This week WaterAid is at the 23rd UN climate conference (COP 23) – presided over by the Pacific island nation of Fiji but hosted on the banks of the Rhine river in Bonn, the home of the global climate change convention.
As the Sanitation and Water for All High-level Meetings get underway, Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, sees an opportunity to change the course of history.
We know that 663 million people are already struggling to access clean water due to poor management of services, social inequalities and population growth, but there’s another growing issue that’s compounding the problem: wild water. This World Water Day Florence Stuart-Leach, Digital Editor at WaterAid UK, discusses the findings of WaterAid’s new report, ‘Wild Water: The State of the World’s Water 2017.’
In some contexts, incremental improvements to water supply can offer greater sustainability than can full interventions. Mark Fabian, Regional Technical Advisor for Southern Africa, describes the proven positives of self-supply.
In Malawi pregnant women face one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates. Abigail Nyaka, Programme Officer for Soapbox at WaterAid Malawi, describes the context of Deliver Life – WaterAid’s project to bridge the gap between government efforts and improved maternal and newborn health with improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.