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USAID Announces Partnership with Toilet Board Coalition

USAID Announces Partnership with Toilet Board Coalition. Global Waters, November 2016.

Public-private partnerships have significant potential to accelerate progress toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’ sanitation target. An exciting new Global Development Alliance between USAID and the Toilet Board Coalition promises to strengthen efforts to reach the 2.4 billion worldwide still without adequate sanitation. 


A roadside toilet in the desert in Tunisia. According to the World Bank, 92 percent of Tunisians now have access to improved sanitation facilities, compared to just 73 percent in 1990. Photo Credit: Dennis Keller

To fuel continued global sanitation improvements and generate sustainable livelihood opportunities, USAID is proud to announce a three-year Global Development Alliance with the Toilet Board Coalition. Launched in 2014, the Toilet Board Coalition is a public-private partnership that brings together some of the world’s most dynamic companies, multilaterals, NGOs, and business minds. It serves as an accelerator to incubate and scale-up innovative technologies and services to help mitigate unmet need for improved sanitation across the developing world.

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RB, USAID and EY launch Hygiene Index on World Toilet Day

RB, USAID and EY launch Hygiene Index on World Toilet Day. Delhi Greens, November 23, 2016.

RB, a leading consumer health and hygiene company, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and EY have launched a highly innovative Hygiene Index program. hand-wash-sanitation-and-hygiene

The announcement was made at the Global Citizen Festival organised in Mumbai where millions of people gathered to support key global issues including hygiene and sanitation.

The initiative has been taken to support of the Government of India’s flagship sanitation initiative Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Complementing RB’s Banega Swachh India campaign, the Hygiene Index focuses on six sectors – water, solid waste, sewerage, toilet, health and behaviour change communication.

The Index will be calculated for more than 100 cities based on primary and secondary data collection and stakeholder consultations.

In the first phase, 10 cities including Pune, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, NDMC, Varanasi, Vizag, and Udaipur —will be analysed by January 2017. Using the tool, the performance of the cities will be benchmarked and easily comparable, along with analysis of the best practices adopted.

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November 19 – World Toilet Day 2016

World Toilet Day 2016: Toilets and Jobs wtd2016web

This year’s theme focuses on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact on livelihoods. Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy, as well as improving health and protecting people’s safety and dignity, particularly women’s and girls’.

A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe impacts upon businesses through problems in the workforce: poor health, absenteeism, attrition, reduced concentration, exhaustion, and decreased productivity. Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP.

Investing in good toilets in workplaces and schools so that women and girls have clean, separate facilities to maintain their dignity, and to manage menstruation or pregnancy safely, can boost what is often referred to as the ‘girl effect’: maximising the involvement of half the population in society.

Cheryl Hicks On World Toilet Day – Global Waters Radio

Cheryl Hicks On World Toilet Day – Global Waters Radio

Cheryl Hicks is executive director of the Toilet Board Coalition, a public-private partnership that uses market-based solutions to deliver sustainable sanitation improvements, at scale, in communities around the world.

In honor of World Toilet Day (November 19), Hicks speaks with Global Waters Radio about the Coalition’s recently launched multi-year partnership with USAID, and the Coalition’s ongoing efforts to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals’ target of providing universal access to improved sanitation by 2030.


2016 National Water Research Institute Clarke Prize Award

2016 National Water Research Institute Clarke Prize Award – Honoring Excellence in Water Research

Consisting of a medallion and $50,000 check, the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize is one of only a dozen water prizes awarded worldwide. It has been distinguished by the International Congress of Distinguished Awards as one of the most prestigious awards in the world. clarke

We are pleased to announce that public health microbiologist Mark Sobsey, Ph.D., will be the twenty-third recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Sobsey is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

SID DC meeting – Urban Sanitation: Meeting the SDGs for Universal Access by 2030

Urban Sanitation: Meeting the SDGs for Universal Access by 2030

Join the conversation: @sidwashington @AECOM

The world’s urban population is close to 3.9 billion, including nearly 1 billion living in informal settlements. The United Nations estimates that the urban population in developing countries could double by 2030, while the land area covered by cities could triple.

Currently, in sub-Saharan Africa, only 40% of the urban population has access to improved sanitation, while in Southern Asia the percentage covered is 67 . This percentage could decrease as governments struggle with providing required infrastructure and basic services to meet the rapidly growing demand.

To avoid this, and work toward achievement of SDG 6.2, government, private sector, civil society and donor organizations will need to develop and deploy innovative service delivery models that will increase sanitation access to urban customers at a faster pace and larger scale than ever before.

In preparation for the United Nations’ World Toilet Day on November 19, 2016, SID/W, together with AECOM, has assembled a panel of experts to discuss their experiences and the prospects for achieving universal access to sanitation for urban populations by 2030.

Live Q&A: What is the future of innovation for water and sanitation?

Live Q&A: What is the future of innovation for water and sanitation? The Guardian, November 10, 2016.

What are the interesting inventions that work, and where are new solutions needed most? Join an expert panel on 17 November, 3-4.30pm GMT, to discuss

Innovation is often cited as an enabler of sustainable development. Donors, NGOs and governments support new initiatives and technologies to reach the millions who lack access to water and sanitation, and a number of prizes and challenges encourage entrepreneurs to develop solutions to the same problems.

But does the water, sanitation and hygiene sector (Wash) need such innovation? “There isn’t much that needs improvement about having a tap connected to mains water and using a toilet that flushes into a sewer,” says Remi Kaupp, urban sanitation specialist at WaterAid. “The main ingredients needed to achieve universal water and sanitation coverage are well known, and they are not glamourous.”

The problem, it seems, is equating innovation and invention. “I think the technologies [we need] exist today,” says Jayanthi Iyengar of Xylem. “What we need is innovation around how we speed up their implementation, and how we unlock financial opportunities for local communities or countries.” Indeed, new approaches to financing access to water and sanitation, such as levies and development impact bonds, are gaining traction as solutions in the sector.

So where is innovation needed most? What are the interesting inventions that work? How can obstacles to innovation be addressed? And how can we ensure that any new initiatives are meaningful and do not cover the same ground as others?

Join an expert panel on Thursday 17 November, from 3pm to 4.30pm GMT, to discuss these questions and more.

The live chat is not video or audio-enabled but will take place in the comments section (below). Want to recommend someone for the panel or ask a question in advance? Get in touch via or @GuardianGDP on Twitter. Follow the discussion using the hashtag #globaldevlive.

Panel to be announced