Category Archives: Campaigns and Events

Global Handwashing Day 2017 Planner’s Guide

Global Handwashing Day 2017 Planner’s Guide

Updated for 2017, this Planner’s Guide will help you plan a successful Global Handwashing Day event. Planners-Guide-Cover-300x233

From providing step-by-step instructions to easy-to-use tools, the Global Handwashing Day 2017 Planner’s Guide explores the importance of handwashing with soap and features:

Spotlights on current big ideas in handwashing, such as:

  • the connection between hygiene and gender (pg. 17),
  • the importance of handwashing for a healthy start (pg. 22), and
  • the importance of sustaining handwashing with soap habits (pg. 29)
  • Tools to help planners assess the impact of your campaign (pg. 52)
  • Suggestions for promoting hygiene beyond October 15 (pg. 72)

The Global Handwashing Day 2017 Social Media Toolkit is also available, and in English, French & Spanish.

USAID participation at World Water Week 2017

Are You Heading to Stockholm for World Water Week 2017?

It’s that time of the year: World Water Week kicks off in Stockholm on August 27th!

This year World Water Week will focus on “water and waste: reduce and reuse,” in recognition of the vital roles that water use efficiency, wastewater treatment, conservation, and water recycling play in bolstering water security throughout the world. usaidlogo

We hope you will join USAID and its partners for the following World Water Week events:

Monday, August 28th

Tuesday, August 29th

Wednesday, August 30th

Thursday, August 31st

Whether you plan on attending World Water Week in person or following events from afar, stay tuned to @USAIDWater for the latest updates from Stockholm, and join the conversation online using the hashtag #WWWeek.

Menstrual Hygiene Management Virtual Conference – Register today

October 17th, 2017 – Menstrual Hygiene Management Virtual Conference

Participate online from anywhere in the world for free through our interactive virtual platform! unnamed.png

The 6th Annual Virtual Conference on MHM in Schools co-hosted by UNICEF and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, provides an opportunity to hear the latest research and programming from around the world.

This year’s theme “MHM and WASH: Supporting a gender-responsive learning environment” aims to highlight national examples of supportive WASH in schools enabling environments that ensure that schools are ready for girls.

Moving through the generations taking forward WASH… no longer just for the majority and those with the loudest voice

Moving through the generations taking forward WASH… no longer just for the majority and those with the loudest voice. By Sarah House, CLTS website, July 2017.

I have just completed three days at the WEDC 40th International Conference held at Loughborough University in the UK. As always the conference was packed with a wide range of interesting paper presentations, posters, side-events and associated activities. clts

Meeting colleagues new and old from across the globe is always a wonderful part of a WEDC conference and at the same time to become aware of the range of experience and learning that has been going on over the past few years. This year was no exception.

But amongst the positive experiences, a passing snide (arrogant/ignorant) comment made on the second day by a senior WASH professional from my generation (now in our 50s), related to the advocacy that I have been trying to do for increased attention on the often hidden and taboo subject of incontinence (where people cannot control the flow of their urine and faeces), made me reflect on the past, the present and the future.

In particular to reflect on the progress that we have made as a sector in working to ensure that the WASH needs of all are met and how we are no longer mainly focussing on the needs and priorities of men, the majority and those with the loudest voice.

Read the complete article.

Young Water Solutions – the Young Water Fellowship Program

Young Water Solutions – Young Water Fellowship Program

The Young Water Fellowship Program aims to empower young leaders from low and middle income countries to implement projects to tackle water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), water pollution and water scarcity issues, by offering them an intensive training program, seed funding grants for their projects, and mentoring support by senior level experts during one year. Logo_YWF_1706__color-1030x547.png

This program will bring about in its first edition (2017) 10 young community leaders capable of successfully designing and implementing sustainable and inclusive water projects that significantly improve living conditions in their communities, while contributing to the achievement of SDG #6 (water and sanitation for all).

Read more.


July 19, 2017 – Franchising Sanitation’ with Julie McBride of MSA Worldwide

JULY MODULE: ‘Franchising Sanitation’  w/ Julie McBride of MSA Worldwide

  • July 19, 2017
  • 16h00 CEST / 10h00 EST

MSA is “the leading strategic and tactical advisory firm in franchising” according to the International Franchise Association. Our reputation is built on our proven ability in creating sustainable franchise programs that our clients can manage and grow successfully.

This is part of the Toilet Accelerator Fast Forward Series. Julie McBride is a thought leader in the field of social franchising and was recently named one of “Five Innovative Consultants that are changing the world” in Inc. Magazine. toilet

Julie has devoted her career to helping low income people around the globe gain access to products and services they need to live healthy and productive lives.

Along the way she has gained experience in both commercial and social sectors, including pharmaceutical marketing, social franchising of health care in the developing world, and currently as a social franchise consultant for MSA Worldwide.

Her experience has convinced her that the only way to solve some of the longstanding problems associated with poverty is to combine the proven tools of the commercial and social sectors to create new and better approaches to understanding and meeting people’s needs. For Julie, the most promise lies in the emerging field of social franchising.

Don’t neglect shared latrines in drive for sanitation for all, agencies warn

Shared toilets in Kenya. Photo: Sanergy

Shared toilets in Kenya. Photo: Sanergy

• WaterAid joins WSUP, World Bank and leading academics in urging donors, policymakers and planners not to neglect shared sanitation
• Where private household toilets aren’t yet an option, safe, well-managed shared toilets are a crucial step to further improvement

Funding for safe, shared toilets in fast-growing developing-world cities is at risk of neglect from donors, policymakers and planners, a new journal article authored by sanitation specialists, senior economists and leading academics has warned.

Authors from the World Bank, WaterAid and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor have joined leading academics from the University of Leeds and the University of Colorado – Boulder in calling for shared toilets as an essential stepping-stone towards universal sanitation.

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