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November 2020: World Toilet Day

Editorial: Another year, another World Toilet Day

by John Butterworth, IRC

Climate won the vote for the theme of this year's World Toilet Day. IRC will continue to remind the world that the only way to break the cycle of failure is to build systems that deliver sanitation and water services that last. Read more

10 years of progress washed away

by Stef Smits, IRC and Túpac Mejía, Water For People Honduras.

In the wake of Hurricane Eta, IRC and Water For People support government appeal and call for immediate action to restore a decade's worth of water and sanitation development in Honduras. Read more

What it takes to build a sanitation market: USAID Transform WASH and the plastic toilet slab in Ethiopia

by Monte Achenbach, USAID Transform WASH | PSI

Market facilitation takes time, patience and tenacity. In the end it's about building the confidence of the manufacturer to jump over hurdles thrown in their path by Ethiopia's business climate. Read more

Glass ceilings and glass floors for women in WASH business

by Ephraim Mebrate, IRC Ethiopia

What challenges are women in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) businesses facing in Ethiopia?  Read more

Promoting efficient and equitable urban WASH services

by Cor Dietvorst, IRC

Performance monitoring and innovative technological and financial solutions help. Experiences from India, South Africa and the international level. Read more

What’s at stake? WASH in times of COVID-19 in India

by Srilekha Chakraborty, 2020 winner of the Ton Schouten Award

Stories of the marginalised: migrant labourers, frontline workers and girls and women from Khunti and Chaibasa districts in Jharkhand. Read more

Two new strategies for the WASH sector in Bangladesh

by Digbijoy Dey, IRC

Who are the hardcore poor and what role do subsidies play? A pro-poor strategy has been approved and a new national strategy is on its way.  Read more

Global Handwashing Day in Burkina Faso

by IRC Burkina Faso

Some 10,000 people practise handwashing in the city of Ouagadougou at primary and secondary schools, markets and yaars, as IRC Burkina and partners organise two days of celebrations. Read more

Good sanitation practices in Bongo District, Ghana

by IRC Ghana

Open defecation was still rife in 2015. The District Assembly together with WaterAid Ghana and partners took action to change this. A National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) video story. Read more

Recommendations for greywater management in rural India

by Cor Dietvorst, IRC

Role of technology and local government in waste water management. Expert views from a thematic discussion and webinar. Read more

IRC launches new partnership with Kabarole District

by Naomi Kabarungi Wabyona, IRC Uganda

A new project in Uganda supports WASH in healthcare facilities in the fight against COVID-19. Read more

Investing in healthcare facilities saves lives–video from Uganda

by Naomi Kabarungi Wabyona, IRC Uganda

An appeal for more funding for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities. Read more
Events in focus:
United Nations World Toilet Day: Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change, 19 November 2020

Climate change is getting worse, threatening sanitation systems. Resilient systems that reuse waste can boost agriculture and reduce and capture emissions for greener energy. 

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Regional Finance Ministers' Meetings [Virtual Events]: Asia and the Pacific, 02 December 2020

Bringing together Ministers of Finance at the regional level to develop and strengthen partnerships for smart investments in water, sanitation and hygiene. For latest updates visit the dedicated blog on "How SWA Partners are preparing for 2020 Finance Ministers' Meetings". 

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Resources in focus:
Brunson, L., 2020. Partnership development in an alliance for increased impact : learning brief, (MWA learning paper 2). Washington, USA: Millennium Water Alliance. 13 p. : 3 boxes

Developing trust and partnership among NGOs, engaging in collective impact and lessons learned about partnership development in an alliance. Read more

Himanen, A. & Butterworth, J.A., 2020. Including persons with disabilities in the improvement of WASH services. (COWASH Learning Note). Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ramboll Finland Oy, Niras Finland and IRC. 12 p. : 14 boxes, 4 fig.

Strategies and steps towards inclusion of persons with disabilities in the improvement of water and sanitation services in Ethiopia. Read more

IRC & UNICEF India, 2020. Drink from Tap Mission : communication strategy. Bhubaneswar, India: Department of Housing & Urban Development, Government of Odisha. 26 p. : 3 charts, 2 fig., 1 tab.

How to inform, persuade, and engage customers in achieving the goal of 24/7 safe drinking water from a tap on the premises for the urban population of Odisha state, India. Read more

Libey, A., Adank, M. & Thomas, E., 2020. Who pays for water? : comparing life-cycle costs of water services among several low, medium and high-income utilities. World development, 136 (105155), pp. 1-13 : 2 fig., 6 tab.

Comparing water utilities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and the United States reveals a gap between the full costs of service delivery and budgets of US$7–$43 per capita and budget gaps from 2.6% to 10,000%. Support from national government and donors for full life-cycle costs is appropriate. Read more

Shiva, R. & Saha, S., 2020. The impact of Watershed on decentralised decision making with inclusion of women : findings from India. The Hague, the Netherlands: IRC/Watershed. 7 p. : 2 boxes, 6 fig., 3 tab.

Water and sanitation interventions should put special focus on strengthening systems of community participation as well as enabling the participation of all citizens. Read more

Sudgen, S., Sawyer, K. & Wildman, T., 2020. Water For People market system development update. Boulder, CO, USA: Water For People. 6 p.

Despite reduced funding for market systems development (MSD) in sanitation, Water For People (WFP) has been able to grow and expand its approach. Read more

Water For People, 2020. Everyone Forever : Water For People’s WASH system-strengthening model. Denver, CO, USA: Water For People. 18 p. : 7 fig.

A comprehensive document detailing Water For People's Everyone Forever model, including alignment with the system-strengthening building blocks. Read more

USAID Transform WASH, Ethiopa: Learning notes.

Gutema, G. & Osterwalder, L., 2020. An assessment of sanitation financing options for enterprises and households. 15 p. : 2 boxes, 2 fig.
A summary of a study undertaken of the programme’s financing approaches to better understand their performance and how they compared to other viable approaches. Read more

Mebrate, E., 2020. Women as business leaders. 12 p.
The gender dynamics in WASH business and action points to enhance women's roles in the sector. Read more

See the full list of Transform WASH Learning Notes.

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