Category Archives: Web sites

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!

My toilet: global stories from women and girls

You are invited to view an exciting new exhibition by WSUP, launched to mark World Toilet Day.

My Toilet documents women and girls and their toilets to build a visual representation of the day to day reality and the effect this has on their lives, both positive and negative.

Keyla, 4, by her toilet in Bolivar, Ecuador. Photography Karla Gachet. Panos Pictures for WSUP.

Keyla, 4, by her toilet in Bolivar, Ecuador. Photo: Karla Gachet, Panos Pictures for WSUP.

The images and stories show that, although the type of toilet changes from country to country, the impacts have recurring themes. Having can mean a better chance of education, employment, dignity, safety, status and more. Wherever you are in the world, a toilet equals far more than just a toilet.

Get involved on social media!
Help spread this message by sharing a picture of yourself holding up a sign with the hashtag #ToiletEquals followed by a word, or a few words, to describe what having a toilet equals for you and for millions of others around the world. All the tweets and pictures will be shown on the My Toilet website.

Visit the exhibition!
Images from 20 countries, spanning every continent, will be exhibited at The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London SW1Y 4UY. The gallery is open to the public from 17 – 22 November 2014, 10am – 5pm daily. Entry is free. We hope to see you there!

IRC launches reference guide on non-sewered sanitation

Photo: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

Photo: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

Sanitation experts at IRC have compiled the first version of a reference guide on low-cost sanitation for non-sewered service models, SanPack for short.  Dr Christine Sijbesma and Joep Verhagen have collected materials that cover services for all stages of the sanitation life cycle, from preparation activities to the emptying, recycling and productive use of toilet contents. Per stage you can find a short intro text and links that lead you to relevant documents on a specific topic.

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Akvopedia Sustainability Portal launched

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Akvopedia has launched a new water and sanitation portal on sustainability. Developed by Akvo in collaboration with IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, the portal provides simple outlines of sustainability frameworks, such as the IRC’s Triple-S framework, as well as the FIETS approach, which was developed by the Dutch WASH Alliance and takes into account five key areas of sustainability – financial, institutional, environmental, technical and social. These key areas have been chosen as the five pillars of the portal’s main page.

Web sitewww.akvopedia.org/wiki/Sustainability_Portal