Australian MP Rob Oakeshott climbs aboard a giant toilet outside Parliament House to highlight the lack of proper sanitation in poor countries. Photo: Ray Strange / The Australian
A Christian group is calling on the Australian government to provide WASH access for 8.8 million people each year by increasing aid to water and sanitation from the current A$ 117 million (US$ 114 million) to A$ 500 million (US$ 487 million) per annum by 2015. Based on the estimated A$ 70 billion a year that is needed to meet the MDG targets for water and sanitation by 2015, the group believes that Australia’s fair share in this effort amounts to A$ 500 million per year.
As part of their Micah Challenge campaign, the group set up a giant toilet outside Parliament House to draw attention to global poverty and the link between decent sanitation and preventable deaths.
Australian Aid Saving Millions of Lives: Report
April 12, 2011
A new report released by aid organisation World Vision claims that Australian aid dollars have contributed to significant declines in child deaths, gains in school enrolments and the provision of clean water and sanitation for the world’s poorest people.
And World Vision CEO Tim Costello has used the report to put pressure on government ahead of next month’s Federal Budget to honour its commitment to boost Australia’s level of overseas aid to 50 cents in every $100 dollars by 2015 – something the report says could save an extra 500,000 lives each year.
The report Effective Aid: Helping Millions calculates the impact of aid over the past 20 years and shows that significant progress has been made in combating poverty in the 10 countries that receive the most aid from Australia – with the exception of conflict-torn Afghanistan.
Costello says the report shows that despite rich nations only spending one third of one percent of their income on aid each year, even this small investment is having a big impact.
Costello says the amount spent on soft drink each year is greater than the amount spent on aid for poor countries.
Costello says that according to the report, since 1990 global aid efforts have helped prevent 45 million child death and an additional 1.8 billion people have gained access to improved water sources.
Japan has an unlikely new export product: the sewage it normally dumps into rivers or the sea. The first buyer is the Australian mining industry. Could this also become a new money earner for developing countries? Well, no. The “export quality” sewage in question is effluent from high-tech Japanese wastewater treatment plants.
An innovative trade experiment will take place in the autumn of 2010. Australian ships with iron ore for Japan, will return, not with seawater in their ballast tanks, but with highly treated sewage water.
Sanitation is one the issues featured on AusAID’s Global Education Website. The objective of the Global Education Website is to increase the amount and quality of teaching of global education in Australian primary and secondary schools. The site supports the AusAID Global Education Program which aims to raise awareness and understanding among Australian school students of international issues, development and poverty, and to prepare them to live in an increasingly globalised world and to be active citizens shaping better futures.
The Sanitation global issue page provides the following case studies and teaching activities on:
- community-led total sanitation
- improving toilets
- spreading disease
- urban poor getting connected in Bangalore
There are also two project pages on Sanitation and Disease, one for lower and upper secondary years (LS-U/Sec) and one for upper primary years (UP)
The Jacobson brothers plumbed the world’s dunnies for a TV series. By Bridget McManus.
THERE was a time, after the runaway success of Kenny the movie, that Shane Jacobson seemed hell-bent on proving he could play other parts. After all, like most overnight successes, he has been in showbiz nearly all his life.
Just as the film shone a new light on the business of toilet cleaning and maintenance, Kenny’s World, coinciding with the United Nations’ Year of Sanitation, peers into the least savoury places on the planet and comes up with some fascinating facts and heartwarming stories. With a crew of about five, Shane and Clayton covered 17 countries and 27 cities in eight weeks.
“As humans we’re incredibly creative when it comes to sanitation and the far-reaching effects that it has on our lives that we may or may not be aware of. For example, a lawyer walking into an earthquake-decimated part of China is not really going to be met with great excitement. He is the last person they need. They need Kennys, they need people to come in there and help out with sanitation, they need construction. They need all the people who are normally asked to move to the shadows once those streets are clean.”
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