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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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  • 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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  • 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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