Sanitation

Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

Barbara Frost | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world. Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced to do this every day simply because they do not have access to a toilet. This crisis risks women's health, and threatens their safety. The new Indian government was moved to act following the tragedy of the two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, pledging zero tolerance for acts of violence against women. Their statement is welcome. However, protecting women from harassment and attack will not happen overnight.

The Girls On the Bus: The Road Ahead

Emily Graham | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

"When I have a family it will be totally different. I hope we will be able even to wash and do our laundry here at home. And when we will have the water point up here, that old water point can be used for the rice field, it would be good for tomato and onion growing, so there would be more food."

The Girls on the Bus: Ze's Story

Emily Graham | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

This month, you might see two young girls pictured on the side of London's buses, each hauling a jerry can of water that is more than half their weight. Some 748 million people around the world do not have access to safe water. That is one person in 10. It is nearly always up to girls and women to hike treacherous, winding paths to fetch water for their families, and carry that heavy burden home again.

'If Obama Had a Dry Toilet...' - Building a Toilet for the 21st Century

Dr Kat Arney | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Kat Arney

Around the world 2.5 billion people have no access to a toilet, and 1,400 children die every single day as a result of unhygienic sanitation. These figures are as outrageous as they are shocking. But nobody wants to talk about it, because - well - it's just not very nice, is it?

Remember Those Without Taps and Toilets

Catarina de Albuquerque | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Catarina de Albuquerque

The rows upon rows of tents and caravans in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp represent one of the world's most complicated challenges when it comes to water and sanitation.

Getting Aid Where It's Needed Most

Fleur Anderson | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Fleur Anderson

WaterAid is calling on governments to double the amount of aid going to water and sanitation. But whatever is spent, it should be targeted at those communities that need it the most, where it can do the most good for the most people.

Is Aid Really Making the World Fairer?

Barbara Frost | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

You may be surprised to learn that over the past decade, a third of the money pledged by aid donors for water and sanitation has failed to be delivered. That's US$27.6 billion out of the US$81.2 billion committed since 2002. This is a staggering amount of money. It could have helped hundreds of millions of people gain access to water and sanitation.

Inspiring Change for Women With Water and Toilets

Shamila Jansz | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Shamila Jansz

On this International Women's Day, we are talking about inspiring change. We are looking to challenge the status quo, and that includes the ability to get to a toilet.

Why a Lack of Toilets Is Costing the Earth

Girish Menon | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Girish Menon

Fourteen years ago, the UN set its Millennium Development Goals to cut in half the proportion of people without safe water and improved sanitation. Progress on the sanitation target has been incredibly, unacceptably slow.

A Community Approach to Sanitation: World Toilet Day

Marie Staunton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Marie Staunton

Now people are using indoor lavatories, teachers at the local school report no cases of diarrhoea among their pupils and on November 19th, World Toilet Day, Endashangwet will receive an award for being the first village in the area to be free from open defecation.

'Green Growth' Is Key, New Development Paradigm for Developing Countries

Julian Hunt | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Julian Hunt

Following a recent meeting between Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao and Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, the ADB has pledged its support for green and inclusive growth in China with a major new investment...

Why Have the Millenium Development Goals Performed So Well on Safe Drinking Water but So Poorly on Sanitation?

Alastair Roderick | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK
Alastair Roderick

As the 2015 end-date of the MDGS draws near, a puzzle remains: why has the target on clean water been surpassed, while progress on sanitation has been so poor? Surely water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) go together? This question goes to the heart of the MDG worldview, and the problem of measuring development generally.

Shit Matters: Improving Access to Water Is Key to Child Survival

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Sabrina de Souza

Thursday morning 7.00am Alarm goes off... snooze 7.18am Alarm goes off for the second time... probably time to get up 7.20am Use toilet 7.21am Fl...

Why Half a Centimetre Matters

Jim Dobbin | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jim Dobbin

A new study this week shows that better access to clean water and adequate hygiene practices in developing countries can help reduce the effects of poor height growth in children, or stunting, caused by poor nutrition.

What Has Aid Ever Done for Growth?

Girish Menon | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK
Girish Menon

As part of this debate, WaterAid is calling for everyone, everywhere to have access to water and sanitation by 2030. We are delighted to see that there is a growing consensus that these basic essential life saving services are crucial for lifting people out of poverty.

Sanitation and Water for All: Not a Pipe Dream

Lord McColl | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Lord McColl

It's hard for us to imagine life without the humble loo. It's a basic necessity; a UN-recognised human right. However, for an overwhelming two thirds of the population in South Asia, a loo is a luxury that's out of reach.

Why Monrovia Matters

Stephen O'Brien | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Stephen O'Brien

This week, David Cameron sets off to Liberia's capital, Monrovia, for influential UN talks on what should replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. The cynics would say this is another talking shop, an opportunity for the great and the good to come together and pontificate on poverty. I am not one of them.

Why You Won't Follow In Ancestors' Footsteps

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Ever wondered how more years you've got on the clock? Well, unlike your ancestors, there are many diseases and health problems with which you simply w...

Sustaining the Progress: Managing Lasting Water Facilities in Ethiopia

Girish Menon | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK
Girish Menon

Sustainability is achievable, as demonstrated during a recent trip to WaterAid programmes in drought-prone Konso, Ethiopia, where there are some exciting and innovative projects in place that are making real progress in overcoming the challenges in ensuring a lasting access to clean water.

1 in 3 Women Living With Discomfort, Indignity and Fear for Want of a Toilet

Baroness Jenkin | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Baroness Jenkin

Across the world, 1 in 3 women risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. That's 1.25 billion women - daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers. Facing each day without access to this basic necessity is not just an inconvenience; it impacts on all aspects of life, and it is women and girls who suffer the most. Having nowhere safe to go to the toilet also means an increased risk of shame, harassment and even violence for women and girls when they are forced to go out in search of a private place to go to the toilet.

Where Hunger and Thirst Meet

Barbara Frost | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Politics
Barbara Frost

The key theme at this year's Stockholm World Water Week is water and food security: how do we meet the ever developing needs of a growing population with an increasing demand for resources?

A Living Legacy: What London's History Is Teaching Us About Tackling Cholera In Mozambique

Girish Menon | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Politics
Girish Menon

Cholera is a word that fills the world's poorest people with dread, but if asked, the average person in the west would probably know little apart from what is gleaned from foreign correspondents reporting from hellish refugee camps.

Delivering Water Babies

Barbara Frost | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Barbara Frost

This understanding that wider determinates of poverty have a big impact on the risks of mothers dying in childbirth is reinforced by evidence, not only from our own programmes but from scientific studies.

Boring Food and Lots of Water on Day Two of Living Below the Line

Gemma Tumelty | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Tumelty

I am realising that I did not plan this very well. I think I should have enough food to get me through the week as long as I top it up with my remaining 51p, but I definitely do not have enough variety or fruit and vegetables.

The Costs of Conflict

Barbara Frost | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Politics
Barbara Frost

Rwanda, which suffered a brutal genocide in 1994, is the only Sub-Saharan African country on track with its Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of people lacking in water and sanitation services by 2015.