Category Archives: Water and Sanitation

The Private Sector Could Help Us Save the World’s Oceans

By Michael Davis The importance of the world’s oceans, and the challenges they face cannot be overstated. Oceans are home to the earth’s most diverse ecosystems, and are crucial to fighting climate change as they absorb 30% of the CO2 … Continue reading

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Analyzing the #SDGs on Twitter: The Social Media Response to the Sustainable Development Goals

By Sylvia Warren This month, the world took to social media to voice reactions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 goals and 169 targets offering a new framework for global development. In the 10 days following the confirmation of … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat: Inclusive Preparedness for India’s Heat Waves

By Ashwin Chandrasekhar This summer, India witnessed its second deadliest heat wave on record – over 2,500 people died due to scorching temperatures. India’s heat waves are part of a climate change-driven cycle. Records over the last 10 years show … Continue reading

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Champions of the Toilet: The best way to solve open defecation is to focus on demand, not construction

By Adrien Couton, Romit Mehta, and Ahmed Nadeem Khan One out of every two people practicing open defecation globally lives in India. In fact, India has more than double the number of people practicing open defecation (OD) than the next 18 countries combined. … Continue reading

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Improving sanitation: It starts with the community

By Lucy Johnson Leaders from around the world gathered in 2000 to establish the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in an effort to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. As we near the expiration date for these goals, one particular target – … Continue reading

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On Menstrual Hygiene Day, Designing a Better Period for Girls and Women

By Ashley Eberhart One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People this year is Arunachalam Muruganantham, colloquially known as “Menstrual Man,” or “the Tampon King.” Muruganantham was determined to design a sanitary pad for rural Indian women that was affordable, … Continue reading

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On World Toilet Day, making small-town sanitation a big deal

By Romit Mehta, Madhu Yalamarthi, and Adrien Couton In 2009, global population experienced a major shift: for the first time, according to estimates, over 50% of the world’s people lived in urban areas. Anyone who has been to a global … Continue reading

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Harnessing private investment to finance clean water and sanitation

By Madhu Yalamarthi The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 768 million people worldwide lack access to improved drinking water, and over 2,500 million people lack access to sanitation facilities. WHO also estimates the global economic losses associated with … Continue reading

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