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Sheela, 35, with her family at home in the village of Kubri, Bundelhand region.How can India's rural poor deal with 'wild water'?
30 March 2017 

Although 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.

Randullabad: Conceptual modelWhat do rocks have to do with water, sanitation and hygiene?
17 March 2017 

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.

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.How does WASH help people adapt to climate change?
13 February 2017 

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

When collecting water women from the local community must walk across an area of barren ground that has been contaminated with saline after Cyclone Aila struck in 2009 in Bangladesh.Climate change: a threat and an opportunity for water and sanitation
10 November 2016 

Climate change and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are inseparable, but the persistent separation of climate policy making and WASH service delivery risks restricting progress for both. Louise Whiting, Senior Policy Analyst for Water Security and Climate Change, discusses what needs to change to achieve the delivery of climate-resilient WASH service to all.

Members of the Taliposa community in Nepal attach string to a float as part of a mechanism which monitors water levels.Enabling communities to monitor water levels in Timor-Leste
13 September 2016 

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. WaterAid's Moises Pereira explains.

Rabiya at the stream where she collects water.Increasing climate finance for sustainable water and sanitation services
5 September 2016 

In this new policy brief, Louise Whiting, Senior Policy Analyst for Water Security and Climate Change, outlines the urgent policy changes needed to ensure that climate finance is used catalytically, effectively and for the benefit of highly vulnerable populations living without access to water and sanitation.

A hand dug open well in Ibina, Burkina Faso. Good COP, bad COP
17 December 2015 

COP21 has finished, and the world has at last set an ambitious goal for limiting climate change. Miriam Denis Le Seve, WaterAid’s Policy Officer for Climate Change, draws out the strengths and weaknesses of the global agreement reached.

#12DaysOfCOP infographicWe can't settle for a watered-down treaty
12 December 2015 

Miriam Denis Le Seve, WaterAid’s Policy Officer for Climate Change, discusses the priority water, sanitation and hygiene must be given in the global climate treaty negotiations this December. 

Lady scooping water from a hand dug well.

Business as usual on climate change will fail the world's poorest
09 November 2015 

A WaterAid-commissioned study shows the world’s poorest nations are not receiving enough money to help them safeguard essential water, sanitation and hygiene services against flooding, drought and extreme weather that is the result of climate change.

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Request for proposals – WaterAid's Climate Finance Initiative
14 October 2015 | Louise Whiting

WaterAid is seeking proposals for a new Climate Finance Initiative. The aim is to demonstrate the changes required to ensure that a proportion of future climate finance flows is spent on increasing the water security and climate resilience of people living in WASH poverty.

Landscape in Ethiopia

New Climate Finance Initiative
13 October 2015 | Louise Whiting

A new Climate Finance Initiative aim to build collaborative partnerships in several countries to demonstrate the changes needed to ensure a proportion of future climate finance flows is spent on increasing the water security and climate resilience of those living in WASH poverty.

Two Bangladeshi girls working showing other community members a chart to monitor the impact of WASH programmes.

Making communities ready for a changing climate
6 July 2015 | Louise Whiting

Climate variability and climate change are already having an impact on the communities we work with and our efforts to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. 

Nepal landscape

Ensuring universal access to water in a changing climate
24 Feb 2015 | Louise Whiting

As the global climate changes, the challenge of sharing a decreasing and changing supply of fresh water among the world’s population will grow. Louise Whiting, WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst – Water Security & Climate Change, looks at the shifting situation and what we can do now to protect the poorest people in the future.

Parched land

The known unknowns of climate change
23 Sep 2014 | Barbara Frost

WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost highlights how the impact of climate change will be felt most by the world’s poorest communities.