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20 Aug 2014 description

Capacity Self Assessments help organisations achieve their goals

Carmen da Silva Wells

Improving the performance of the WASH sector to achieve services for life requires change within organisations and sector institutions. Such change cannot be achieved with standardised one-off training for individual staff. A short paper describes our experience in Indonesia with Capacity Self-Assessments, a tool to catalyse a participatory process towards continually improving organisational performance.

30 Apr 2014 description

At IRC, we believe that turning on a working tap should not be a surprise or cause for celebration.
We believe in a world where water, sanitation and hygiene are fundamental services that everyone is able to take for granted. For good.

30 Apr 2014 description


The implementation of sanitation and hygiene programmes, let alone the setup of effective rural sanitation services in West-Africa are facing tremendous challenges, as low coverage rates clearly indicate.

20 Feb 2014 description
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Conference report

he first Unclogging the Blockages conference took place in Kampala, Uganda from Feb 18-20, 2014 with the aim of putting on the table some of the major challenges facing the scale up of sustainable sanitation as well as in in collaborating towards innovative solutions. The conference gathered a diverse array of over 150 individuals both from within and outside the sanitation sector, including those working on business approaches, finance, health, demand creation, and technology development.

30 Dec 2011 description


Aid effectiveness is about improving the quality of aid and its impact on development and as such on the socio‐economic, political and environmental living conditions of people and their well‐being.
The purpose of this Thematic Overview Paper (TOP) is to present the latest thinking on aid effectiveness in the water and sanitation sector and the context in which this has taken place.

17 Jul 2011 description



The objective of this compilation is to strengthen the capacity of organisations to design and deliver effective hygiene promotion programs leading to the improved health of communities.

20 Mar 2011 description


WASH in schools is globally recognised as a key intervention to promote children's right to health and clean environment and to influence a generational change in health promotion behaviour and attitudes.

31 Aug 2010 description

The first section of this paper outlines the scope and purpose of this Working Paper. Section two reviews sanitation levels in current use and proposes indicators of a sustainable sanitation service as a basis for the WASHCost sanitation levels. Section three presents sanitation service level norms and criteria in WASHCost countries. Section four sets out the proposed WASHCost sanitation service levels.

01 Jul 2009 description

The holy city of Benares in India, or Varanasi, is known for its Ghats, the sites where the River
Ganges purifies the bodies of the live bathers and the ashes of the cremated dead. Close to them is
the huge square mouth of the city sewerage system, which disgorges its load of blackwater into the
river, irrespective of its religious functions. This combination of spiritual purity and environmental
reality is not unique to India: in many countries the same water sources used for religious functions

01 Dec 2008 description

This Thematic Overview Paper (TOP) explores current thinking about conflict management in the water and sanitation sector and is meant for individuals who want to understand more about the way to analyse, understand and help to manage conflicts. It reviews different options for conflict management, putting special emphasis on mediation to encourage dialogue and shared action to resolve many water supply and sanitation conflicts.

30 Jun 2008 description

Nowhere in the world are there larger numbers of people in need of adequate sanitation and hygiene services than in Asia. In South Asia alone, almost 1 billion people do not have access to safe, improved sanitation. Political awareness of the enormity of the problem is growing, as is the recognition of the direct links between sanitation and hygiene on the one hand, and development and poverty reduction on the other.

31 Mar 2008 description

A mapping exercise was conducted to obtain an overview of how European Union Member States are allocating current and future official development assistance (ODA) to Africa among the following components: water supply and sanitation & hygiene (WASH) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

29 Feb 2008 description

The increasing impact of natural disasters on communities, cities, and regions in the last 10 years has received special attention from multilateral agencies. They have concluded that the same factors which cause many countries to remain underdeveloped also contribute to an even greater vulnerability when faced with disasters. Overcoming this situation implies changing the traditional approach of reacting to major emergencies that result from disasters to a more integrated and preventive approach.

01 Dec 2007 description

As cities expand, a key challenge is securing water supplies for urban populations and disposing of pollution while minimising impacts on peri-urban communities and the environment. The pressures of urban growth combined with the institutional and policy vacuum associated with management of natural resources in peri-urban areas ultimately often leads to competition, contestation and conflicts over water.