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Delegates at the High Level Meeting, Washington, April 2012.

Playing our part: WaterAid prepares for the Sanitation and Water for All high-level meetings
10 April 2017 | 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.

Novana, 3, washes her hands at a water pump installed in a rural village of Manufahi district, Timor-Leste. District-wide sustainable WASH in Timor-Leste
16 February 2017 

In an environment characterised by many and varied limitations, WaterAid Timor-Leste works to improve the full spectrum of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and maintenance. Alex Grumbley, Country Director, explains how the programme has used a district-wide approach in its drive towards greater sustainability.

Woman walking for water in Mozambique

2016: political distraction while the people lay in shit
13 January 2017 | Chilufeya 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.

Putting human rights at the centre of our approach
9 December 2016 | Tom Palakudiyil

On the eve of Human Rights Day, Tom Palakudiyil, WaterAid’s Regional Director for South Asia, looks at the evolution of WaterAid’s approach to a point where human rights are central to our work and a rights-based approach essential to achieving our vision.

Discussions at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) High Level Meeting in Mexico City, 2014.

Why ‘development effectiveness’ matters for water, sanitation and hygiene.
28 Nov 2016 | 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.

WaterAid India staff.

The journey to WaterAid India
23 May 2016 | Neeraj Jain and Pallavi Chaturvedi and Avinash Kumar

This year, WaterAid India becomes our first country office to transition to being a member country. Find out how this was achieved, and look to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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.

Gabriel de Silva on the half kilometer hike that he has to make twice daily to procure the water that he and his wife Adalina require for cooking, drinking and washing, Camalelara, East Timor.

Water and sanitation report card: slow progress, inadequate funding
24 Nov 2015 | Tim Brewer

WaterAid Policy Analyst Tim Brewer looks at the sobering picture of water and sanitation services provided by the World Health Organization’s report the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), produced by UN Water.