Celebrate World Toilet Day

This Sunday, November 19, let’s take some time to reflect. For billions in the developing world proper sanitation can mean the difference between education and ignorance, health and illness, prosperity and poverty. But 2.5 billion people still don’t have access to a toilet, and 11 percent of the world’s population still defecates in the open.

Water Currents: World Toilet Day 2017

USAID and its partners work toward increasing access to safe and basic sanitation services and increasing treatment, recycling, and reuse of wastewater worldwide. In Fiscal Year 2016, USAID and its partners helped 2.9 million people gain access to basic sanitation—defined as a facility that separates people from their waste and is not shared with other households.

This issue of Water Currents contains links to WTD 2017 resources and events, as well as recent studies on a range of sanitation issues to help mark this important advocacy day.

Innovative Ghanaian Latrine Makes Sanitation Aspirational

Ghana is a country of jarring contradictions. Technology is quickly infiltrating daily lives: nearly everyone has a mobile phone, the majority have access to electricity, and millions use the internet. But less than 15 percent of the country has access to basic sanitation, and one in five Ghanaians defecate in the open.

Global Waters Radio: Cheryl Hicks on USAID-Toilet Board Coalition Partnership

Cheryl Hicks is executive director of the Toilet Board Coalition, a public-private partnership that uses market-based solutions to deliver sustainable sanitation improvements, at scale, in communities around the world. In this Global Waters Radio podcast, Hicks speaks about the Coalition’s recently launched multi-year partnership with USAID, and the Coalition's ongoing efforts to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals' target of providing universal access to improved sanitation by 2030.

Toilet Board Coalition

USAID is proud to announce a three-year Global Development Alliance with the Toilet Board Coalition. The Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) is a public-private partnership that brings together some of the world’s most dynamic companies, multilaterals, NGOs, and business minds.

The Digitisation of Sanitation

2.4 Billion people still lack access to an improved source of sanitation, yet up to 95% of this population is covered by mobile networks and unique subscriber market penetration is above 63%, i.e. more than 4.7 Billion people have at least one mobile phone number. With more than 411 Million registered mobile money accounts, mobile is also increasingly changing the landscape of financial inclusion.

USAID Announces Partnership with Toilet Board Coalition

Public-private partnerships have significant potential to accelerate progress toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’ sanitation target. An exciting new Global Development Alliance between USAID and the Toilet Board Coalition promises to strengthen efforts to reach the 2.4 billion worldwide still without adequate sanitation.

USAID IUWASH: Access to Piped Water Through Microfinance

USAID IUWASH project facilitated the water utility (PDAM) of Mojokerto District in East Java Province to develop a microfinance scheme to increase piped water connections for this low-income community. By January 2013, microfinance for water enables 750 households in Jiyu Village to get connected to piped-water system. The down payment costs IDR 300,000, while the monthly installment is IDR 85,000 (for 12 months). Their average monthly water bill is around IDR 20,000-25,000. This access to clean water also has important impact on adequate sanitation.

USAID IUWASH: Access to Sanitation Through Microfinance

USAID IUWASH project collaborates with the District Health Office, sanitarians and local community to implement community-based total sanitation program in Probolinggo District, East Java, Indonesia. A pilot project called "Jamban Sehat" (Healthy Toilet) has been implemented to improve sanitation facilities for low-income families. Through microfinance scheme, about 50 households in Probolinggo were able to build proper toilet at their homes.