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Every year we celebrate Global Handwashing Day on 15 October with exciting, innovative activities across many countries. But why? And what role should handwashing play in the global development agenda? Om Prasad, Senior WASH Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, explains.
New data from UNICEF/WHO estimate the percentage of the global population using at least a basic level of service for drinking water and sanitation to be 89% and 68%, respectively. Stuart Kempster, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst for Monitoring and Accountability, looks into what we can tell from the estimates.
‘What is the story that an organisation tells itself that isn’t true’? Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Campaigns at WaterAid, celebrates progress since the UK House of Commons International Development Committee Report on Sanitation and Water published ten years ago.
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.
Water Action Month is an annual chance for WASH-focused organisations to rally behind the common goal of ensuring everyone everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation. Alix Charles, Campaign Consultant at End Water Poverty, explains why it’s a key moment for the WASH sector.
The EU has announced its proposed Consensus for Development. Libby Smith, WaterAid UK’s Advocacy Officer, discusses the opportunities not to be missed in this chance to lead the world on turning Agenda 2030 into action.
A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources. The sustainable development goals have given a new impetus for cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG11), ensure citizens’ health and wellbeing (SDG3) and secure access to sustainable water and sanitation services (SDG6).
A year after the UN sealed a commitment to achieve universal access to sanitation into the Sustainable Development Goals, WaterAid UK’s Ada Oko-Williams reflects on what the sector needs to change to make this reality.
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.
Agenda 2030 outlines a diverse, universal and incredibly ambitious programme. But how effective was the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in ensuring these issues gained the profile they deserved as part of our post-2015 advocacy? Jayde Bradley, WaterAid UK's Advocacy Coordinator, muses on the findings of a recent evaluation of this work.
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.
With WASH in Nigeria suffering low levels of investment, and current investments performing poorly, Michael Ojo, Country Director for WaterAid Nigeria, asks why the Nigerian water sector remains such an unattractive proposition for investors.
As WaterAid UK celebrates its 35th birthday, and other WaterAid country offices reach huge milestones – India became a fully-fledged member and Nigeria turned 20 last month – Adam Furse, Head of Organisational Development at WaterAid international, discusses our direction of change, how we’ve broadened our reach, most recently into South America, and what the future holds.
Did you know that more than 50% of the world’s overseas development assistance comes from the EU and its member states? And that the EU is collectively the largest donor to the water, sanitation and hygiene sector?
A delegation of WaterAid staff from Australia, Cambodia, Senegal, UK and the US recently returned from the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Here the team reflect on influencing health ministers to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene in their pursuit of health for all. Here are seven things we learned.