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  • 2016: political distraction while the people lay in shit

    Woman walking for water in Mozambique
    Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Chilufya Chileshe

    Like in many regions, in 2016 Southern African headlines were dominated and distracted by political wrangling and scandal. Chilufya Chileshe, WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for Southern Africa, reflects on the consequences for water and sanitation, and what we can do differently in 2017, as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights drafts guidelines for the right to water.

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  • Making rights real by supporting local government heroes

    A persona
    Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Louisa Gosling

    Louisa Gosling, WaterAid’s Quality Programmes Manager, introduces a guide to using the status of water and sanitation as human rights to drive progress on the ground, and explains how marketing strategies can help us reach our target audiences.

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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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  • 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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  • Climate change: a threat and an opportunity for water and sanitation

    When collecting water women from the local community must walk across an area of barren ground that has been contaminated with saline after Cyclone Aila struck in 2009 in Bangladesh.
    Posted 10 Nov 2016 by Louise Whiting

    Climate change and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are inseparable. The persistent separation of climate policy making and WASH service delivery, combined with incoherent climate finance strategies, risks restricting progress for both. Louise Whiting, Senior Policy Analyst for Water Security and Climate Change at WaterAid UK, introduces new WaterAid research and discusses what needs to change to achieve the delivery of climate-resilient WASH service to all.

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  • PedalPure: turning livelihoods into water solutions in Bangladesh

    Rickshaw driver drinking water.
    Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Rebecca Heald

    In an innovative new scheme in Dhaka, Bangladesh is turning pedal power into clean water for rickshaw pullers and their families. Watch the film to find out how.  In Bangladesh about 2.25 million people live in slum areas in extreme poverty, half of them in the capital, Dhaka. Most of the city’s 600,000 rickshaw pullers live in its slums. Many of them earn less than £4 per day, and support six to eight family members. Every year thousands of children living in the slum communi...

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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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  • 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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