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  • District-wide sustainable WASH in Timor-Leste

    Novana, 3, washes her hands at a water pump installed in a rural village of Manufahi district, Timor-Leste.
    Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Alex Grumbley

    In an environment characterised by many and varied limitations, WaterAid Timor-Leste works to improve the full spectrum of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and maintenance. Alex Grumbley, Country Director, explains how the programme has used a district-wide approach in its drive towards greater sustainability.

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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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  • 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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  • A borehole that lasts a lifetime

    A borehole that lasts for a lifetime
    Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Vincent Casey

    Groundwater is a valuable resource for communities, but accessing and maximising its potential can be difficult. Vincent Casey, Senior WASH Advisor at WaterAid, introduces a series of videos demonstrating good practice in borehole drilling.

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  • Universal water and sanitation in Ghana through decentralisation

    WASH situational analysis, Ghana.
    Posted 7 Nov 2016 by Seyram Asimah and Aicha Araba Etrew

    Although the district-wide approach of decentralising management of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services has been successful in many African countries, it has stumbled in the country where it was designed: Ghana. WaterAid Ghana’s Seyram Asimah, Programme Officer – South, and Aicha Araba Etrew, Policy Officer, discuss why this is, and why it is crucial that citizens speak up and demand their rights.

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  • Why can people get access to mobile phones, and not safe water?

    A water point at the village of x in Zambia.
    Posted 11 Oct 2016 by Vincent Casey

    Vincent Casey, a Senior WASH Adviser at WaterAid, looks at how comparison of two completely different services can offer new angles and provide lessons for reaching everyone everywhere with safe water.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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