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Mattius Millinga, 51-years-old, stands next to one of the 'pajaj' vehicles that transports the gulper pump equipment, outside his house in Kigamboni Ward, Temeke Municipality, Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania - February 2015.

Learning from Tanzanian innovators
23 Mar 2016 | Rémi Kaupp

When businesses find ways to meet sanitation challenges, it is not just the owners who benefit. Meet two Tanzanian entrepreneurs who are changing the way sanitation works in Dar es Salaam.

Students of Salaga Senior High School on their way to fetch untreated water from a dam approximately three kilometres from the school.

Promoting innovative WASH solutions in Ghana
12 Feb 2016 | 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.

A man with an affordable latrine.

Realising Nigeria's sanitation dreams
03 Dec 2015 | Erin Flynn

Nigeria is one of the world’s five biggest contributors to the problem of open defecation, despite ongoing Government efforts. Erin Flynn, WaterAid’s Research Manager, looks at the country’s sanitation problem and whether the sanitation ladder will help Nigeria reach its ambitious targets.

Julius Chisengo and Cleophas Shinga empty the contents of a pit latrine at Kigamboni Ward, Temeke Municipality, Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania.

Does the WASH sector need innovation?
16 Nov 2015 | 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?

Mary walking carrying a bucket of water.

Can mobile technology revolutionise data use in the WASH sector?
28 August 2015 | Erik Harvey

Erik Harvey, Head of Programme Support Unit at WaterAid, discusses the role mobile technologies such as mWater could have in ensuring we have the data we need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation.

Floating house on water in Cambodia

The HandyPod: sanitation for floating communities in Cambodia
18 Jun 2015 | James Wicken

Building safe and sustainable sanitation systems is a huge challenge for many poor communities, but when homes are built over water a new dimension is added. James Wicken, WaterAid Country Representative for Cambodia, looks at a new solution to the problem faced by Cambodia’s floating villages.

Janet Mavuto, 39, walks through the maize fieldson her way to collect water, Bokola Village, Malawi, March 2012.

Going for gold: experiments in urine reuse
5 Jun 2015 | Rémi Kaupp

As water scarcity and low soil quality squeezes harvests in the world’s poorest countries, research is intensifying into alternatives to expensive and inefficient production of fertilisers. Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid’s urban sanitation specialist, looks at how the answer may be in all of us.

Sanitation marketing in Cambodia

How to sell toilets: a new approach to sanitation marketing in South East Asia
22 Apr 2015 | Girish Menon

In Cambodia, an organisation named WaterSHED has developed a successful approach to marketing sanitation to remote communities which has reached 40% of Cambodians and is spreading fast across the Mekong region. Girish Menon, WaterAid’s Director of International Programmes and Deputy Chief Executive, went to see their programme in action to find out how it works.

Water logging on the main road, there is no prevention method in place for this problem to date, Paikgacha Paurasava, Bangladesh, 2014.

Flooding and sludge issues – at home and abroad
9 Apr 2015 | Rémi Kaupp

Learning can be a two-way street: Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid’s Programme Officer – Urban, travelled with Yorkshire Water and AECOM engineers to Bangladesh, and discovered that the UK and Bangladesh have more water challenges in common than you might expect.

Girish Menon

The urban sanitation business
2 Dec 2014 | Girish Menon

WaterAid UK’s Director of International Programmes Girish Menon describes how market-based approaches to sanitation could be the future of urban waste management in developing countries.


New advice forum responds to Ebola crisis
22 October 2014

A group of organisations including the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) and Médecins Sans Frontières is using a new online question and answer forum to answer technical questions as part of the global response to the Ebola crisis.

Girls washing hands outside an sanitary toilet in Pakistan

Faecal sludge management – technical developments in South Asia
12 Sep 2014 | Remi Kaupp

In urban areas, providing sanitation for all is a notoriously complex challenge. Faecal sludge management is gaining more attention as a crucial link in delivering on-site sanitation because both its collection through pit emptying and its treatment are usually expensive, neglected and poorly developed.