Watershed and the sustainability challenge
Simavi’s Senior WASH programme officer, Tim Sutton, will be attending the World Water Week in Stockholm. The annual event is hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), and the theme this year is “Water and Waste – Reduce and Reuse”. In a...
Published on August 30, 2018
Multi-annual Country Strategies: do they add up to the Dutch contribution to SDG 6?
In the process of writing the Multi-annual Country Strategies: does the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs consider the WASH strategy? While most people in the political centre in the Netherlands, The Hague, were on their summer leave, some policy officers from the...
Published on August 23, 2018
How good water resource management leads to improved WASH services
An IRC Uganda / Watershed video set in Rwenzori Region. In a bid to demonstrate the importance and applicability of integrating water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) with integrated water resources management (IWRM), IRC Uganda has produced a twelve-minute...
Published on March 16, 2018
Taking lessons from Mother Nature
“If you do not yield to anyone’s advice, the world will teach you the lessons it wants you to learn,” my mother always said. Often, this was a cautionary tale and it usually came after realizing that no matter what she said or did, you would not...
Published on December 28, 2017
Linking WASH and integrated water resources management: why and how?
Achieving sustainable WASH services requires problem-based approaches focusing on a specific watershed or municipality. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) will require closer links between WASH and integrated water resources management (IWRM). How...
Published on November 21, 2017
The secret to WASH-IWRM Linkages: pragmatism
Linking WASH and IWRM, as demanded by SDG 6, is essential but hard. With pragmatism and a problem based approach it can be done. In 2000 I joined IRC in the final stages of a PhD based on four years field research in rural Zimbabwe, the subject of the research:...
Published on November 21, 2017
Why is water security key to WASH services delivery?
Meeting Sustainable Development Goal 6 requires solutions that focus on integrated rather than sectoral approaches. Traditionally water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and environmental organisations work at different scales. But to meet Sustainable Development Goal...
Published on October 21, 2017
Civil society in West and Central Africa strongly mobilised to guarantee access to water and sanitation for all
Strong developments in advocacy practices for water and sanitation for all Representatives of African collectives in the water and sanitation sector From 24th to 26th January 2017, representatives of African collectives in the water and sanitation sector, from 9...
Published on February 17, 2017
Want to engage with wetland communities? Start with sanitation!
Every morning at four o’clock, thousands of men wake up to go fishing in Loktak Lake. When they return home in the early afternoon, their wives take the fish to the market. If the fishermen or their wives fall ill, or if there is less fish to catch, they earn...
Published on October 7, 2016
A healthy WASH conference: Africa Water Week Day 2
Simavi’s Public Affairs Officer WASH Roel Blesgraaf blogs about the events during the 6th Africa Water Week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 18-22 July 2016. In this blog, he takes particular notice of hand washing facilities at all breaks, aside from water and...
Published on August 4, 2016
No growth without water
By Lydia Mirembe (IRC Uganda) Clear calls for increased investment in water and sanitation during the Africa Water Week. The 6th Africa Water Week (AWW6) opened on Monday 18th July, with reaffirmation that the continent could not attain meaningful development...
Published on July 28, 2016