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.
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.
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. 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.
Building Demand for Sanitation Knowledge Management
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.
Maximizing Economic and Social Welfare Through Localized Integrated Water Resource Management
Since 2012, Water For People has partnered with Strathclyde University to implement an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach in the Traditional Authority Chapananga in Chikwawa, Malawi. The goal was to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner, without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.
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.
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.
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.
A Suite of Tools to Support a Systems-Based Approach to Sustainable Management of Water Service Delivery
Sustainable Development Goal #6 (SDG6) sets ambitious targets for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water for all, which can only be achieved if the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector expands its approach from one focused at reaching universal coverage to one that ensures sustainability. Water For People includes in our programmatic approach a comprehensive view of sustainability. This paper presents a suite of tools that we use to plan and monitor the various elements of sustainability of service delivery. The tools support a holistic, clear understanding of functionality and service levels, financial viability, and water resources management.
Cobertura Total Para Siempre en América Latina: Cambio Sistémico en Perú
A nivel de América Latina, el modelo para gestión de los servicios de agua potable en zonas rurales es gestión comunitaria. Personalmente conozco a muchos miembros de comités comunales de agua en la región que trabajan muy bien, y siempre de forma voluntaria. Pero a escala, la gestión comunitaria presenta enormes desafíos respecto a la sostenibilidad de los servicios de agua potable. En áreas rurales de la región, los líderes comunitarios en muchos casos nunca han recibido educación formal sobre la gestión, administración, y finanzas, mucho menos en operación y mantenimiento de sistemas de agua potable, que a veces incluyen decenas de kilómetros de tubería, válvulas, tanques y otros componentes técnicos.
Faecal Sludge Management Practices and the Development of Commercial Viable Pit Emptying Business in Small Towns in West Bengal
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.
Rural Faecal Sludge Management 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.
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.
Lessons, Doubts and Experience of Mapping Rural Water Supply Systems In Malawi
In the last 20 years or so, as mobile technology evolved and big data became more accessible than ever, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has grown in prominence as a distinct discipline (Nhlema,2014). This paper will share Water For People’s 6 years’ worth of experience, successes, lessons and doubts around using the monitoring application, AkvoFLOW, to collect over 40000 lines of WASH data since 2010 in Malawi.
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.
In Search of Balance: Affordable and Sustainable Tariffs
The community of El Candungo in San Antonio de Cortes, Honduras, had a fixed monthly tariff for each family of 30 Lempiras(HNL) (USD 1.30) for 2015. This was insufficient to cover the operating and maintenance costs needed for its new drinking water system.
There are many communities like Candungo looking to establish a tariff which allows them to have services provided in a sustainable way. But it is also important to balance considerations of affordability. This blog analyzes whether the current tariffs achieve a good balance between sustainability and affordability.