New Delhi promised to build hundreds of public toilets for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Only 9 were built, and none of them are functioning. This short report from Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman highlights the fact that over 50 per cent of Indians have no access to clean toilets. It focuses on the lack of facilities in India’s growing cities and in schools. The report features rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, the inevitable Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International and UNICEF India’s Suzanne Coates.
- Re: Innovations and Private Sector: Can They Solve the Sanitation Problem? - by: goeco February 11, 2016Open source innovations encourage competition. Public-good or philanthropic grant funding (or government funding) that results in one enterprise holding commercial advantage will not bring price down, but only increases profit for that one enterprise. Grantors need to recognise this and only give grantees money for developing or testing innovations that do n […]
- Re: New separate forum sub-category on advocacy - and what is advocacy? - by: Carol McCreary February 11, 2016A comprehensive, 65-page “Public Restroom Advocacy Toolkit” has been issued by PHLUSH. The purpose of the Toolkit is to help community members and local government officials learn how to provide and maintain public toilets that make cities livable, respect human dignity, and promote health and well-being. Visit toolkit.phlush.org download entire document or […]
- Re: How do we maintain cleanliness of school toilets? Question from Tanzania - by: muench February 11, 2016Dear Mgeta Sebastian, I saw your post in another thread but have pulled it out into a new thread as it introduces a new topic. Ah, that's no good about the donor putting in pedestal toilets in schools if the pupils will only use squat toilets... Did the donor not show you their plans beforehand, were there no meetings between donor and school administra […]
- Grant update: Viscous Heating for Helminth Deactivation in Fecal Sludge - by: garyfoutchosu February 11, 2016We've received follow-up funding for this grant which started out as a GCE grant with USD 100,000 in 2011. So today, I'd like you inform you about our new grant: it is a continuation of our past projects and we're now in the process of scaling up: Title of grant: Viscous Heating for Helminth Deactivation in Fecal Sludge (200 to 1000 Liters/Hou […]
- Re: DRAWING WATER - 2nd edition: A resource book of over 600 WASH and related images - by: JKMakowka February 11, 2016freedomdefined.org/Licenses/NC Has a lot of good reasons why "non-commercial" licenses are generally a bad idea in an open-access context. CC-by-SA ("Share alike") is really the best license to choose for such a picture collection, and it ensures wide use while protecting you from most forms of "commercial abuse".
- Re: Innovations and Private Sector: Can They Solve the Sanitation Problem? - by: goeco February 11, 2016
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- Webinar on Engaging Local Actors in Sanitation Behavior Change: Case Studies of CLTS (Plan/UNC) December 9, 2015Join UNC and Plan for a webinar on Thursday, December 17th from 10:00 – 11:00 am (EST) as they shpetra
- CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop at SACOSAN VI in Dhaka December 8, 2015On Sunday 10th January 2016, the CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS, UNICEF and WSSCC are co-convening a CLTS Sharing and Learning Workshop as part of the SACOSAN VI Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh.petra
- Bum deal: is access to a toilet a human right or a privilege? January 29, 2016
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