• Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: time for a radical shift

    Mobile desludging tank being wheeled out of an alley in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.
    Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Andrés Hueso

    A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources. The sustainable development goals have given a new impetus for cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG11), ensure citizens’ health and wellbeing (SDG3) and secure access to sustainable water and sanitation services (SDG6).

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  • Approaches for urban sanitation – which tool to choose?

    Sabina uses a hanging toilet in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Rémi Kaupp

    Do you know your shit-flow diagram from your SaniPath? Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid UK’s Urban Sanitation Specialist, navigates the array of approaches available to today’s sanitation planners working towards solutions.

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  • Impressions from the African Water Association Congress

    Delegates at AfWA 2016
    Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Rémi Kaupp

    The 18th Congress of the African Water Association (AfWA 2016) in Nairobi was an opportunity for professionals in Africa’s water and sanitation sector to exchange experiences and knowledge from work ‘on the ground’. WaterAid delegates from the UK, Bangladesh and Tanzania share what they heard from the coal face.

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  • Promoting innovative WASH solutions in Ghana

    Students of Salaga Senior High School on their way to fetch untreated water from a dam approximately three kilometres from the school.
    Posted 12 Feb 2016 by Yvonne Kafui Nyaku

    Around 85% of Ghanaians do not have access to a basic toilet, but an innovative project initiated by WaterAid Ghana could help light the way.

    Yvonne Kafui Nyaku, Communications and Campaigns Officer at WaterAid Ghana, looks at how a Total Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) intervention could solve WASH problems while providing energy in a Ghanaian boarding school.

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  • Does the WASH sector need innovation?

    Julius Chisengo and Cleophas Shinga empty the contents of a pit latrine at Kigamboni Ward, Temeke Municipality, Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania.
    Posted 16 Nov 2015 by Rémi Kaupp

    Innovation is often heralded as a major route to solving the global water and sanitation crisis. But is it the key, and should innovation be all about miracle inventions? Rémi Kaupp, Urban Sanitation Specialist at WaterAid UK, discusses whether and where it might be useful.

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