Eddy Perez on Lessons Learned and New Trends in the Sanitation Sector

Eddy Perez is a Professor of Practice in Sanitation at the Emory School of Public Health’s Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. In his recent conversation with Global Waters RadioPerez talks about his career in the sanitation sector, shares lessons he has learned along the way, and explains why sanitation improvements in both rural and urban areas must remain a programming priority in international efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“It has been very positive that I have seen a new generation of USAID-funded projects that are focusing on sanitation….and each of them have a strong learning component — I really want to recognize that.”

Perez discusses both the challenges and opportunities inherent in the global development community’s pursuit of SDG 6.2, which within 15 years aims to “achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation” — an enormous task. To hear Perez discuss the road ahead, you can listen to the full Global Waters Radio interview below, and let us know what you think.

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8 minutes 12 seconds
Publication Date: 
10 Jun 2016
Author credits: 
Eddy Perez, Dan Campbell, Russell Sticklor
Produced By: 
Water CKM Project