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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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  • What being bold for change means for WASH this International Women’s Day

    Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Chelsea Huggett and Jane Wilbur

    Tackling gender inequalities in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can have far-reaching effects on communities, if the potential is leveraged. Chelsea Huggett, Equity and Inclusion Rights Advisor at WaterAid Australia, and Jane Wilbur, Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor at WaterAid, suggest how we can start small to tackle the big issues.

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  • 2016: political distraction while the people lay in shit

    Woman walking for water in Mozambique
    Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Chilufya Chileshe

    Like in many regions, in 2016 Southern African headlines were dominated and distracted by political wrangling and scandal. Chilufya Chileshe, WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for Southern Africa, reflects on the consequences for water and sanitation, and what we can do differently in 2017, as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights drafts guidelines for the right to water.

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  • No more excuses: time to clear the path for people with disabilities

    A woman in a wheelchair.
    Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Dan Jones and Jane Wilbur

    On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator, Dan Jones, and Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, Jane Wilbur, reflect that it’s time to get real about ‘leaving no-one behind’.

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  • How do you campaign for accessible public toilets?

    A wheelchair outside a toilet.
    Posted 5 Sep 2016 by Rémi Kaupp and Jane Wilbur

    How can we ensure there are enough public toilets for people with disabilities? Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid UK’s Urban Sanitation Specialist, and Jane Wilbur, Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, share insights from the around the world.

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  • Africa's river run to 2030: making universal access to water and sanitation a reality

    Apollos Nwafor, Regional Advocacy Manager, West Africa
    Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Apollos Nwafor

    This week, governments at Africa Water Week are expected to agree a roadmap to ensure the continent achieves Global Goal 6 on water and sanitation by 2030. Apollos Nwafor, WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for West Africa, looks at why it is important that these ambitious targets are first met in Africa, and how the roadmap must be shaped to make this a reality.

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  • Sustainable WASH even when the going gets tough – lessons from Mali

    Displaced people in Mali.
    Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Mamadou Diarafa Diallo

    In the past four years, Mali has gone from peace to crisis, and violence and disruption have undone hard-won progress in WASH and development. As the country nears the end of its state of emergency period, Mamadou Diarafa Diallo, WaterAid Mali’s Country Representative, looks at how the sustainability agenda has fared in a time of extreme upheaval.

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  • The UK aid strategy: opportunities and challenges for WASH

    Sorgo collects dirty water from a hand-dug open well in Burkina Faso, 2014.
    Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Bethan Twigg

    The UK Government’s new aid strategy will frame its approach to overseas aid until 2020, and allocates half to fragile states and regions. What does this mean for water, sanitation and hygiene? Bethan Twigg, WaterAid’s UK Advocacy Manager, looks at the potential challenges and opportunities the strategy presents for the sector.

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  • What has water got to do with jobs?

    Marie Kabore in Yamtenga district, a peri-urban area of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
    Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Dan Jones

    'Better water, better jobs' is the UN theme for today’s World Water Day. So what has water got to do with jobs? More than you might think, says Dan Jones, WaterAid UK’s Advocacy Coordinator.

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