Solving the global water crisis

January 1, 2016 marks the official roll out of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , these 17 Global Goals seek to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. Here at Water For People we are ready to be part of the solution.


Global Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Our work to ensure that everyone has lasting access to safe water and sanitation aligns perfectly with SDG 6. From our commitment to monitoring and sustainable infrastructure, to our partnerships on the ground and in the WASH sector we are eager to see what the next 15 years bring.

Monitoring Framework

Moving toward the 2016 Sustainable Development Goals, we have changed the way we monitor.

Stay tuned for updates around our work and see how it all starts with water.

Developing Markets for Sanitation

Sanitation Marketing was originally conceived as a more sustainable and scalable approach to sanitation around 2004. It has now evolved beyond a concept and a number of organizations have built up a base of knowledge and experience through implementation. iDE, PSI, and Water for People are three such organization who met in Patna, India in June 2015 under the Building Demand for Sanitation Knowledge Management (BDSKM) program to discuss their experiences and to develop a joint understanding of the process.

Humanure—Unraveling the Mystery

The recycling and recapturing of nutrients from our own human waste has long been seen by some as a most sensible, if not the only, way we should be treating our excreta. There have been a lot of claims and counter claims about the value of human waste, or humanure, and its safety and it can be difficult to see through the haze. This report tries to demystify the market value and safety of humanure and provide good reference material.

Membrane-based Sanitation Technologies: An Innovation Worth Getting Excited About

Steve Sugden explores our latest sanitation breakthroughs and innovation coming out of our work in India with PSI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Agenda For Change

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services (WASH) by 2030 is an incredible feat, one that requires a collective understanding of the problem and its solutions.

Microfinance as a Potential Catalyst for Improved Sanitation

Sanitation microfinance has the potential to sustainably improve sanitation access in developing countries. Due to resource limitations, subsidy-based sanitation programs are typically unable to provide desirable sanitation products. This, among other factors, has frequently resulted in abandoned infrastructure and ineffective investment. Microfinance provides the possibility for middle- and lower-income households to invest in a desirable sanitation product that meets their long-term needs and preferences through market-based structures.

Strengthening Public-Sector-Enabling Environments to Support Sanitation Enterprises

Water For People is implementing sanitation business approaches and seeks to discover the conditions that make these more likely to succeed. Public sector influence is one condition that has the potential to facilitate or hinder any private-sector-driven sanitation program. This study aims to understand how the public sector enabling environment be enhanced and how NGOs can effectively engage the public sector to support sanitation businesses.

Rural FSM Development in West Bengal

This paper studies the challenges of improving faecal sludge management (FSM) in West Bengal in India, and is likely to be applicable to other parts of India with a high water table. The pit contents are mainly water and the methods of emptying and disposal hazardous to the operators, public health and the environment.

Go #Blue4Water on World Water Day

At Water For People, we know that SDG 6 is attainable, but only if we work together to raise awareness around the water crisis and how we can end it.

This World Water Day, we’re excited to team up with the Millennium Water Alliance to go #Blue4Water.

From IRC: Everyone Reached, Financing Remains

The Municipality of Chinda in Honduras reached universal coverage with water supply. It now needs to spend up to 11.8 US$/person per year to ensure that coverage will last forever. The good news is that this amount is affordable to the municipality. Moreover, by carrying out good preventive maintenance, this amount may go down.

Landscape Study

The study took place in November 2015 and was aimed at researching how pits are currently emptied, how waste is transported and dispose, and customer attitudes. It involved semi structured interviews to gain insights in to the manual scavenging processes and a 150 household quantitative survey in three higher density rural towns to assess possibilities of improving faecal sludge management.

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