Sanitation

It's a Sh*tty Situation

Caitlin Gruer | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Caitlin Gruer

Everyone poops. This is a well-known fact--there is even a children's book about it. But did you also know that poop is (literally) everywhere? In ...

Why We Need More Innovation in Sanitation

Jim McHale | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Jim McHale

This World Toilet Day, it's time for new solutions to tackle and old problem. Bill Gates once said that there are not enough smart people working in ...

Global Citizen Festival 2016

Martin Forsyth | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Martin Forsyth

Having only been a member of the Global Citizen team for a little over two weeks, I felt incredibly fortunate - and just a little awed - to play a small part in last week's phenomenal Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park.

The six reasons we need to push on with water and sanitation for all

Barbara Frost | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

It's hard to believe that already a year has elapsed since the UN agreed a set of new global promises to leave a safer, healthier, cleaner and more pr...

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

The Rubik's Cube Of The UN Global Goals

Margaret Batty | Posted 29.08.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

One year on from the adoption of the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals, they look something akin to a Rubik's Cube. The 17 Goals, and 169 targets within those, applicable to 193 countries, are a colourful and immensely challenging combination puzzle. One cannot be solved without the others; they are inter-dependent.

Understanding the Power of Toilets in Rural Angola

Edson Monteiro | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Edson Monteiro

I recently returned from a trip to visit rural villages in Angola to look at the impact that Unicef's sanitation partnership with Andrex is having on children and families there. It's incredible to think that seven out of ten people living in rural Angola do not have a clean, safe toilet to use. This has a huge impact on the health of Angola's children and one of the reasons the country has the highest rate of child mortality in the world.

How the Private Sector Can Help Us Reach Everyone, Everywhere With Clean Water

Barbara Frost | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

Water is a vital resource, and access a basic human right. By working together, we can create bigger impact and empower local communities affected by water scarcity and poor sanitation, in order to reach everyone, everywhere by 2030.

Scouts Unite Globally to Challenge Menstrual Taboos

Becky Alexander | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Alexander

Scouts in Madagascar are delivering menstrual hygiene education and helping dispel the mystery and myths that surround periods. They also campaign for clean water and toilets for all. This is a huge issue. More than one billion women have no access to a private toilet, making it difficult to manage their periods hygienically.

We Won't End Malnutrition Without Clean Water and Toilets

Barbara Frost | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

A key message of the Global Nutrition Report is that ending malnutrition is a political choice that is achievable, but only with an increase in effective funding and infrastructure and much more efficient coordination across relevant sectors. This is true for malnutrition, for access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and for eradicating extreme poverty.

A Moment to Celebrate Progress on Water and Sanitation

Margaret Batty | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Margaret Batty

Amid all the recent headlines around the UK's overseas aid, there was one very positive one last week: evidence of tens of millions of lives transformed.

A Million Hands: Uniting Young People Worldwide to Get Clean Water for All

Jack Abrey | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Abrey

Taps and toilets, things we so easily take for granted, really do transform lives. I'm so proud that Scouts in the UK have chosen to take action on this important issue. In just one week, we learned so much about how we can join together with our Scout family in Madagascar, and across the world, to help get clean water and toilets for everyone, everywhere.

Why the Climate Promises of Paris Depend on Water

Margaret Batty | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

We need to get different sectors talking. Climate change and water are intertwined and we need to speak each other's language when it comes to planning and funding adaptation efforts. We can no longer have countries develop water policies that don't include climate risks, nor can climate planners operate without consulting key water ministries.

Why the Poor Pay Most for Life's Most Basic Essential

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

Since we marked the first UN-declared World Water Day in 1993, the world has made incredible progress. Yet there remain more than 650million people in the world without access to clean water, who are faced with a daily struggle involving long dangerous walks or expensive black-market vendors, just to get water that is likely neither clean nor safe to drink.

World Water Day

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

The Cycle of Water The 22nd March is World Water Day and we are clear - we need the privileged world to wake up to the droughts and floods that crippl...

Walking for Water in India

Cerys Matthews | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Cerys Matthews

Today is World Water Day and this morning over 650million people around the world woke up with no clean water. That's one in ten people. Forced to drink, cook and wash with dirty water, people are at risk of getting sick and missing vital days of work and education, trapped in a cycle of poverty. Last month WaterAid invited me to travel to India with my 12-year-old daughter Glenys to see the situation for myself. I visited Sanabenakudi, a remote village in east India, to understand what everyday life is like for people living without access to safe water...

A Girl's Right to Education Includes Water and Sanitation

Barbara Frost | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

If we are to celebrate all that women have achieved, surely this basic right, essential for health and dignity, which has held so many women and girls back from their full potential cannot go ignored.

Water on the Agenda at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

As the world's decision-makers congregate in Davos this week, one of the most pressing issues will be also one of the most fundamental: Water.

Could a Poo Transplant Cure You?

Dr Robynne Chutkan | Posted 17.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Robynne Chutkan

We spend a lot of time making sure we're clean - scrubbing ourselves with harsh soaps, sanitizing our hands and environment with chemicals, and eliminating any trace of dirt from our homes and lives - but could our squeaky clean lifestyles be causing more harm than good?

From Paris to the Peanut Crop - Why the Climate Deal Must Not Forsake the World's Poorest

Barbara Frost | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

The future of the UN's new Global Goals and the promises to end extreme poverty, the health and well-being of those who are most vulnerable, and even the fate of peanut crops like Diallo's are all at stake as these world leaders return home to consider the promises made. What is needed next is action to ensure finance for adaptation goes where it's most needed, and that the poorest and most vulnerable are given priority.

Tackling India's Sanitation Crisis

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*An urban planner by learning and alumnus of Cambridge University, MS Raghavendra [2002 - PhD in Architecture] teaches at Administrative Staff College...

Making Potties Pretty - World Toilet Day

Miriam Brown | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK
Miriam Brown

I wrote the article below two years ago, when 'World Toilet Day' was in its infancy. Now, two years on, it is still as relevant as ever... 'How many ...

This Is Why You Should Give A Crap About World Toilet Day

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

More than 2.3 billion people in the world do not have access to a safe, private toilet. The unsanitary abodes that replace them are often outdoors...

World Toilet Day - More Important Than It Sounds

Cohan Chew | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Cohan Chew

At first glance, World Toilet Day sounds like something pushed out by a group of silly children. However, World Toilet Day's significance is detriment...

Malawi Floods: How Clean Water Has Transformed the Lives of Those Who Had Everything Washed Away

Sanjay Singh | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK
Sanjay Singh

While scars from the floods remain, the communities are becoming stronger than ever before with the help of clean water and improved sanitation facilities, keeping them healthy and uniting them in a common purpose to rebuild their lives. I leave with a firm image in my mind that everyday makes me smile - a water pump. Such a simple thing really can transform lives.