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Everyone, everywhere has the right to access safe and appropriate toilets. This year, as global awareness rose of issues people who don’t associate with simply male or female genders face when using public toilets, WaterAid decided to look close to home in ensuring everyone’s rights are met.
What is it that motivates people most to improve their toilets and hygiene behaviours? Nneka Akwunwa, Sanitation Marketing Manager at WaterAid Nigeria, tells us what she’s learned about using creative marketing.
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.
Our report shows that collaboration between business and the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector could drive substantial progress towards reaching everyone, everywhere with taps and toilets by 2030. Ruth Romer, Private Sector Advisor at WaterAid, introduces the potential it found.
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.
Research has shown that the issue of transgender and intersex access to sanitation is under-addressed in the water, sanitation and hygiene development sector. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, and Mamata Dash of WaterAid India, discuss the human rights issues at the heart of the matter, and what could be done.
Academics and practitioners working in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector will attend the annual WEDC International Conference, hosted by Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University on 24–28 July. Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Learning and Knowledge Advisor, introduces the range of topics WaterAid will cover at the 40th WEDC International Conference.
Healthy Start is WaterAid’s campaign, in partnership with health professionals across the world, to ensure quality healthcare for all by 2030. Moumouni Kimba Alfari, Programme Manager for WaterAid Niger, describes how the campaign is gaining momentum in Niger.
‘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.
Collaboration and innovation are two values core to WaterAid’s work, and we are frequently shown how key they are to our projects. Priya Sippy, Campaigns and Communications Manager at WaterAid Tanzania, shares frontline experience of partnership and adaptive planning in bringing water and sanitation to Kibondemaji in Dar es Salaam.
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.
This International Transgender Day of Visibility, Connie Benjamin (Policy Team Volunteer – Sanitation & Gender) and Andrés Hueso (Senior Policy Analyst – Sanitation) share how schools and universities across the world are trying to protect their transgender students’ rights to go to the toilet.
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.’
In 2015, James Wicken, Country Director for WaterAid Cambodia, introduced us to HandyPods – the novel floating toilet technology that WaterAid partner Wetlands Work! was pioneering in lake-dwelling communities in Cambodia. Two years on, James and Irina Chakraborty from Wetlands Work! recalls the challenges the project presented, and the innovative solutions they inspired.
India's Swachh Bharat sanitation campaign has triggered many novel schemes aiming to improve the country's sanitation. Now, tech giant Google has joined the battle to clean up India's toilet habits, by mapping public toilets. Anil Cherukupalli, Media and Communications Manager at WaterAid India, put the app to the test.