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The Ripple Effect: Supporting Women’s Empowerment through Water

New research demonstrates that improving a woman’s access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) provides a multitude of indirect and positive impacts that often are overlooked in traditional development interventions. Benefits of this water access “ripple effect” go beyond the time savings and health outcomes that are well known across the sector. Referred to as “pathways to empowerment,” these now-quantifiable impacts cover a range of outcomes, including a more than 50 percent increase in female community leadership positions and shifts in gender norms within the community.

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Key Takeaways from Stockholm World Water Week 2018

More than 3,000 practitioners and decision-makers gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of August 2018 for World Water Week. Hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this annual gathering encourages new thinking and positive action on water-related opportunities and challenges. 

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Analyzing and Improving Collaboration Among WASH Stakeholders in Ethiopia

The Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) team in Ethiopia – led by IRC, working with TetraTech and LINC – employed Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) to assess the relationships among organizations providing WASH services. This analysis will be used to support and evaluate SWS efforts to improve local water and sanitation service sustainability.

LiteratureReview

An Examination of CLTS's Contributions Toward Universal Sanitation

Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is a revolutionary idea and an inspiring practice. The enthusiasm of its many adherents in government and civil society is understandable. This desk review examines the refereed and gray literature on CLTS,1 with the central objective of assessing the knowledge base on best practices and identifying evidence gaps to inform the project’s research agenda (to generate findings that improve policy and practice).

Focus Area Topic

Sanitation and Hygiene

Sanitation is more than just toilets, it encompasses the facilities, behaviors, and services that prevent diseases caused by contact with human waste. Hygiene refers to behaviors that can improve cleanliness and lead to good health.

Why it Matters

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Urban Sanitation: Meeting the SDGs for Universal Access by 2030

In preparation for the United Nations’ World Toilet Day on November 19, 2016, SID-W, together with AECOM, has assembled a panel of experts to discuss experiences and prospects for achieving universal access to sanitation for urban populations by 2030.

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Acting Global Water Coordinator Inaugurates New Drinking Water Supply in Busia County, Kenya

The USAID-supported Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) project works to improve the lives and health of one million Kenyans in nine counties. Launched in 2015, the five-year project focuses on the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and increased access to irrigation and nutrition services.