Here is a compilation of WASH related news, views and articles worth reading in December 2017.

Compiled by:  Henry Anyanwu


New Year message from SWA’s Executive Chair

By Catarina de Albuquerque, SWA Executive Chair on Sanitation and Water for All

As we approach the end of 2017, I am pleased to present a little of what we have achieved this year, and what we are looking forward to in 2018. Our High-level Meetings hosted by the World Bank in Washington DC were, as always, a highlight. Quite beyond the discussions between finance ministers, sector ministers and other SWA partners, we had some high-profile guests to open our sessions, including the President of the World Bank, the UN-Deputy Secretary-General and the film-star and philanthropist Matt Damon.

We are really making an impact on the world stage, not only in persuading countries and finance institutions to …read more


WASH and Watershed Restoration: They Must Go Together

By Jenna Saldana on End Water Poverty

There are countless WASH organisations doing good across the world, working to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But there’s a problem; the watersheds that water projects draw from are degrading. And Goal 6 of the SDGs calls for protecting aquifers by 2020, which is only three years away …read more


Art for water

By Anna Nylander on World Water Day

Through the AGUA exhibition, artists are communicating our collective responsibility towards water.

AGUA is currently making its way around the world, featuring the work of 23 participating artists. The exhibition aims to raise public awareness of the notion of interdependence, essential to the conservation of our environment and to the future of our planet. When water is under threat, so too are all forms of life on Earth …read more

Photo credit: Art for the World

India says Chinese construction on river dirtying water

On Fox News

GAUHATI, India –  Officials in India’s northeast are complaining that Chinese construction activity on the upper reaches of one of Asia’s largest river that flows into India are likely turning the waters downstream turbid and unfit for human consumption.

Over the weekend, Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief minister of India’s Assam state, said the Brahmaputra river was contaminated with bacteria and iron, with laboratory tests declaring its waters unfit for human consumption. Sonowal asked that the Indian government take up the matter with Beijing.

The Yarlung Tsangbo river originates in the Tibetan Himalayas and enters India as the …read more


Leaving no one behind: the pioneering work on disability inclusion in Indonesia’s rural water sector

 BY George Soraya, Dea Widyastuty, Trimo Pamudji Al Djono on The Water Blog

Dwifina loves art. Every day she looks forward to making her thread canvasses. Her only wish is that she had more time to spend on them. Being paralyzed, she spends a significant amount of time on mundane activities like getting ready for school and sorting out school supplies and books. She needs to ask friends to assist her in using the bathroom in school, as it lacks the design features for her to use it independently. Between homework and these extended activities of daily living, Dwifina finds little time for her true passion.

There are about a billion people with physical, cognitive, or psychological disabilities in the world, who struggle to access basic services required to perform daily 

…read more 

Dwifina Sandra, Class 9, SLB Bhakti Pertiwi School, Yogyakarta



Welcome | Toolkit on the Aggregation of Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities

On The World Bank

  • Today, over 2 billion people live without safe drinking water. Our goal: build a better future by achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 that calls for universal access to a safe, efficient, and reliable water supply for all. Policy makers and practitioners around the world have looked at getting utility companies to work together as one way to help achieving it.
  • Building on a review of literature and an analysis of both qualitative and quantitative evidence, a global set of international trends, a utility performance database that covers 1,306 utilities from more than …read more


The Contribution of Community-Led Total Sanitation to Ending Open Defecation: Findings of a Desk Review


On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the USAID-funded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) Project held a webinar on the role of community-led total sanitation (CLTS) in helping to end open defecation. WASHPaLS presented key findings from a desk review assessing the knowledge base on CLTS program performance. The findings and identified evidence gaps will inform the WASHPaLS research agenda for subsequent years of the project …read more