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WASH in Healthcare Facilities: Recommendations for Donors

By Susan Davis, Executive Director It is widely acknowledged that the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular access to quality essential health-care services, cannot be achieved without access to basic water, sanitation, and hygiene services. Yet many health care facilities lack basic necessities such as soap, water, and toilets, compromising their ability to provide even the...
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We want your opinion on WASH & Sustainability

Improve International seeks to end the unacceptably high failure rates of water and sanitation interventions in developing countries. To support our mission, we are investigating how funding mechanisms affect the sustainability of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions in developing countries. This is the third year of this survey. This information will be used to develop...
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Waterlines’ plans to sunset with a commitment to follow-up

By Susan Davis, Executive Director I received the June 2017 newsletter from Waterlines, a medium sized non-profit that provides technical expertise and funding for water projects in developing countries. It was exceptional for two reasons: their commitment to following up after water points have been built, and their plans to “sunset” (close down) the organization in...
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What to do when things go wrong? Resources

By Susan Davis, Executive Director Last week I moderated a panel discussion on WHAT TO DO WHEN THINGS GO WRONG? (or what we’ve been calling “resolution“) at charity:water’s office in New York. Here’s my introduction: Because millions of people lack safe water services and billions are without toilets, many organizations have worked for decades to...
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The Funder Collective for More Effective Partnerships

By Susan Davis, Executive Director On March 21 in Washington DC, we had an excellent discussion on innovations in grantee-grantor relationships, which we have briefly summarized below.  Contact us if you are interested in participating in, presenting at, or hosting our next gathering (location and date to be determined, see more below). Key takeaways from the presentations...
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How to Finance an End to the Water and Sanitation Crisis

On March 23, Susan Davis from Improve International joined an all-woman panel to highlight various ways to finance an end to the water and sanitation crisis. Other speakers: Heloise Chicou; Civil Society Advisor, Sanitation and Water for All Kate Fogelberg; Senior Consultant, The Springfield Centre for Business in Development Kim Lemme; Senior Global Advisor, Sustainability, Water...
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Project Tap In – a collaboration with Improve International and The New School Atlanta – wins Fulcrum Award

Excerpts from the Southface press release “Atlanta, GA – March 9, 2017 – Southface has long understood the value of partnership in creating sustainable homes, workplaces and communities. With a call for “Raising Consciousness, Tipping the Balance,” the Southface Fulcrum Awards program was designed to recognize people, programs, buildings, movements, organizations and more that all...
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Malawi Visit Update 4 – CCAP Ekwendeni Hospital

By Susan Davis, Executive Director Last week I had a brief meeting with Dr. Chihana Mughogho, Director of Ekwendeni Hospital, which is part of the CCAP Malawi network.  This is one of the hospitals and health centers at which CCAP and Emory University recently evaluated WASH conditions.  I was interested to hear her perspectives on...
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Malawi Visit Update 3 – CCAP SMART Centre Malawi

By Susan Davis, Executive Director The CCAP SMART Centre Malawi in Mzuzu demonstrates low-cost technologies, including water filters, handwashing set ups, latrine slabs and pits, water pumps (several varieties of rope pump), and groundwater recharge for individuals, businesses, and development organizations. They even have a demonstration garden showing irrigation techniques. They have 11 staff, some part-time,...
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Malawi Visit Update 2 – WASH in Healthcare Facilities

By Susan Davis, Executive Director On Thursday, Daniel Nyirenda of CCAP Malawi and I met with Arabella Hayter of the World Health Organization. We learned about how the WASHFIT tool has been launched and used in various countries.  Highlights below: WASHFIT has been launched in Chad, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, and Mali. This week it was discussed as...
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World Water Day or Groundhog Day?

By Susan Davis, Executive Director [Apropos of Groundhog Day (the movie): a repost from March 26, 2016] Tuesday March 22 was World Water Day.  But to me, it felt like Groundhog Day (the movie).  If you haven’t seen it, Groundhog Day was a 1993 romantic comedy in which Bill Murray’s character, Phil, has to relive the...
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Creative funding mechanisms

By Susan Davis, Executive Director This blog is based on a brief talk I gave at a Stockholm World Water Week session called “Turning errors into actions: continuous improvements“. “Innovation” is a big buzz word in development these days, but many people and organizations have a mindset that limits innovation to technology, or, occasionally implementation....
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Sticky Toilet Use

By Kate Fogelberg, Springfield Centre From Susan Davis: I’m thrilled to have a guest blog from Kate. We got to know each other when we both worked at Water For People. Kate is now a Senior Consultant with the Springfield Centre, an independent consulting, training, and research organization dedicated to improving the way development is...
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Survey: WASH in Healthcare Facilities

Sharing from Global Health Council “A recent WHO and UNICEF report presents a global assessment of the extent to which health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries fail to provide even basic WASH services. Using data from 66,101 facilities in 54 countries the report concludes that 38% of health care facilities are unable to...
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