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  • Urgent action needed at Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meetings

    Clean water
    Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Barbara Frost

    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.

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  • Wild Water: why we need to build resilience in the face of climate change

    Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Florence Stuart-Leach

    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.’

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  • DIY water provision: the advantages of self-supply

    Ester Musonda extracts water from a protected dug well in Milengue, East Zambia, developed through self-supply.
    Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Mark Fabian

    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.

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  • No longer business as usual: Deliver Life project

    A baby is weighed at Linyangwa Health Centre, Kasungu, Malawi, September 2016.
    Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Abigail Nyaka

    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.

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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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