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Completion of marketing training with new marketing materials.

Marketing and pride to improve sanitation in Nigeria
7 September 2017 | Nneka Akwunwa

What is it that motivates people most to improve their toilets and hygiene behaviours? Nneka Akwunwa, Sanitation Marketing Manager at WaterAid Nigeria, tells us what she’s learned about using creative marketing.

Girls and boys uniform at Katapazi school in Zambia.

Sanitation and gender – looking beyond the binary
25 July 2017 | Andres Hueso and Mamata Dash 

Research has shown that the issue of transgender and intersex access to sanitation is under-addressed in the water, sanitation and hygiene development sector. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, and Mamata Dash of WaterAid India, discuss the human rights issues at the heart of the matter, and what could be done.

Girls celebrate the newly-built latrine at their schools in Kibuku District, Uganda, which was funded by H&M Foundation.

WaterAid at 40th WEDC Conference
20 July 2017 | Aditi Chandak 

Academics and practitioners working in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector will attend the annual WEDC International Conference, hosted by Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University on 24–28 July. Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Learning and Knowledge Advisor, introduces the range of topics WaterAid will cover at the 40th WEDC International Conference.

A young man collects water at the water source from a dammed water collection point in Mbagala, Kibonde Maji A Ward, Temeke Municipality, Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania – February 2015

The long and winding road – bringing water to Kibondemaji, Dar es Salaam
21 April 2017 | Priya Sippy

Collaboration and innovation are two values core to WaterAid’s work. Priya Sippy, Campaigns and Communications Manager at WaterAid Tanzania, shares frontline experience of partnership and adaptive planning in bringing water and sanitation to Kibondemaji in Dar es Salaam.

A boy plays at an open defecation site in Safeda Basti, Delhi, India.Finding toilets in India: Google to the rescue?
15 March 2017 | Anil Cherukupalli

India's Swachh Bharat sanitation campaign has triggered many novel schemes aiming to improve the country's sanitation. Now, tech giant Google has joined the battle to clean up India's toilet habits, by mapping public toilets. Anil Cherukupalli, Media and Communications Manager at WaterAid India, put the app to the test.

Gastenen Muotcha (left), the Clinical Officer at Linyangwa Health Centre in Kasungu, Malawi, with his colleagues. Happy second anniversary Healthy Start
9 February 2017 | Dan Jones

WaterAid’s global advocacy priority, Healthy Start, aims to improve newborn and child health by integrating water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) into health policy and practice. Dan Jones, WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator, reflects on our progress so far.

A baby is weighed at Linyangwa Health Centre, Kasungu, Malawi, September 2016.No longer business as usual – Deliver Life project
7 February 2017 | Abigail Nyaka

In Malawi pregnant women face one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates. Abigail Nyaka, Programme Officer for Soapbox at WaterAid Malawi, describes the context of Deliver Life – WaterAid’s project to bridge the gap between government efforts and improved maternal and newborn health with improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Making shit happen: turning 'political will' into action
9 December 2016  | Andrés Hueso

After decades urging decision-makers to display political will to deliver sanitation, we have started to see encouraging breakthroughs. But how can governments go beyond rhetorical political will and drive real progress? Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, discusses.

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.

Poor sanitation in Ifelodum, Lagos, Nigeria. The sanitation sector: plenty of passion, so what's missing?
18 November 2016  | Ada Oko-Williams

A year after the UN sealed a commitment to achieve universal access to sanitation into the Sustainable Development Goals, WaterAid UK’s Ada Oko-Williams reflects on what the sector needs to change to make this reality.

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  | Louise Whiting

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.

Sabina uses a hanging toilet in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Approaches for urban sanitation – which tool to choose?
5 Oct 2016 | Rémi Kaupp

Do you know your shit-flow diagram from your SaniPath? Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid UK’s Urban Sanitation Specialist, navigates the array of approaches available to today’s sanitation planners working towards solutions.

Samira, 22, works as a provision store attendant in Kumasi, Ghana.

Recent thinking on urban sanitation - reporting from Stockholm World Water Week
22 September 2016 | Andres Hueso

In a rapidly urbanising world, urban sanitation is an area where urgent action is needed. WaterAid co-convened two events at World Water Week to share recent research and experiences from different cities that have achieved success. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, reports.

