Recent WASH research – July 26, 2018


The global risks of increasing reliance on bottled water. Nature Sustainability, July 16.
The rapid growth of bottled water use in low- and middle-income countries, and its normalization as a daily source of drinking water, does not provide a pathway to universal access. Generous and sustained investment in centralized and community utilities remains the most viable means for achieving safe water access for all.

Intrinsic and Instrumental Perspectives to Sanitation. SSM – Population Health, 18 July.
But what is often overlooked is the fact that a given public health intervention might be the end in itself. In other words, a given intervention might be worth investing in even if there are zero returns from investing in it. This intrinsic value, however, is often overlooked. In this commentary, we look specifically at sanitation, and why the development community should motivate sanitation interventions using an intrinsic value perspective.

Socio-environmental drivers of sustainable adoption of household water treatment in developing countries. NPJ, July 23.
The objective of this study is to analyze the interactions between such socio-environmental characteristics, rather than a single characteristic, in order to explain the adoption of HWT. Five socio-environmental characteristics and behavior determinants were analyzed using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) from 41 case studies in Africa, Asia, and South America. Results show that there is no single characteristic that alone explains the adoption of HWT.


Preferences and constraints – when does container-based sanitation address the binding constraint to uptake? WASHeconomics, July 23.
CBS is not a silver bullet for all urban sanitation challenges. However, it does have potential in some settings, especially informal settlements where space, ATP (cost-spreading) or tenancy/tenure are the binding constraint to uptake of improved sanitation.

Evaluation Shares Lessons Learned from DAI-Led Water Project in Indonesia. DAI, July 11.
A recent report that evaluated the sustainability of a DAI-led water resources and natural resource management program in Indonesia from 2004 to 2010 has shown that the majority of the partner water utilities continued to experience success after the donor-funded project ended.


Global Water Security e-Course, UNDER DEVELOPMENT. The UN Water Learning Centre (WLC). The Global Water Security course will provide a general and international approach to the ongoing issue of water security, with an overarching goal of educating professionals on the processes and conditions needed for safe, secure, sustainable and sufficient water for community development.


APPLYING OUTCOME MAPPING TO PLAN, MONITOR AND EVALUATE POLICY INFLUENCE; LEARNING FROM THE SHARE RESEARCH CONSORTIUM – SHARE has applied outcome mapping as an approach to plan, monitor and evaluate its research into use work. Outcome mapping (OM) is an iterative approach to project planning, monitoring and evaluation which seeks to identify, engage and work with the key stakeholders who are likely to help foster transformative change.

Behaviour Change for WASH: Policy Brief – This policy brief documents SHARE’s contribution to understanding behaviour change and associated health impacts. It provides recommendations for researchers and intervention implementers, policy makers and funders.

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