.
    Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Om Prasad Gautam and Ada Oko-Williams

    September is synonymous with a return to the classroom. As children across the world go back to school, WaterAid UK discusses what has been lacking in our approach to ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, and how we can make a bigger impact.

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  • How do you campaign for accessible public toilets?

    A wheelchair outside a toilet.
    Posted 5 Sep 2016 by Rémi Kaupp and Jane Wilbur

    How can we ensure there are enough public toilets for people with disabilities? Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid UK’s Urban Sanitation Specialist, and Jane Wilbur, Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, share insights from the around the world.

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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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  • Africa's river run to 2030: making universal access to water and sanitation a reality

    Apollos Nwafor, Regional Advocacy Manager, West Africa
    Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Apollos Nwafor

    This week, governments at Africa Water Week are expected to agree a roadmap to ensure the continent achieves Global Goal 6 on water and sanitation by 2030. Apollos Nwafor, WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for West Africa, looks at why it is important that these ambitious targets are first met in Africa, and how the roadmap must be shaped to make this a reality.

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  • Count Me In: partnering with the arts to get the message out about inclusive WASH

    A still from the Count Me In films.
    Posted 15 Jul 2016 by James Wicken

    As WaterAid releases a new set of films on inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Cambodia, James Wicken, Country Director of WaterAid Cambodia, looks at how – by asking ourselves the question, ‘How do you make yet another set of national guidelines interesting?’ – we’ve ended up with a rewarding partnership full of energy and potential.

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  • CLTS in urbanised areas: is it time to stop tweaking and start targeting?

    CLTS triggering in Ekiti state, Nigeria.
    Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Erin Flynn

    How effective is Community-led Total Sanitation? After more than a decade of implementation in Nigeria, new WaterAid research suggests it may be significantly more effective in rural communities than more urbanised settings. Erin Flynn, Research Manager, discusses the findings and their implications for future community sanitation projects.

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