• Civil society from across Africa unites ahead of Africa Water Week!

    20 Jul 2016 in Events
    by Megan Macgarry (End Water Poverty) et Héloïse Chicou (Assainissement et eau pour tous – SWA)

    What a powerful day it was at the official opening ceremony of the 6th Africa Water Week, in Tanzania, on Monday 18th of July. Highlights of the event included speeches from Lydia Zigomo, Head of Region - East and Pan Africa - at WaterAid who stated that "we have to do business unusual here in…

  • SWA outlines four collaborative behaviours to overcome business as usual

    10 Nov 2015 in Country Processes
    by Patrick Apoya, PDG, SkyFox Ltd ; Directeur, Africa Sanitation Think Tank, Water and Sanitation for Africa Apollos Nwafor ; Directeur régional des activités de plaidoyer de WaterAid pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest

    Talking about major challenges to achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene as required by the recently launched Sustainable Development goals, one thing comes to mind: Individual and group behaviour. This is at the center of many of the intractable challenges in the WASH sector that various stakeholders are…

  • Not Just Another Day

    15 Oct 2015 in Events
    by Tim Kellow, Directeur national pour le Nigéria de Concern Universal, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale du lavage des mains du 15 octobre 2015

    Today is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of good hygiene. Global Handwashing Day was founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW), SWA’s newest member. I’ve always been a sceptic when it comes to world ‘Days’. However noble the cause,…

  • Behavioral Challenges and Potential Solutions to Reach Universal Sanitation Coverage

    14 Apr 2015 in Events
    by By Orlando Hernandez, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Global Health, Population and Nutrition (GHPN), FHI 360

    (based on address at WWF7) Behavior change specialists rely on frameworks to dissect a problem and define a strategy to address it. The Water Improvement Framework (WIF), previously named the Hygiene Improvement Framework (HIF) developed in connection to USAID WASH projects some 15 years ago, is one such framework. Given…

  • Universal Sanitation is Incomplete without Hygiene

    13 Apr 2015 in Events
    by Par Hanna M Woodburn, Directrice adjointe du Secrétariat, Partenariat mondial entre le secteur public et le secteur privé pour le lavage des main (PPPHW).

    It was perhaps a blogger on the PLOS website who said it best: the sanitation Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is in the metaphorical toilet. As the MDGs reach their conclusion this year, the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) community knows that progress towards the sanitation goal is badly off-track and…

  • SWA, PACOSAN and SACOSAN: working together to provide sanitation and water for all

    2 Mar 2015 in Events
    by Par le Dr. Sumitra Amatya, membre du Cité directeur de SWA, Nepal (Ministère du développement urbain)

    The current status of sanitation and poor hygiene practice in South Asia had led to significant public cost, such as premature deaths, economic and financial costs due to diseases attribute to poor sanitation, environmental costs and other welfare costs. The majority of economic costs related to inadequate sanitation in Asia…