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.
Fizzy drinks, fruit juice, energy drinks, flavoured lattes, or plain old sugary tea and coffee; drink these regularly and don't be too surprised if you are carrying excess weight. Looking for a painless way to shrink your muffin top? Ditch the liquid calories and start drinking zero energy water (that's the stuff that comes free out of the tap).
If you have any doubt as to why we think the UK's Department for International Development should prioritise disability, look no further than the situation of Esther Cheelo. Blind, elderly and with difficulty walking, Esther has for years relied upon a child to walk her into the scrubland near her home in Zambia to find a place to relieve herself, a humiliating and sometimes dangerous experience...
Cutting the cost of household bills is big news - but Government moves to get water and energy companies to control price rises risks creating an illusion that we live in a land of plenty and limitless supply. We don't. Controlling the inexorably rising utility bills that plague households requires a longer term, more sustainable approach. In short, it needs us to learn how to use less.
Nick's reputation precedes him and every village brought demands for autographs and games of cricket. Over the four days we played numerous spontaneous games in the dusty lanes, on scrubs of land or taking over local school playgrounds, surrounded on every side by excited children, lining up to take their turn to bowl at the master batsman.
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.