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  • Delivering a global change project

    WaterAid staff in East Africa attending PMER training.
    Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Kate Ferguson

    Kate Ferguson, PMER Training and Capacity Development Manager, explains how WaterAid changed the face of its programming system to improve how we think about, manage and feed back on our work.

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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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  • Comprehensive programming for menstrual health in schools in India

    A teacher hands out sanitary pads at a school in Isidore, India.
    Posted 26 May 2017 by Arundati Muralidharan

    Schools offer a crucial chance for menstrual hygiene programmes to make transformations that will benefit adolescent girls long into their futures. This Menstrual Hygiene Day, Arundati Muralidharan, WaterAid India’s Policy Manager for WASH in Schools, Health and Nutrition, describes the menstrual hygiene landscape in India’s schools, and the work WaterAid India is doing to improve it.

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  • Increasing accountability of WASH donors

    WaterAid Tanzania in partnership with WEDECO, a local NGO, train district councils in Tanzania on district wide planning. Donor: Government of Canada.
    Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Amy Keegan

    WASHwatch is an online monitoring platform aiming to encourage and facilitate collaboration within the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector to increase monitoring and accountability towards global water and sanitation progress. To mark World Water Day, we've launched our first WASHwatch Donor Profiles!

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  • What do rocks have to do with water, sanitation and hygiene?

    Randullabad: Conceptual model
    Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Arjen Naafs

    India uses more groundwater than China and the USA combined, and its supplies are rapidly depleting. Arjen Naafs, WaterAid's Technical Advisor for South Asia, delves into the hydrogeology that could help communities manage reserves effectively.

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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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  • Did I make a difference? Measuring our contribution to change

    I think you should be more specific here in step two - cartoon
    Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Kate Norgrove

    How do you systematically plan, monitor, evaluate and report on advocacy work in a complex and unpredictable global context? Kate Norgrove, ex- Global Head of Campaigns at WaterAid UK, shares her parting thoughts.

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  • Strengthening Monitoring in the WASH Sector: WASHwatch

    WASHwatch logo
    Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Amy Keegan

    Monitoring progress within the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector is essential to ensure that globally, regionally and nationally we are all on track to achieve the goal of reaching everyone everywhere with water and sanitation by 2030. Amy Keegan, Policy Officer for Monitoring and Accountability at WaterAid, introduces the relaunch of WASHwatch, the collaborative monitoring platform set up by WaterAid.

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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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  • Recent thinking on urban sanitation – reporting from Stockholm World Water Week

    Samira, 22, works as a provision store attendant in Kumasi, Ghana.
    Posted 22 Sep 2016 by Andres Hueso

    In a rapidly urbanising world, urban sanitation is an area where urgent action is needed. WaterAid co-convened two events at World Water Week to share recent research and experiences from different cities that have achieved success. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, reports.

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  • Measuring the immeasurable: monitoring and evaluation in advocacy

    Kate Norgrove, WaterAid's Global Head of Campaigns, (left) with Gladys and Blessings at savings group in Malawi.
    Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Kate Norgrove

    To continue to grow our impact, it is important that we measure what we do. We can add up toilets, and record how many people have gained safe water, but how do we count the effect of the advocacy that forms half of our work? Kate Norgrove, WaterAid’s Global Head of Campaigns, finds some clues in Malawi.

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  • How can Information and Communication Technologies successfully support water services provision?

    Man holding a mobile phone.
    Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Ellen Greggio

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can provide important support to increase WASH data availability and the accountability of service providers. However, successful initiatives in the WASH sector are limited, and outcomes from different trials have been mixed. Ellen Greggio, WaterAid’s Programme Advisor for Monitoring and Mapping, reflects on key lessons from new research by WaterAid and partners, and the factors leading to ICT initiatives’ success or failure.

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  • What, no impact assessments? Monitoring and evaluation around evolving WASH activities

    WaterAid Burkina Faso's Regional Learning Center Coordinator, Lucien Damiba, attaches a water monitoring device that he has just removed from a borehole, to a laptop, in Basbedo, Burkina Faso, October 2014.
    Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Liza Tong

    The expansion of the Monitoring and Evaluation section of our policy, practice and advocacy site mirrors the evolution of how WaterAid monitors its work. As our priorities shift to include more advocacy, sector strengthening, human rights, and sector integration, so too must our evaluative work adjust and adapt. But should we be looking at full impact evaluation? Liza Tong, Programme Manager for Accountability and Effetiveness at WaterAid UK, discusses.

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  • Signed, sealed... delivered?

    A hand washing sign at a Community toilet centre in Harijan Basti New Delhi, India.
    Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Jayde Bradley

    The Global Goals outline a diverse, universal and incredibly ambitious programme of work. So how will national governments measure progress and make sure we’re on track to achieve them by 2030? WaterAid UK’s Advocacy Coordinator Jayde Bradley reflects on the latest tool in the 2030 Agenda toolbox – the indicators.

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  • SACOSAN-VI – a marketplace for ideas

    Avinash Kumar and Neeraj Jain from WaterAid India at ECOSAN.
    Posted 25 Jan 2016 by Avinash Kumar

    Progress, challenges and diversity: Avinash Kumar, Director of Programmes and Policy at WaterAid India, rounds up the discussions and outcomes of the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation.

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