In the wake of the World Cup and the Olympics, activists in Brazil are taking to the streets (and the beaches) demanding more investment in neglected public services like sanitation. Activist group Meu Rio (My Rio) sat on lavatories on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro to raise awareness about the dumping of untreated sewage into the sea. The group also laid out coloured silhouettes of common bacteria found in sewage on the sand.
Some 70% of Rio’s sewage is said to be untreated as it flows into the sea off the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and the Guanabara Bay, which will host several events at the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Source: Sky News, 26 Jan 2014
. Summary of sanitation lending and product delivery models. Water for People
Microfinance allows middle- and lower-income households to invest in desirable sanitation products, so that public funding can be freed up to reach the poorest, according to Water for People (WfP). In a new report , WfP reviews their experiences in piloting various lending models in seven countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, India, Malawi, Peru, Rwanda and Uganda.
The report provides lessons and recommendations for donors wishing to engage in sanitation microfinancing. The four key recommendations are:
- Think like a business
- Support lending institutions based on the microfinance climate and capacity needs
- Build an autonomous sanitation microfinance market
- Track progress and lessons
The report is part of WfP’s Sanitation as a Business (SaaB) program, funded by a Gates Foundation grant.
Read the full report
 Chatterley, C. et al, 2013. Microfinance as a potential catalyst for improved sanitation : a synthesis of Water For People’s sanitation lending experiences in seven countries. Denver, CO,USA: Water For People. Available at: <http://www.waterforpeople.org/assets/files/sanitation-microfinance.pdf>
Source: Christie Chatterley et al., Microfinance as a potential cataylst for improved sanitation, Water for People, 27 Dec 2013
Posted in Africa, Funding, Latin America & Caribbean, Publications, Sanitary Facilities, South Asia
Tagged Bolivia, finance, Guatemala, India, Malawi, microfinance, Peru, Rwanda, Sanitation as a business, Uganda, Water for People
Sanitation in Guatemala. Photo: LatinoSan 2013
Delegates attending LatinoSan 2013 have agreed to set up a Latin-American and Caribbean Observatory on Sanitation. The observatory will monitor progress on sanitation in those countries that have signed up to the LatinoSan initiative. Sub-regional and national sanitation scorecards are already available online.
There will also be a Regional Meeting of Ministries of Sanitation every 2 years.
These are two of the commitments written up in the Panama Declaration at the conclusion of the 3rd Latin American and Caribbean Sanitation Conference, LatinoSan 2013. The conference took place in Panama City from 29 to 31 May 2013.
Posted in Latin America & Caribbean, Policy, Progress on Sanitation, Sanitary Facilities, Wastewater Management, Web sites
Tagged Latinosan, monitoring, national monitoring, Panama Declaration, sanitation monitoring, sanitation scorecards, schools, statistics
The Republic of Panama is organizing the Third Latin American Sanitation Conference on 29-31 May 2013. The theme is: “Universal Sanitation: New Challenges, New Opportunities”.
Latinosan is held every three years.
Latinosan 2013 consists of two events: a technical conference and a meeting of senior officials that will result in the Declaration of Panama.
- the status of sanitation at regional and country levels
- institutions and public policy
- human rights and sustainable development
- post-2015 goals: regional and global
For more information visit the conference website: latinosanpanama2013.com (Spanish only)
Mass media campaign with loudspeaker rickshaw, Bangladesh. Photo: Eawag
Evidenced-based methods are more cost effective than traditional NGO awareness raising approaches to ensure sustained behaviour change in the WASH sector, says environmental psychologist Prof. Hans-Joachim Mosler.
Two of his presentations on evidence-based behaviour change are now available online. An accompanying guideline for behaviour change  was published in June 2012.
Mosler begins his first presentation with examples of failed sanitation and water projects. What they have in common is that they focus on hardware and neglect behaviour change. In one striking study, the construction of new school latrines actually increased health risks among girls because hygiene behaviour did not improve .
Posted in Africa, Hygiene Promotion, Latin America & Caribbean, Multimedia, Publications, Research, South Asia
Tagged behaviour change, changing behaviour, EAWAG, evidence-based behaviour change, fluoride removal, handwashing, Hans-Joachim Mosler, RANAS model, shared toilets, videos
Got Soap? A Volunteer in Peru put together this great tutorial on how to build your own soap dispenser.
Materials : 2 liter soda bottle, 3 liter soda bottle, 1 “closet bolt” or other bolt (1/4”x 2”), 5 of ¼” nuts, 2 rubber washers, Africano contact glue, screw(s) to attach holder to wall. Drill & bit.
Remove bottle labels and cut off both bottle bottoms. Cut off top of the 3 L bottle, about 2” from cap, so that it creates a 2” diameter hole.
Mount the inverted 3L bottle on a wall or suspend by string as standard Tippy Tap.
Drill a clean 3/8” hole in the center of the 2 L cap. Smooth edges with steel wool or sandpaper.
Plunger assembly: Thread all nuts up to the bolt head, glue one rubber washer to inside of cap and the other to underside of bolt head (or nut), (contact cement MUST be slightly dry before assembly). Slide open end of bolt through cap hole and thread on bolt cap.
Put the cap on the 2L bottle and insert entire unit into the 3L holder.
Fill with liquid soap (thicker the better). You may coat the 2 washer contact surfaces with Vaseline for better seal.