Women in Waste Management: An Opportunity

Women in Asia play a central role in environmental management, yet their work in the sector is often unpaid or underpaid.

This webinar from USAID Urban discussed:

  • Key constraints for women’s empowerment and job creation in the solid waste management sector.
  • What models work and how do we know they work. What metrics are NGO’s and donors using to measure the empowerment of women in the solid waste management sector.
  • How can grant-making under the USAID-funded Municipal Waste Recycling Program empower women in the sector.

 

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.

World Toilet Day 2017: Q&A with USAID Sanitation Expert Jesse Shapiro

Jesse Shapiro is the Environmental Health Team Lead, Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor, and Sanitation Focal Point at USAID based in the Global Health Bureau. He provides WASH technical support to USAID missions in Africa and South East Asia with a focus on new project development and an increased emphasis on sanitation programming. With World Toilet Day 2017 coming up, he talked with Global Waters about about the importance of wastewater treatment and USAID's work in the sanitation sector.

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.

Connecting Innovators to the Marketplace

USAID’s Global Development Lab hosted an Innovation Marketplace at the 2017 Global Innovation Week in Washington, D.C., September 28 and 29. This is one of those truly inspiring events where creative and entrepreneurial minds are being applied to some of the world’s most intractable problems.

Water Currents: Wastewater and Water Reuse

This issue of Currents features articles and reports related to wastewater and water reuse, to tie in with the theme of World Water Week 2017 taking place in Stockholm, Sweden next week. This annual event brings together experts, practitioners, and decisionmakers from a range of sectors and countries to network, exchange ideas, and foster new thinking about global water issues. 

Treating Wastewater as a Resource

In an increasingly water-stressed world, productive and sustainable use of a variety of freshwater sources has become more important than ever. The theme of World Water Day 2017 — wastewater—provided an ideal moment to pause and reflect on how this often maligned and misunderstood water source can be treated safely to improve public health and enhance quality of life.

Municipal Services Program – Sindh Community Mobilization

Sindh is Pakistan’s second largest province in population and economic output. Despite Sindh’s economic progress, however, education indicators remain low. According to data from the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PLSM) 2014-2015, the overall literacy rate in Sindh is 56%, while the male and female literacy rates are 67% and 43%, respectively. The Community Mobilization Program (CMP) supports the Government of Sindh’s education reform and USAID’s Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP).

Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability Project

The Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project in the Philippines is a four-year activity that seeks to promote good governance and build capacity for long-term water security, improve access to water and wastewater treatment services, and build more resilient communities.