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  • Recipe for success: how to end malnutrition

    Timara
    Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Sophie Durrans

    At current rates of progress we won’t end malnutrition by 2030. To do so, countries must integrate their nutrition and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) plans. But to what extent are governments ensuring this kind of collaboration? Sophie Durrans of the SHARE Consortium and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine introduces our new analysis.

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  • Mineral rights to human rights: mobilising resources from the extractive industries in Ghana

    Women collecting water
    Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed, John Garrett

    A new report from WaterAid and Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Mineral rights to human rights shows the pressing need to channel more financial resources into Ghana’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed, Country Director at WaterAid Ghana, and John Garrett, WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst for Development Finance, explain the major challenge this represents for the Government and the country’s development partners.

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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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  • Playing our part: WaterAid prepares for the Sanitation and Water for All high-level meetings

    Delegates at the High Level Meeting, Washington, April 2012.
    Posted 10 Apr 2017 by Ibrahim Musah

    The Sanitation and Water for All high-level meetings later this month are an opportunity to drive progress towards reaching everyone everywhere by 2030. In the lead up, WaterAid is aiming to catalyse conversations around improved sector efficiency and effectiveness. Ibrahim Musah, WaterAid’s former Regional Advocacy Manager for West Africa, explains how.

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  • Bringing morality and ethics to the forefront of NGOs’ legitimacy

    Bangre carries a jerry can in Imbina, Burkina Faso
    Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Robyn Waite

    Robyn Waite, formerly a WaterAid Policy Officer, is a doctoral student with the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Here she explains her research project, which she is currently conducting at WaterAid: ‘Towards an understanding of non-governmental development organisations’ moral legitimacy and applied ethics’.

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  • District-wide sustainable WASH in Timor-Leste

    Novana, 3, washes her hands at a water pump installed in a rural village of Manufahi district, Timor-Leste.
    Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Alex Grumbley

    In an environment characterised by many and varied limitations, WaterAid Timor-Leste works to improve the full spectrum of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and maintenance. Alex Grumbley, Country Director, explains how the programme has used a district-wide approach in its drive towards greater sustainability.

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  • ODA joy? What the new OECD data tells us about global financing for WASH

    Total WASH ODA spent ($USD millions)
    Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Stuart Kempster

    Staurt Kempster, Policy Analyst – Monitoring and Accountability for WaterAid UK, analyses the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's official statistics for international aid in 2015.

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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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  • DfID aid reviews – what do they mean for water, sanitation and hygiene?

    Dotto collects clean water at Kiomboi Hospital, Tanzania.
    Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Bethan Twigg

    Bethan Twigg, WaterAid’s UK Advocacy Manager, looks at the strengths and weaknesses in the new UK Department for International Development (DfID) Bilateral and Multilateral Development Reviews, and where WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) fits in.

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  • Making shit happen: turning 'political will' into action

    Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
    Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Andrés Hueso

    After decades urging decision-makers to display political will to deliver sanitation, we have started to see encouraging breakthroughs. But how can governments go beyond rhetorical political will and drive real progress? Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, discusses.

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  • Putting human rights at the centre of our approach

    Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Tom Palakudiyil

    On the eve of Human Rights Day, Tom Palakudiyil, WaterAid’s Regional Director for South Asia, looks at the evolution of WaterAid’s approach to a point where human rights are central to our work and a rights-based approach essential to achieving our vision.

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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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  • Why 'development effectiveness' matters for water, sanitation and hygiene

    Discussions at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) High Level Meeting in Mexico City, 2014.
    Posted 28 Nov 2016 by Clare Battle

    This week, global actors come together in Nairobi to discuss progress against global principles of effective development cooperation. Clare Battle, WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst for Governance, explains how the outcomes of these discussions will affect progress towards achieving water, sanitation and hygiene for all.

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  • Making toilets sexy in India

    A dysfunctional toilet in a government girls’ school in Puri, Odisha.
    Posted 9 Nov 2016 by VK Madhavan

    Speaking at our recent Supporters' Day, Madhavan from WaterAid India described a nation of contrasts on the brink of change. With the potential for the right nudges to trigger huge changes, he is excited about the future. The following blog is an abridged version of his speech.

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