Webinar – Contribution of Community-Led Total Sanitation to Ending Open Defecation: Findings of a Desk Review, December 14, 2017.
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the USAID-funded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) Project held a webinar on the role of community-led total sanitation (CLTS) in helping to end open defecation.
WASHPaLS presented key findings from a desk review assessing the knowledge base on CLTS program performance. The findings and identified evidence gaps will inform the WASHPaLS research agenda for subsequent years of the project.
India is a water stressed nation. Yet it is India’s states that have ultimate authority over many water related issues. Water is a key pillar in these states’ ambitions to improve the quality of life of their citizens and to drive industrial growth.
These states must form innovative partnerships to meet their needs within the context of growing scarcity, increased pollution, and interstate conflict.
The Wadhwani Chair invites you to the first public segment of the Indian States Engagement Forum series to hear from key U.S. stakeholders on their experience in addressing the water challenge across India’s states.
World Toilet Day 2017: Q&A with USAID Sanitation Expert Jesse Shapiro. Global Waters, November 15, 2017.
Jesse Shapiro is the Environmental Health Team Lead, Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor, and Sanitation Focal Point at USAID based in the Global Health Bureau.
Jesse Shapiro observes a life-size game of chutes and ladders, which illustrates the perils of poor sanitation and hygiene behaviors, on a field visit to an informal neighborhood in Delhi, India. Photo Credit: USAID
He provides WASH technical support to USAID missions in Africa and South East Asia with a focus on new project development and an increased emphasis on sanitation programming. He has an MS in civil engineering and spent seven years in East Timor and the Marshall Islands working with governments on sanitation.
“Sanitation is one the most basic human needs, and there is no end to its impact on people’s daily lives in preventing disease and preserving dignity.”
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Global Water Strategy to Create a More Water-Secure World
The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development recently published the U.S. government’s Global Water Strategy.
Photo Credit: Bobby Neptune Photography
The Global Water Strategy envisions a water-secure world, where people and nations have the water they need to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient.
To advance the Strategy, the U.S. government will work with partner countries and key stakeholders to achieve four interrelated objectives: 1) increasing access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promoting hygiene; 2) protecting freshwater resources; 3) promoting cooperation on shared waters; and 4) strengthening water governance and financing.
The U.S. government’s efforts will focus on countries and regions where needs and opportunities are greatest and where engagement can best protect our national security interests.
The U.S. Global Water Strategy is required by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014.
For a copy of the U.S. Global Water Strategy and information on priority countries, please visit USAID.gov.
“The ABC of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvement in schools” in India by the the Urban Management Centre is a handbook developed under the Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab (ASAL), a three year action research program.
The program was specially designed to implement innovative solutions to school WASH problems in identified slum settlements of Ahmedabad. ASAL was led by the Urban Management Centre (UMC) in partnership with Government of Gujarat (GoG) and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The handbook is a compilation of the strategies adopted, tools developed and materials used to improve WASH infrastructure in schools. It will be useful for schools as well as NGOs working with schools on water and sanitation. It can be used by any authority whether national, state or city level as a resource for implementation of programs in school at different scales. The handbook can also be used as a reference for policy or decision making as well as elaboration of programs.
Download the publication “The ABC of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvement in schools“, September 2017, 54 p.
See the full list of reports, tools, manuals and videos of the Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab (ASAL) programme.
State of Urban Water and Sanitation in India. USAID, October 2017.
The State of Urban Water and Sanitation in India report emerges from a three-year (2014-2017) collaborative program funded by the USAID and undertaken by TERI University, Coca-Cola and TERI on ‘Strengthening Water and Sanitation in Urban Settings of India’ and encapsulates the journey India has undertaken in the urban water and sanitation sector.
The report aims to be a comprehensive collection and analysis of past and current policies and programmes and provides insights into the reasons for several gaps that become apparent when the sector is viewed holistically.
- Executive Summary
- Chapter One: Introduction
Section A – Policies
- Chapter Two: Assessment of National-level Policies and Programmes in India’s Urban Water and Sanitation Sectors
- Chapter Three: Regional Assessment of Urban Water and Sanitation Policies and Programmes
Section B – Progress
- Chapter Four: Living Without Sanitation Choices in Urban Slums
- Chapter Five: Analysis of City-level Sanitation Scenario
- Chapter Six: Three Years of Urban Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Mission
- Chapter Seven: The Sanitation Value Chain: Missing Links and the Way Forward for Urban India
Section C – Possible Solutions
- Chapter Eight: The Need of the Hour: Leveraging Corporate Engagement for Urban Sanitation
- Chapter Nine: Drinking Water Supply for Urban Poor: Role of Urban Small Water Enterprises
- Chapter Ten: Financing Options for Urban Sanitation in India
- Chapter Eleven: Recommendations
What’s New on Globalwaters.org? Stockholm Recap and More. Global Waters, September 25, 2017.
USAID and its water sector partners spent the last week of August with other experts, practitioners, and policymakers at World Water Week in Stockholm. This year the Stockholm International Water Institute agenda focused on reducing and reusing water and waste in recognition of the vital roles that water use efficiency, wastewater treatment, conservation, and water recycling play in bolstering water security throughout the world.
Tapping capital markets to finance WASH investments. Photo Credit: Stockholm International Water Institute
In addition to presenting at eight different events on topics ranging from sewer connectivity and fecal sludge management in the Latin America and Caribbean region to building Africa’s leadership in sanitation, Agency representatives and partners took the time to observe, discuss, and provide highlights of their sessions and impressions of others. USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Global Water Coordinator James Peters was on hand to provide opening remarks at five of those USAID sessions.
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