WASH research on privatization, child feces management, city sanitation planning and others

Also, be sure to check out the latest updates to Globalwaters.org:

  • 2019: The Year in Review – Take a look at some of the highlights of the year to see how USAID is making an impact.
  • USAID’s Impact: Ex-Post Evaluation Series – The positive impacts of USAID’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities are often hard to dispute, especially during the immediate time period after projects comes to a close. But how sustainable are these outcomes several years later?
  • USAID in the News – recent articles from Feed the Future, Haiti and Malawi

USAID Kenya Article globalwaters

The impact of the private provision of WASH services on sustainable economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, December 2019. By Michael W.Nicholson, USAID/Kenya – This paper analyzes the expanded role of the private sector in the provision of WASH services in Africa.  The  current  analysis  provides  an  empirical  inquiry  into  the  conditions  under which the private sector is attracted to the provision of WASH services and estimates its subsequent impact on both economic growth and inclusive development.

Upcoming Webinars

PRO-WASH – Prochain webinaire : Partage des expériences avec USAID/ACCES sur les stratégies de vente marketing et les mécanismes de financement pour l’assainissement rural – Quand? : Le mercredi 22 janvier à 9 h EST/UTC-5 en français.

Journal Articles

Child feces management (CFM) practices and fecal contamination: A cross-sectional study in rural Odisha, India. Science of The Total Environment, 20 March 2020. Authors: Valerie Bauza, Fiona Majorin, Parimita Routray, Gloria D.Sclar, Bethany A.Caruso, Thomas Clasen – Current CFM practices were found to increase fecal contamination in the environment and on hands. CFM hardware of potties and scoops can reduce fecal contamination, but had low use and shortcomings.

Status of water, sanitation and hygiene services for childbirth and newborn care in eight countries in East Asia and the Pacific. J Glob Health. 2019 Dec. Authors: Priya Mannava, John CS Murray, Rokho Kim, and Howard L Sobel. Four of eight countries had national WASH policies and four had standards for health facilities. Seventy-seven percent of hospitals had a sink with water and soap or alcohol hand rub in delivery rooms, 78% in neonatal care rooms and 43% in postnatal care rooms.

City Sanitation Planning Through a Political Economy Lens. Water Alternatives 12(3): 907-929, 2019. Authors: Kumi Abeysuriya, Juliet Willetts,  Antoinette Kome – This paper draws on three case study countries that took qualitatively different approaches to sanitation planning – Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. The analysis found that the assumptions informing the planning methods were often not valid, which then undermined the potential for successful implementation.


USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program End-of-Project Report, March 17, 2014 – December 31, 2019. USAID, 2019. Areas of Focus – WASH – Institutionalizing WASH in health care facilities – Advancing behavior-centered programming to reduce puerperal and neonatal sepsis – Integrating nutrition-sensitive WASH activities into health extension programs.

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