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Can We Finance Sustainable Development?

Chris W. Williams | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

As more countries have attained middle-income status, inequality has soared. The wealthiest individuals have become wealthier while growth-with-equity remains a distant prospect.

Funky Sink Gets Kids In Cambodia To Wash Up, Could Save Thousands Of Young Lives

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact

Children in Cambodia won't have a problem keeping their hands clean thanks to this frog-themed hand-washing device. Cambodia has the lowest access ...

One-Third Of World Doesn't Have A Toilet. Here's What It Will Take To Change That.

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no acce...

How a Global Corporation Is Quietly Changing the World

Skoll Foundation | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Many would recognize the brands belonging to the 120-year-old company, like Dove, Popsicle or Vim, but few know the name Unilever and most have no idea of its incredibly bold -- some would even say radical -- approach to business.

Building Toilets in Rural India? There's an App for That.

Maranda Bodas | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Maranda Bodas

Humans love options, and having a preference is in our nature. So why wouldn't it be the same when it comes to faucets and toilets? In our work across nine countries around the world providing access to safe water and sanitation, our team at Water For People knows that innovation is key and one solution does not fit all.

Where Do We Go From Here? WASH In The SDGs

Hanna Woodburn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Hanna Woodburn

The ripple effect of WASH cannot be overstated and it cannot be overlooked. As September approaches, the clock is ticking down not only to the MDG deadline, but also to the opportunity to ensure that the SDGs set us up to make as big of an impact on poverty reduction as possible.

Showers and Toilet on Wheels Give Homeless a Clean Slate

NationSwell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumbled upon a bus offering free showers and a toilet, he couldn't resist.

Promoting WASH Through Traditional Leaders And Technology

Anna Winters, PhD | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Anna Winters, PhD

When we first started working in the WASH sector in Zambia, we were using mobile phones and cloud-based data aggregation to engage government workers. We worked through community volunteers and district environmental health technicians. Little did we know, we had only scratched the surface.

Zambia Hits Major Milestone In Push To Stop Open Defecation

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact

Zambia just took one big step forward toward becoming an "open-defecation-free" country. According to the Southern African nation's government, no...

WASH And Environmental Sustainability: The Need For Integrated Objectives

Loan Diep | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Loan Diep

Universal WASH coverage cannot be achieved without considering services in a context of environmental sustainability. The consequences of poor water and sanitation management will only lead to social, economic and political issues further down the line.

Eliminating Diseases By Investing In WASH

Neeraj Mistry, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Neeraj Mistry, M.D.

It is evident that WASH interventions have a multiplier effect and positively impact other health issues and development goals. As the window to achieve the MDGs comes to a close this year and we grow closer to confirming the goals and targets that will shape the next 15 years, we must emphasize the important synergies between WASH and the control and elimination of NTDs.

My Hope for Nepal

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

In the days since the earthquake, through salty tears and a jolt that has nothing to do with an earthquake, I have realized the depth of my attachment to Nepal. Embarking on my global adventures, I failed to realize until now, how large a part of my heart I had left at home.

No Maternal Health Without Clean Water

Katie Millar, MPH, RN | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Katie Millar, MPH, RN

What does the water in your glass have to do with the health of mothers and babies around the globe? Quite a lot actually. Without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation -- like safe toilet facilities -- women face dangerous health risks in pregnancy, during childbirth and in the postpartum period.

Patricia Arquette: My Dream For A More Equal World

Patricia Arquette | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Patricia Arquette

It's time to "bring the nag back." It is time we start nagging and don't stop nagging until we get laws changed and we get equality for women once and for all!

The Fundamental Question About Water

Hope Randall | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Hope Randall

WASH continues to be one of the most practical ways we can fulfill our commitment to the world's children. If everyone had access to safe drinking water, a staggering 90 percent of diarrhea deaths could be prevented.

Toilets: A Simple and Surprising Way to Advance Equality for Girls and Women

Hugh Evans | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Hugh Evans

Getting a toilet into every home could be one of the best ways to promote equality for girls and women. A piece published on BBC India last year, explained that defecating in the open puts women in a dangerous position.

The Basics of Maternal Health: Taking a Stand for Clean Water and Hygiene in Health Facilities

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Schechtman

For women in the world's most economically deprived countries, collecting water is a key part of preparing to give birth -- if they are lucky enough to have a source of water that they can use.

Zambia's Eastern Province Schools Help Girls Stay In School Through WASH

Sergio Ramírez-Mena | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Sergio Ramírez-Mena

In the case of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Mambwe primary school is evidence of the latest paradigm: Improving student achievement in schools and respective literacy tests depends on having a "safe environment" in the school, including water and sanitation.

Breaking the Poo Taboo

Ron James | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Ron James

Open defecation causes significant harm to the environment and consequently, human health. Ninety per cent of sewage in the developing world is dumped, untreated, into lakes, rivers and oceans.

Clean Water: A Simple Way to Increase Opportunity for Women and Girls

Hugh Evans | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Hugh Evans

Taking a shower, boiling some vegetables or just getting a glass of water is as easy as turning on a faucet. But taking care of life's most basic necessities isn't so straightforward for so many around the world.

Bending the Curve and Saving Newborn Lives

Mariam Claeson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

Every once in a while, a major innovation comes along -- one that has the potential to change the lives and health of families all over the world -- especially in remote, hard-to-reach areas.

Looking Local: Addressing Hunger, Poverty And WASH

Dr. John Coonrod | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Dr. John Coonrod

Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?

This Group Gives Refugees Toilets, Then Turns The Waste Into Charcoal For Cooking

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Updated on March, 26 2015 at 9:05 a.m. EST This inventive solution is no load of crap. Across the globe, 1.8 billion people use a drinking water...

WASH And The MDGs: The Ripple Effect

Needa Malik | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Needa Malik

Water is life, and sanitation and hygiene are the basis of health. Yet worldwide, 748 million people don't have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people don't have basic sanitation. Each MDG can be advanced by greater inclusion of proper WASH practices, and there is more work to be done.

These Brilliant Innovations Are Bringing Clean Water To People Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact

A little thinking outside the box can go a long way in helping bring clean H2O to those who need it most. About 89 percent of the globe had access...