• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sustainable WASH even when the going gets tough – lessons from Mali

    Displaced people in Mali.
    Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Mamadou Diarafa Diallo

    In the past four years, Mali has gone from peace to crisis, and violence and disruption have undone hard-won progress in WASH and development. As the country nears the end of its state of emergency period, Mamadou Diarafa Diallo, WaterAid Mali’s Country Representative, looks at how the sustainability agenda has fared in a time of extreme upheaval.

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  • Menstrual hygiene: rising up the global development agenda

    Girls collecting grass.
    Posted 1 Jun 2016 by Thérèse Mahon

    This Menstrual Hygiene Day was the biggest and loudest yet, bringing the issue and its impact on the lives of women and girls to audiences around the world. Thérèse Mahon, WaterAid’s Interim Head of Region for South Asia, explains our approach to promoting menstrual hygiene management and ensuring that all women and girls can manage their periods safely and with dignity.

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  • Flush and forget? India's sanitation crisis

    A toilet in Safeda Basti slum, Delhi, India.
    Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Neeraj Jain

    Every day in India, almost 40 billion litres of sewage are created, with a tiny fraction being adequately treated. Neeraj Jain, CEO of WaterAid India, spoke at TEDxWalledCity to call for action on the country’s sanitation crisis and put its poorest and most marginalised people first.

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