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Beneath the Surface: The State of the World's Water 2019

March 1, 2019

Some 4 billion people in the world live in physically water-scarce areas and 844 million don't have access to clean water close to home.The world's water crisis is getting worse, yet globally we use six times as much water today as we did 100 years ago, driven by population growth and changes in diets and consumer habits.This report reveals the countries where the largest populations live with physical water scarcity, how ballooning consumer demands jeopardise water access for the poorest and most marginalised people, and how making thoughtful choices as consumers can help ensure access to water for basic needs is prioritised – wherever you are in the world.

Female-friendly public and community toilets: a guide for planners and decision makers

October 1, 2018

This guide can help improve understanding of the requirements of women and girls using public and community toilets. It provides guidance on how to address these in city planning and local-level implementation, so that planning, designing, upgrading and management results in female-friendly toilets that are more accessible to users whose requirements have often been ignored, including women, girls, older people and people with disabilities.

Atelier régional sur l’assainissement rural en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre : Note d’apprentissage

October 1, 2018

Le CLTS Knowledge Hub, basé à l'Institute of Development Studies, WaterAid, le WSSCC et l'UNICEF ont co-organisé un atelier régional à Saly, au Sénégal, du 25 au 28 juin 2018, avec l'aide de l'AGETIP. L'événement a réuni les personnes impliquées dans la programmation de l'eau, l'assainissement et l'hygiène (EAH) en milieu rural dans 14 pays de la région (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Gambie, Ghana, Libéria, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Nigéria, République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), Sénégal, Tchad et Togo) aux côtés d'experts travaillant aux niveaux régional et mondial. Durant les quatre jours de l'atelier, les participants ont échangé leurs expériences, leurs innovations, les problèmes rencontrés, les recherches entreprises et ils ont recensé les manques de connaissances et discuter des moyens d'aller de l'avant dans le but d'améliorer les capacités et d'enrichir le savoir.Cette note d'apprentissage présente les problèmes communs identifiés dans la région ; elle résume certaines des discussions qui se sont tenues tout au long de la semaine, met en avant les pratiques prometteuses et considère les actions prioritaires pour aller de l'avant.

West and Central Africa Regional Rural Sanitation Workshop

September 17, 2018

The CLTS Knowledge Hub, based at the Institute of Development Studies, WaterAid, WSSCC and UNICEF co-convened a regional workshop in Saly, Senegal, 25th-28th June 2018 with support from AGETIP. The event brought together those engaged in rural WASH programming from 14 countries across the region (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo) alongside experts working at regional and global levels. Over the course of four days participants shared latest experiences, innovations, challenges and research, mapped knowledge gaps and discussed ways forward with the aim of improving capacity and knowledge.This learning brief presents the common challenges identified across the region, summarises some of the discussions held, highlights some promising practices and considers priority actions moving forward.Headline recommendations from the brief include:Urgently advocate to increase domestic resource allocationCreate specific country-level strategies for reaching the 'last mile'Use of evidence on last mile demographics and practices to encourage inclusionAvoid rigid policies and practices and be less dogmatic about what approaches are usedUse area-wide approachesSystematise post-ODF interventionsIdentify, strengthen and promote local technological solutionsConduct formative research on the 'last mile', sustainable local solutions and long-term behaviour changeStrengthen knowledge management initiatives to better support the region, especially Francophone region.Collect, make publically available and respond to data

Strengthening the Business Case for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – How to Measure Value for Your Business

September 13, 2018

Businesses are crucial in bringing about the step change needed to end the global water crisis. The social, moral and macro-economic case for investing in water, sanitation and hygiene is clear. In order to drive transformational change, we need more companies to leverage their tremendous influence across the supply chain. This new guide will provide the evidence businesses need to scale up action.

Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools in South Asia: Summary Report

June 7, 2018

This report provides a summary of the status of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in schools in South Asia. It describes the context for MHM in schools and recent progress in implementation of MHM services. It identifies progress and gaps in achieving sustainable and inclusive MHM services in schools at scale and draws together opportunities for further promoting and mainstreaming MHM in schools in South Asia.This summary is accompanied by:* Eight country snapshots that provide a brief overview of the status of MHM in schools in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.* A synthesis report on the overall status of MHM in schools in South Asia. The analysis is based on an extensive literature review and key informant interviews with MHM practitioners and advocates in each of the eight South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries and working at the regional or global level.

Transforming health systems: the vital role of water, sanitation and hygiene

May 21, 2018

WaterAid's report Transforming Health Systems: the vital role of water, sanitation and hygiene, argues that governments must act now to better coordinate between ministries and organizations focused on health and those leading on water, sanitation and hygiene, and ensure water, sanitation and hygiene are properly integrated into national healthcare policies, programs and strategies. Effective, long-term financing by governments and donors must also be prioritized to ensure these essential building blocks of quality healthcare are sustainable and governments must ensure that progress is properly monitored within the health system.

Menstrual hygiene management in schools in South Asia: Nepal

January 1, 2018

Nepal has a good track record of improving menstrual hygiene management (MHM) facilities, increasing access to affordable and hygienic sanitary materials, delivering creative awareness campaigns and policy advocacy, and developing the capacity of local stakeholders to promote MHM. Nevertheless, Operations and maintenance (O&M) of water, sanitation and hygiene in schools (WinS) remains challenging.MHM and WinS approaches in project schools are being used by Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to help develop a programmatic approach that works at scale. The Government is finalising a Dignified Menstruation Policy. An MHM Practitioners' Alliance provides cross-sector coordination. Improving the curriculum and teacher capacity, as well as further learning and engagement opportunities for older generations of women, is needed.

Menstrual hygiene management in schools in South Asia: Afghanistan

January 1, 2018

In Afghanistan, there are separate schools for girls and boys and it is estimated that only 16% of schools are for girls. Many rural and displaced girls are unable to attend school regularly. There are no specific menstrual hygiene management (MHM) policies; however, gender-separated toilets are the norm and girls' washrooms have beenincorporated into designs. O&M remains a huge problem. Poor security complicates matters.

Menstrual hygiene management in schools in South Asia: India

January 1, 2018

Various ministries (including Drinking Water and Sanitation, Health and Family Welfare, Human Resource Development, Rural Development, Women and Child Development), policies and programmes have contributed to menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in schools over recent years and the current momentum offers potential for even wider impact across India. Areas that require concerted action are systematic coordination between government agencies involved in MHM programming, monitoring to track progress, and effective budget allocations andutilization to support cross-sectoral action and convergence.

Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools in South Asia: Synthesis Report

January 1, 2018

There is increasing recognition that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is a multi-sectoral issue that requires integrated action, particularly from the education, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors.Numerous studies have shown that the lack of MHM-friendly facilities and support for schoolgirls and female teachers is a barrier to their full participation in school and thus to quality education.The South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) and WASH in Schools International Learning Exchange (WinS-ILE) platforms have played a significant role in mobilising action on this critical issue. UNICEF and WaterAid are among the organisations that have incorporated menstrual hygiene (MH) and MHM into WinS programmes in order to help girls and women overcome stigma and marginalisation.These reports detail the status of MHM in schools in South Asia. They identify progress and gaps in achieving sustainable and inclusive MHM services at scale, and draw together opportunities for further promoting and mainstreaming MHM in schools across South Asia.

Out of Order: The State of the World's Toilets 2017

November 16, 2017

WaterAid's report, Out of Order: The State of the World's Toilets 2017, reveals the countries where women are struggling most to access a toilet, and highlights those that have made the most significant progress. It also lays out recommendations to overcome the challenge of making decent toilets normal for everyone by 2030, and to ensure these vital services meet the needs of women and girls everywhere.