In January 2008, a group of 53 South Asian practitioners in a Dhaka workshop organised by IRC, WaterAid and BRAC with support from WSSCC, shared some interesting experiences on conducting rural and urban sanitation and hygiene programmes in their region. While the workshop, entitled ‘Beyond Construction, Use by All’, was a gathering of practitioners, much of what they discussed had far-reaching policy and strategy implications.
For one, the speed of urbanisation coupled with the growing scale of the urban slums accounts for an ever-increasing amount of faeces let loose in the urban environment. A lot of work is ongoing to find the most effective and efficient way of collecting the faeces, but not enough emphasis is placed on the rest of the sanitation chain, i.e. storage, disposal, treatment, etc. In rural areas, the current success of demand-driven approaches requires a stable supply chain and sufficient service providers, but needs a strong system of quality control, to ensure programmes really reach the poorest of the poor. In general, it became clear that too little is known about the actual cost of sanitation and hygiene programmes, when taking into account hardware, software, and so-called project overheads, such as costs for planning, management and staff.
The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), a WSSCC partner, has updated the Evidence Gap Map (EGM) that provides an analysis of 41 systematic reviews and 317 impact evaluation studies in low- and middle-income countries (L&MICs). The analysis is based on the impact of WASH promotional approaches on behaviour change, health and socio-economic outcomes in […]
Click here for information in Arabic, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. India has taken massive strides towards achieving universal safe sanitation. The number of people without access to toilets in rural India has gone down from 550 million in 2014 to less than 150 million today, through an intensive behaviour change campaign, the Swachh […]
Dans les décennies à venir, il y a fort à penser que les plus grands problèmes de ce monde persisteront, tout comme des millions de personnes continueront de se sentir laissées pour compte face aux forces de la mondialisation. Seul un changement rapide et radical pourrait déjouer cette prédiction. Il appartient donc aux États, aux […]
One safe prediction for our world in the next future is that the biggest global problems will not disappear, and millions of people will keep feeling left behind by the forces of globalization unless we take immediate radical action. Governments, civil society organizations, development partners and businesses must increase their joint efforts to achieve the […]