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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A borehole that lasts for a lifetime

A borehole that lasts a lifetime
5 December 2016 | Vincent Casey

Groundwater is a valuable resource for communities, but accessing and maximising its potential can be difficult. Vincent Casey, WaterAid’s Senior WASH Advisor, introduces a series of videos demonstrating good practice in borehole drilling.

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.

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.

Sorgo collects dirty water from a hand-dug open well in Burkina Faso, 2014.

The UK aid strategy: opportunities and challenges for WASH
1 Apr 2016 | Bethan Twigg

The UK Government’s new aid strategy will frame its approach to overseas aid until 2020, and allocates half to fragile states and regions. What does this mean for water, sanitation and hygiene? Bethan Twigg, WaterAid’s UK Advocacy Manager, looks at the potential challenges and opportunities the strategy presents for the sector.

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.

An irrigated maize plantation in Kenya

Water and food: will a Green Revolution bring falling water tables to Africa?
12 September 2014

To feed the growing global population, food production must be greatly increased. Economists have suggested that food shortages could be alleviated by an agricultural revolution in Africa but what might this mean for Africa’s groundwater? Vincent Casey, WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager – Water Security, explores the question.

A community mapping exercise, Burjan tea garden, Sylhet, Bangladesh, 2011.

Scalable approaches to universal sanitation services
27 February 2014

Over the past few years, we have been developing our approach to sanitation, moving from supporting partner organisations to deliver toilets and hygiene promotion programmes towards more sustainable and equitable work.

Water pipes

Understanding why waterpoints fail
27 February 2014

Every year, over 30,000 boreholes fitted with handpumps are installed in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. All will break down at some point. Some will be repaired and return to service. Others will not be fixed and will fall out of use. All will eventually need to be replaced.