Sanitation for All – Experiences, Challenges, and Innovations

Sanitation for All – Experiences, Challenges, and Innovations

Published in June 2016 this book covers key themes by exploring current experience, practices, challenges, innovations and insights, as well as identifying a future research agenda and gaps in current knowledge. Describing the landscape of sustainability of CLTS and sanitation with reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and through examples from Africa and Asia, the book captures a range of experiences and innovations from a broad range of institutions and actors within the WASH sector, and attempts to make recommendations and practical suggestions for policy and practice for practitioners, funders, policy-makers and governments.

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Solar water set-ups – a better way?

Earlier this month the Economist published an article on pay-as-you go solar water supply systems that seem to be working well. To quote from the article: “Since they are paying for it, the women and girls who collect the water also take more care now not to spill any, leaving fewer puddles in which mosquitos can breed. Most important, though, is to fix broken pumps quickly. In Kenya Ms Koehler found villagers were prepared to pay five times as much for water so long as their pumps were fixed within three days, compared with the previous average of 27.” Read More…

Challenges in Agricultural Development

“The world’s population is set to grow from 7 billion today to 9 billion in 2050. The pesticide industry argues that its products – a market worth about $50bn (£41bn) a year and growing – are vital in protecting crops and ensuring sufficient food supplies.

“It is a myth,” said Hilal Elver, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food. “Using more pesticides is nothing to do with getting rid of hunger. According to the UN Food and AgricultureOrganisation (FAO), we are able to feed 9 billion people today. Production is definitely increasing, but the problem is poverty, inequality and distribution.” Read More

Swords to Ploughshares, Guns to Rope pumps

One of our members is involved in a church program to convert guns to rope pumps.

The people of Columbia Presbyterian envision a world where devices associated with death are turned into implements that give life. The congregation asked its members and people from the surrounding community to donate guns to the project. These were taken to a local artistic blacksmith who forged a symbolic, working rope pump with wood and metal from the guns.

This project sends a powerful message of peace to people in the United States and will raise funds to meet an urgent need for safe water in Malawi. (video by Laura Grace Bordeaux). For more information or to contribute to this program contact Jim McGill, or Columbia Presbyterian Church, 711 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

E4C reports Charitable Foundations have a Unique Role to Play in WASH

“It is clear that community-based management will not lead to long-term provision of clean water services for poor, rural communities. “…in pursuit of an MDG defined by access to improved water source technologies, a focus on installing infrastructure has arguably been at the expense of putting in place the institutional, operational, and financial arrangements required to keep systems working indefinitely.” Long-term service support is needed…. With a few changes, charitable foundations have the potential to make deep improvements in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in developing countries.” Shifting the emphasis from hardware infrastructure implementation to long-term support will make all the difference.  Read More…