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Mobile desludging tank being wheeled out of an alley in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: time for a radical shift
22 November 2016  | Andrés Hueso

The sustainable development goals have given a new impetus for cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, ensure citizens’ health and wellbeing and secure access to sustainable water and sanitation services.

WASH situational analysis, Ghana. Universal water and sanitation in Ghana through decentralisation
07 November 2016 

WaterAid Ghana’s Seyram Asimah, Programme Officer – South, and Aicha Araba Etrew, Policy Officer, discuss why the district-wide approach of decentralising management of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services has stumbled and why it is crucial that citizens speak up and demand their rights.

Armand celebrates Goal 6 in Madagascar.

What we learned from our post-2015 advocacy
7 October 2016 | Jayde Bradley

Agenda 2030 outlines a diverse, universal and incredibly ambitious programme. But how effective was the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in ensuring these issues gained the profile they deserved as part of our post-2015 advocacy? Jayde Bradley, WaterAid UK's Advocacy Coordinator, muses on the findings of a recent evaluation of this work.

A hand washing sign at a Community toilet centre in Harijan Basti New Delhi, India.

Signed, sealed... delivered
24 March 2016 | Jayde Bradley

The Global Goals outline a diverse, universal and incredibly ambitious programme of work. So how will national governments measure progress and make sure we’re on track to achieve them by 2030? WaterAid UK’s Advocacy Coordinator Jayde Bradley reflects on the latest tool in the 2030 Agenda toolbox – the indicators.

Health Extension Worker Maritu says life has changed for the better with clean water at the health post.

Time to keep the promises of achieving sanitation and water for all
16 March 2016;| Barbara Frost

The Sanitation and Water for All Ministerial meeting in Ethiopia is a chance for key sector partners to share best practice, celebrate successes and regroup around the Global Goal to reach everyone with water and sanitation. Barbara Frost, WaterAid’s Chief Executive, considers the vital opportunities and issues on the table.

Inside the United Nations at New York.

Goodbye post-2015, welcome Agenda 2030
19 October 2015 | Ross Bailey

It’s now three weeks since the historic adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With the dust settled and the noise lowered, Ross Bailey, WaterAid’s Global Campaigns Manager, reflects on what comes next.

Twenty year old health and sanitation facilitator Sarita Nepali meets with local women to demonstrate hand washing techniques, Palate, Babai, Bardhya district, Nepal, January 2012.

Global Handwashing Day: time to finish the job on Goal 6
15 October 2015 | Margaret Batty

Global representatives will soon be deciding on the indicators that will be used to measure the progress of the new Global Goals. This Global Handwashing Day, Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Campaigns at WaterAid, discusses why handwashing should be be included among the indicators for Goal 6.

François, 71 years old, and Ranary, 35, from Ampilanonana village supporting Global Goal six 'Clean water and sanitation', Madagascar.

Washing our hands of poverty
22 September 2015 | Apollos Nwafor

WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager, Apollos Nwafor, is at the Sustainable Development Summit to witness the formal adoption of the Global Goals and to champion Global Goal 6 on water and sanitation. He contemplates the challenges ahead in ensuring the goals are implemented and monitored effectively.

An agenda for change

An agenda for change: achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030
15 June 2015 | Clare Battle

The coming months are a crucial period for the water, sanitation and hygiene sector to clinch crucial decisions and make sanitation and water for all by 2030 a reality. In partnership with Water for People, IRC and Aguaconsult, WaterAid has produced joint principles to guide an agenda for change. Clare Battle, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst – Aid Effectiveness & Sector Strengthening, introduces the paper.

Fixing the global pain over periods

Fixing the global pain over periods
28 May 2015 | Louisa Gosling

Menstrual Hygiene Day is a chance to draw attention to the plight of the millions of girls and women who are not able to manage their periods with hygiene, comfort and dignity. Louisa Gosling, Programme Manager for Principles at WaterAid, highlights why 2015 is an exceptionally important year for talking about menstruation.

Handwashing in India

Indicating the SDGs: our concerns and proposals
25 Mar 2015 | Tim Brewer

This week the third Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) meeting to discuss the post-2015 agenda convenes in New York. As member states discuss the actual goals and targets, and the indicators which will be used to measure success, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst - Monitoring & Accountability, Tim Brewer, looks at our top three concerns about the final outcomes, and offers our alternatives.

Health worker Isattu Jalloh, checks the pregnancy of 28 year old Iye Tucker, at the health post in the village of Vaama, Sierra Leone, May 2013.

Celebrating Universal Health Coverage Day
1 Dec 2014 | Apollos Nwafor

WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for West Africa Apollos Nwafor celebrates the first Universal Health Coverage Day and argues that ensuring good health for all requires more than just providing services.

Madeline with her daughter and son

Celebrating World Toilet Day
19 Nov 2014 | Lydia Zigomo

WaterAid’s Head of Region for East Africa, Lydia Zigomo, introduces our new report Child of mine which launches today – the second UN day of the toilet.

Karat clinic in Konso, Ethiopia where doctors practice daily without access to clean water.

Making WASH count
14 Nov 2014 | Ross Bailey

WaterAid UK’s Campaigns Officer Ross Bailey introduces our new briefing paper on the link between WASH and health, and discusses why the health sector must address water, sanitation and hygiene in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Boy collecting water

Post-2015 – playing the waiting game
9 October 2014 | Ross Bailey

WaterAid UK’s Campaigns Officer Ross Bailey looks at the outcomes from this year’s UN General Assembly opening session and asks what’s next for the Sustainable Development Goals process?

Girish Menon speaking at SACOSAN Five

‘Toilets’ shouldn’t be a dirty word
11 February 2014 | Girish Menon

WaterAid's Director of International Programmes, Girish Menon, opened today's debate on Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Budapest Water Summit

Budapest Water Summit
3 October 2013

WaterAid is participating in the Budapest Water Summit, discussing universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.