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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why we need to push on with water and sanitation for all

    Happy children found drawing water from stand water taps that have been put in Lubunda Village, Zambia.
    Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Barbara Frost

    Safe water, a healthier planet, access to education and gender equality are all cornerstones of a UN agreement that unites countries in a common aim to build a better world for the next generation. One year on from the launch of the Global Goals, WaterAid’s Chief Executive Barbara Frost reflects on the progress made, and why we need to push on.

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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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  • My eulogy to the Australian African Community Engagement Scheme and why its spirit should live on

    Men in Luwera village, Malawi dig a trench for the water supply scheme.
    Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Rosie Wheen

    The AACES was a five-year programme that focused on empowering women, young people, children, people with disabilities and others in 11 countries. Rosie Wheen, Head of International Programmes at WaterAid Australia, reflects on five factors that made AACES such a success, and what the sector can take away to help its spirit live on.

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