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SuSanA webinar monthly webinar 1: “Opportunities & challenges of achieving WASH behaviour change”

Published on Apr 28, 2016

The webinar brought together speakers who presented their perspectives on how we can improve WASH behavior change. First, we learnt about how we can do a better job of leveraging the influence of community leaders to change some of the social and cultural norms that prevent uptake of healthy WASH behaviors. The role of both formal and informal leaders was explored, as well as how to extend this collaboration beyond CLTS to incorporate it more into other WASH approaches.

Three things that make SaniPath special

Three things that make SaniPath special | Source: SaniPath blog, April 21 2016 |

The SaniPath team has created an exposure assessment tool to be used in urban low-resource areas with poor sanitation. It stands out as a resource for its accessibility, easy to understand results, and potential to influence policy making. sanipath

1. THE SANIPATH TOOL IS EASY TO USE AND UNDERSTAND
The tool was designed with the goal that it would be able to be used independently by a variety of organizations interested in improving sanitation. It comes with a detailed manual describing the steps of the data collection and the analyses process than can be understood by anyone with a basic scientific background. Minimum requirements for use of the tool include:

  • A funding source (ex: local government or international organization)
  • A lab with the ability to detect E. coli and technicians to carry out the procedures in a sterile environment
  • A team with experience conducting surveys
  • A local group to assist with data collection and distribution

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Library and resources on WASH & ICT

Eric Nitschke has developed on online library and list of resources for sharing knowledge related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.

  • A growing  of publications, reports, and handbooks
  • Resource pages related to ICT4D and  WASH containing links to research centers, networks, journals, public/private/civil society orgs, wikis, blogs and other useful websites
  • Recent articles I’ve read that might be of interest to development practitioners
  • A summary of my current work and interests and different ways to contact me

Many of these materials contain valuable insights, good practices, and lessons learned which can be used by WASH and other development stakeholders to enhance the design and implementation of their projects and initiatives, especially those seeking to harness ICTs.

USAID & Water Information Survey

USAID is developing a new web portal that could potentially serve as a centralized resource for Agency staff, partners and the public on global water issues. The portal is being designed as a hub for news, technical content, program and country information and data on Agency-wide water sector activities. usaid-logo-jpg

The below brief and voluntary survey will help USAID determine what content and features would be of greatest use to the water and development community. The entire survey should take less than 5 minutes for you to complete.

For more information please contact the E3/Water Office – Communications and Knowledge Management team at waterteam@usaid.gov.

Link to the survey: http://ow.ly/XC1Xq

Leytonstone man sets up new search engine to support world sanitation projects

Leytonstone man sets up new search engine to support world sanitation projects, by Douglas Patient, The Guardian, Dec 18 2015.

An entrepreneur has set up a brand new search engine which allows internet users to support sanitation and fresh water projects for developing countries by simply searching the web.

Andrea Demichelis

22-year-old Andrea Demichelis, of Vernon road, Leytonstone, has launched the search engine Elliot for Water.

While most other search engines make money adverts, 60 per cent of the profits made by Elliot for Water will go towards sanitation projects in developing countries.

The local charity partners implementing the projects will not take a fee from Elliot for Water, but instead will benefit from the latest water purification technology from Solwa Srl – an organisation that provides innovative solar powered equipment.

Elliot for Water comes at a time when over 600 million people do not have access to clean water, and around 2.5 billion are without adequate sanitation.

As a result, millions die each year from water-related diseases.

It is because of this water crisis that Elliot for Water was formed.

Mr Demichelis said: “I set up Elliot for Water because I wanted to show people that they can make a tangible and positive impact on the world by doing something that they do every day.

“With Elliot for Water, helping others has never been easier.

“As the search engine is powered by Yahoo! you can still enjoy the internet as you normally would, but knowing that your simple searches may be saving lives.”

“People can also be confident that we are working with small, local charities, so the revenue from their clicks won’t get lost in larger charities which have bigger overheads, so the people that need it most are getting the maximum benefit.”

Though newly launched, Elliot for Water hopes to become the default search engine for many.

Mr Demichelis adds: “I would urge people to use Elliot for Water, as they can make an impact straight away.

“After all, if you have the opportunity to save lives by simply searching the web, wouldn’t you take it?”

 

SuSanA announces new project database as a one-stop shop for information on sanitation projects

A sanitation project database is now available on the website of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). It aims to make  information about sanitation projects of all organizations available in one central location.

The project database currently contains 220 projects. 80% of these have the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as their funding source, due to the fact that the database development was part of a BMGF grant to Stockholm Environment Institute.

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Public Finance for WASH initiative launched

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Today sees the launch of Public Finance for WASH, a research and advocacy initiative aiming to increase awareness of domestic public finance and its critical importance for water and sanitation provision in low-income countries. Check out our website www.publicfinanceforwash.com.

This is a collaborative initiative between IRC, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), and Trémolet Consulting. A key aim is to offer easy-to-read but rigorous information about domestic public finance solutions: our first three Finance Briefs are now available for download from our website, and over the coming year we will be building a comprehensive resource library.

And just to make sure we’re on the same page: what exactly is domestic public finance? Essentially, it’s money derived from domestic taxes, raised nationally (e.g. by the Kenyan government) or locally (e.g. by Nairobi’s municipal government). This money is going to be critical for achieving the water and sanitation SDGs: so how can we all work together to ensure that what we’re doing is supporting (not inhibiting) the development of effective public finance systems? And how can public finance be spent in ways that catalyse the development of dynamic markets for water and sanitation services?

To find out more, please check out the website. If you’d like to become involved in any way, get in touch!