"We don’t have water in school so I only drink water before and after school.” Bienvenu, 5, from Miarinarivo village, Madagascar.

Back to school WASH: where's the missing link?
6 September 2016 | Om Prasad Gautam and Ada Oko-Williams 

September is synonymous with a return to the classroom. As children across the world go back to school, Om Prasad Gautam, Technical Support Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, and Ada Oko-Williams, Technical Support Manager for Sanitation at WaterAid UK, discuss what has been lacking in our approach to ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools, and how we can make a bigger impact.

A wheelchair outside a toilet. How do you campaign for accessible public toilets?
5 Sep 2016 | 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.

A toilet in Safeda Basti slum, Delhi, India.

Flush and forget? India's sanitation crisis
7 Apr 2016 | Neeraj Jain

Every day in India, almost 40 billion litres of sewage are created, with a tiny fraction being adequately treated. Neeraj Jain, CEO of WaterAid India, spoke at TEDxWalledCity to call for action on the country’s sanitation crisis and put its poorest first.

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.

Avinash Kumar and Neeraj Jain from WaterAid India at ECOSAN.

SACOSAN-VI – a marketplace for ideas
25 Jan 2016 | Avinash Kumar

Progress, challenges and diversity: Avinash Kumar, Director of Programmes and Policy at WaterAid India, rounds up the discussions and outcomes of the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation.

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.

A child being weighed at a clinic in Niassa District, Mozambique.

We won't end malnutrition without toilets
19 Nov 2015 | Dan Jones

The new Global Goals commit countries to ending malnutrition and achieving universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator Dan Jones reflects on the need for joint action on these inter-connected issues.

Delhi street scene.

Clean India one year on
07 Oct 2015 | Neeraj Jain

One year after Prime Minister Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – otherwise known as the Clean India Mission – to make India open defecation free by 2019, Neeraj Jain, WaterAid India’s Chief Executive, analyses its performance so far.

Two women smiling.

The 'eco-vapour' toilet making space for sanitation in India's slums
17 Jul 2015 | Puneet Srivastava

The demand for household toilets is at an all-time high in Indian cities but a lack of space is making providing everyone with a toilet particularly challenging in urban areas. Puneet Srivastava introduces a new kind of toilet designed to tackle the problem.

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, Head of Policy and Campaigns for WaterAid Australia, 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.

The ‘Toilet Ladies’, Sangeeta Srivastava (left), 35, and Chetna Tiwari (right), 39. Sangeeta and Chetna spread awareness of the importance of sanitation with men, women and children.

India on the road to cleanliness!
28 May 2015 | Mamata Dash

Mamata Dash, Manager – Campaigns & Rights, Equity & Inclusion at WaterAid India, looks at the progress made since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his Swachh Bharat Mission to make India open defecation free by 2019, and asks what more needs to be done to achieve this ambitious goal.

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.

Suraj Ram, 22, who works as a sanitation worker unblocking drains in Yarpur slum, Patna, Bihar, India, September 2013.

Flushed: five toilet myths in India
4 Jan 2015 | Amitangshu Acharya and Nitya Jacob

Amitangshu Acharya, Programme Manager for Akvo, an international non-profit building open source internet and mobile software, and Nitya Jacob, WaterAid India's Head of Policy, discuss myths in sanitation programmes.

An Iraqwi woman standing outside her improved toilet, Mbulu district, Tanzania, 2011

Achieving universal access to sanitation in Tanzania
6 Jan 2015 | Girish Menon

With 2.5 billion people globally lacking access to improved sanitation, we need to find sustainable solutions that work on a large scale. WaterAid’s Director of International Programmes and Deputy Chief Executive, Girish Menon, talks about his experience of WaterAid’s approach in Tanzania.

Barbara Frost

Staying focused on the world’s most valuable resource
6 Nov 2014 | Barbara Frost

The world is facing a water and sanitation crisis, with 2.5bn people on our planet lacking access to a basic toilet. The global health and economic costs are huge. However, the crisis can be addressed, and there is an important and growing role for private enterprise, argues Barbara Frost, WaterAid Chief Executive.