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  • Handwashing with soap: why should we care?

    Children washing their hands at school.
    Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Om Prasad Gautam

    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.

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  • Counting how many people have water, sanitation and hygiene

    A borehole that lasts for a lifetime
    Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Stuart Kempster

    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.

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  • Mapping progress and ambition toward 2030

    UNGA sign
    Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Margaret Batty

    ‘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.

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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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  • Water Action Month: why and how to get involved

    Water Action Month
    Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Alix Charles

    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.

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  • EU leads vision on Sustainable Development Goals – but will this translate into reality?

    Woman collecting water.
    Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Libby Smith

    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.

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  • Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: time for a radical shift

    Mobile desludging tank being wheeled out of an alley in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.
    Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Andrés Hueso

    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).

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  • The sanitation sector: plenty of passion, so what's missing?

    Poor sanitation in Ifelodum, Lagos, Nigeria.
    Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Ada Oko-Williams

    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.

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  • Universal water and sanitation in Ghana through decentralisation

    WASH situational analysis, Ghana.
    Posted 7 Nov 2016 by Seyram Asimah and Aicha Araba Etrew

    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.

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  • What we learned from our post-2015 advocacy

    Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Jayde Bradley

    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.

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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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  • The ‘perennial hope’: private sector investment in WASH in Nigeria

    Community members collecting water from one of the two functioning boleholes in Etenyi village, Ado Local government area, Benue state, Nigeria.
    Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Michael Ojo

    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.

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  • 35 years of WaterAid

    Francisca Sarmento, WaterAid Program Coordinator talks to villagers, Tetekar village, Manufahi district, Timor Leste, 2015
    Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Adam Furse

    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.

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  • Wish EU were there: water and toilets at the European Development Days 2016

    EU Development Days
    Posted 6 Jul 2016 by Libby Smith

    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?

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  • Seven things we learned from the World Health Assembly

    Channa Sam Ol (WaterAid Cambodia), Dr Lo Veasnakiry (Cambodia Ministry of Health) and Alison Macintyre (WaterAid Australia).
    Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Dan Jones

    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.

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