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  • Marketing and pride to improve sanitation in Nigeria

    Completion of marketing training with new marketing materials.
    Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Nneka Akwunwa

    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. 

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  • How business can help end the global water and sanitation crisis

    Elizabeth and her children
    Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Ruth Romer

    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.

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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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  • The beginning of the road: Swaziland convenes first joint sector review

    Posted 9 May 2017 by Ncamiso Mhlanga

    In September 2016, Swaziland’s water and sanitation sector assembled to discuss and review water, sanitation and hygiene issues through a joint sector review (JSR). Ncamiso Mhlanga, WaterAid’s Country Team Leader in Swaziland, reports back on the benefits of JSRs for the sector.

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  • How can India's rural poor deal with 'wild water'?

    Sheela, 35, with her family at home in the village of Kubri, Bundelhand region.
    Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Anil Cherukupalli

    Whilst 94% of the population in India has access to some form of improved drinking water source, most drinking water sources are not resilient to climate change. Anil Cherukupalli, Media and Communications Manager for WaterAid India, explores what this means for the country's rural poor.

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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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  • 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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  • How does WASH help people adapt to climate change?

    Sisters making their way home after collecting untreated water from a dam in Koala, Burkina Faso on 1 March 2014. The girls typically make three round trips every day, filling 17 jerry cans each time, with each trip taking over an hour.
    Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Hannah Crichton-Smith

    Hannah Crichton-Smith, Programme Sustainability Officer at WaterAid UK, highlights some of the ways in which water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) increases communities’ resilience.

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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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  • A borehole that lasts a lifetime

    A borehole that lasts for a lifetime
    Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Vincent Casey

    Groundwater is a valuable resource for communities, but accessing and maximising its potential can be difficult. Vincent Casey, Senior WASH Advisor at WaterAid, introduces a series of videos demonstrating good practice in borehole drilling.

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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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  • 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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  • Why can people get access to mobile phones, and not safe water?

    A water point at the village of x in Zambia.
    Posted 11 Oct 2016 by Vincent Casey

    Vincent Casey, a Senior WASH Adviser at WaterAid, looks at how comparison of two completely different services can offer new angles and provide lessons for reaching everyone everywhere with safe water.

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  • Enabling communities to monitor water levels in Timor-Leste

    Members of the Taliposa community in Nepal attach string to a float as part of a mechanism which monitors water levels.
    Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Moises Pereira

    Achievement of universal access to water and sanitation often requires strong community participation. However, some tasks, such as monitoring water levels, can be too difficult to fulfil. In Timor-Leste, WaterAid is working with local people to find a sustainable solution. Moises Pereira, Water Resource Management Officer at WaterAid Timor-Leste, explains.

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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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