update | WASH research

Check out the new home page design of and a recent update includes the blog post, USAID Releases New Standard Indicators for Water and Sanitation.

Also be sure to check out the USAID Water Team YouTube Channel. The Channel has 14 videos and 13 playlists so far. wateraid


May 14 – Water as a Tool for Resilience in Times of Crisis – Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program, USAID’s Sustainable Water Partnership, and Winrock International for a discussion on where the challenges lie and what practitioners and policymakers can do to bolster effective water management for the world’s most vulnerable communities.


The Role of Desalination in an Increasingly Water-Scarce World. World Bank, March 2019. The cost of desalination has been plummeting over the years. As a result, desalination has become a viable option for certain strategic uses. Today, over 20,000 desalination plants in more than 150 countries supply about 300 million people with freshwater every day.

Fintech for the Water Sector: Advancing Financial Inclusion for More Equitable Access to Water. World Bank, March 2019. The emerging field of financial technology (fintech) can help address barriers to financial inclusion in the water sector while potentially reducing or eliminating the need for subsidy.


Safely Managed Hygiene: A Risk-Based Assessment of Handwashing Water Quality. Env Sci Technol, May 2019. Our model suggests that handwashing with nonpotable water will generally reduce fecal contamination on hands but may be unable to lower the annual probability of infection risks from hand-to-mouth contacts below 1:1000.

Addressing how multiple household water sources and uses build water resilience and support sustainable development. NPJ Clean Water, March 2019. ” In this Perspective, we explain the nature and scope of multiple water source use (MWSU) at the household level in developing countries. We also describe the implications of MWSU for human health and water resilience, and identify key knowledge gaps, risks, and opportunities associated with MWSU.


Sanitation: saving lives in developing countries. Institute for Fiscal Studies, May 2. IFS and Royal Holloway researchers, in partnership with WaterAid, provide new evidence on the effectiveness of one of the most popular interventions used by policy-makers and NGOs to improve rural sanitation practices in developing countries. The Nigeria study shows that Community-Led Total Sanitation only works in poorer communities and does not cause everyone in the community to adopt safe sanitation practices.


iDE WASH Markets – Developing Marketplaces for Latrines in the World’s Poorest Locations

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