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Toilet Humor for Social Good

Matthew Bishop | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Matthew Bishop

With today being World Toilet Day, what better moment to applaud Mr. Sim's tremendous achievements in pushing hygenic toilets for the world's poor to the top of the global agenda?

World Toilet Day November 19th

Gary White | Posted 11.15.2012 | Impact
Gary White

How much do you know about the water and sanitation crisis? Take a short quiz with Matt Damon, co-founder of, to find out.

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

David Winder | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
David Winder

Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education. These, in turn, are reliant on access to safe water and sanitation.

Washing Up - and Saving Lives by the Millions

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 12.15.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

At the start of the new millennium, world leaders promised to cut by half the proportion of people without decent sanitation, and to reduce child mortality by two thirds, all by 2015. We're determined to help the world keep its promises.

The No. 1 Lesson From World Water Week

John Sauer | Posted 10.31.2012 | Impact
John Sauer

This week, the international water sector has come together for the annual World Water Week conference in Stockholm. World Water Week has been the an...

WATCH: A Solar-Powered Toilet?!

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.07.2013 | Los Angeles

Would you be surprised to hear that some of the smartest scientists in the country are working on developing a new toilet? Well it's about time. "N...

Why Bill Gates Has His Mind In The Toilet

Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology

You might not want to pack a picnic lunch for this summer event. Researchers from China, Switzerland, Britain, the Netherlands, Canada and Californ...

Female Entrepreneurs Get Sh*t Done

Lindsay Stradley | Posted 10.12.2012 | Business
Lindsay Stradley

The business not only created a corrupt life in which cops had to be bribed and her children often went hungry, but a dangerous one; some customers assume that since Agnes sold the liquor that she was also a prostitute.

One Step Closer to a World Where the Poor Have Safe Water

David Winder | Posted 09.10.2012 | Impact
David Winder

Lack of access to clean water and improved sanitation stops children from going to school, keeps women out of work, and contributes to the two leading killers of children under the age of five years old worldwide -- pneumonia and diarrhea.

Transforming Women's Water Burdens Into Economic Opportunities

Gemma Bulos | Posted 04.19.2012 | Impact
Gemma Bulos

Around the globe, the containers, the clothes and the scenery may be different, but the experience is the same. Women carry the weight of water on their backs, literally and figuratively, cultivating a gender divide that ripples into deeper socio-economic inequities.

The Public Restroom Survival Guide

Uloop | Posted 01.07.2013 | College

We all have our strategies for guarding ourselves against the atrocities of the public restroom. Whatever your methods, there's really no way to win, but there are a few helpful things to know when you're stuck on campus and nature calls.

Water and Sanitation for the World: Not a Pipe Dream

Jan Eliasson | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Jan Eliasson

Unfortunately, 783 million people -- 11 percent of the global population -- still have no access to clean water. For context, that is more than two and a half times the population of the United States.

Every 20 Seconds: The Importance of World Water Day

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Today, on World Water Day, I'm asking you to join me in raising awareness and help to break the poverty cycle for women and children whose days are otherwise filled by collecting dirty water, not going to school or successfully earning an income.

A Call To Faith On World Water Day

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.22.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Because water is so central to many faiths, it offers both a starting point for action and a point of engagement between the faith-inspired and secular development communities. Water has a special potential.

Few Celebrating MDG Success in Water

Ned Breslin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Ned Breslin

Access means that there is a tap nearby that people could use. Functionality means that water actually flows from that tap. Far too often the tap does not produce water, so it is therefore not effective at what the Millennium Development Goal is really trying to do -- eradicate water poverty.

Another Reason Not To Take Your Tampons For Granted

allAfrica | Posted 02.16.2012 | Women

Sixteen-year-old Tinashe Magaya's parents struggle to feed their offspring and for things like sanitary pads and tampons are luxuries she can not dare...

Super Bowl Sanitation: "Washed Up" Giants Outpoint Docs

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 03.31.2012 | New York
Michael L. Millenson

Is the New York Giants' bathroom more sanitary than your hospital room? Could be. And that player cleanliness may even have helped send the team to the Super Bowl.

Sanitation in Ghana: A Disaster or a Challenge?

Karen Curley | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Karen Curley

Accra is the capital of Ghana and is a modern city, yet there is garbage all over. There are many reasons for this.

Coming Together for Water for the World

Jan Eliasson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Impact
Jan Eliasson

The best intentioned development efforts fail if the basic necessity of clean water and sanitation is not met.

Safe Drinking Water: Giving Life, Health, and Hope

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

As America prepares for the holiday season, I hope that Congress will give a gift of life, health and hope by helping people around the world with something that most Americans take for granted: safe drinking water.

A Smart Investment

Jan Eliasson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Jan Eliasson

Water and sanitation is a smart, lifesaving investment. It does not just save lives. It also offers an outstanding economic return to countries and people in Africa and Asia.

WATCH: Matt Damon Talks Sh*t For Global Sanitation Awareness

Posted 11.15.2011 | Impact

Though you may not have marked it on your calendars, World Toilet Day is coming up this Saturday. And Matt Damon has something explicit to say about i...

Saki Knafo

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Clean Zuccotti Park In Preparation For Evacuation | Saki Knafo | Posted 12.13.2011 | New York

On Thursday evening, a couple dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park grabbed brooms and buckets and set about sweeping up the site. For ...

Water and Sanitation Are Key to Fighting Urban Poverty

Jan Eliasson | Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact
Jan Eliasson

We know that the slums will keep on growing. But we also know that we have the opportunity to avoid condemning millions to chronic poverty. We need to act now.

Joining Up for Women's and Children's Health

Jan Eliasson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Eliasson

If we are to bring about the drop in mother and child mortality rates that we all wish for, integrated approaches to health and development that cut across artificial institutional barriers are the right way forward.