Strengthening the business case for water, sanitation and hygiene: how to measure value for your business – WaterAid

Strengthening the business case for water, sanitation and hygiene – how to measure value for your business. WaterAid, August 2018.

In response to the challenge of quantifying the business benefits, WaterAid, Diageo, GAP Inc., and Unilever have worked with PwC and ODI to develop a practical, step-by-step guide. WASH business case_infographic.jpg

The guide will help companies understand the business value of their WASH investments and calculate their financial return on investment (ROI).

It is aimed at companies who are likely to have an established WASH programme and want to evidence the financial benefits of their WASH interventions. This may be to:

  1. Strengthen the internal case for future investment.
  2. Work with suppliers to scale up WASH programmes.
  3. Generate more business case data, which can be shared in a consistent format and used to catalyse action across the business community.

What can you do?

This guide provides an opportunity for progressive companies to take a lead, showcasing the incentives for business investment on WASH while catalysing action. WaterAid, Diageo, GAP Inc., and Unilever call on companies to use the guide and, most importantly, share the data they generate, and their learnings, with WaterAid.

Event Invitation: Realizing the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation – 14 September 2018

WSSCC is inviting you to a session: Realizing the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Tackling stigma and discrimination: From menstruation to access to WASH for people on the move that will take place next Friday 14 September 2018 / 13h30 – 15h00 at Palais des Nations, Room XXVII (Geneva, Switzerland).

PROGRAMME

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the co-chairs
Keynote speech: Mr. Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
Remarks by: Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, WSSCC Executive Director
Presentations:
– Ms. Inga Winker, Human Rights Expert, Columbia University (NY)
– Mr. Labo Madougou, Director of Development and Extension of Sanitation Services from the Water and Sanitation Ministry of Niger
– Ms. Khadi Sonkho, MHM Trainer for West and Central Africa, Louga (Senegal)
Q/A and Moderated Discussion
Closing remarks:
Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, WSSCC Executive Director
Permanent Mission of Niger

This session is an opportunity to:

  • Reinforce evidence-based advocacy for sustainable access to WASH provisions (water, sanitation and hygiene) for all in public policies
  • Share evidence, best practice and innovations in programming and policy at the national level
  • Build a community of stakeholders committed to promoting and fostering menstrual health
  • Discuss how the agenda for menstrual health and other stigmatized topics can be advanced at the global level
  • Emphasize the impact of stigma, psycho-social stress and lack of body literacy as issues that have thus far received less attention
  • Contribute to the dissemination of the recommendations from the most recent report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitatio
  • Understand important barriers to and solutions for implementing the Human
  • Rights to Water and Sanitation for all for people on the move
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities for different stakeholders

Fore more info, read the Event Program and the Concept Note.

Snacks will be provided at 13h00 at the entrance of the room.

Please RSVP to anthony.dedouche@wsscc.org before 12 September 2018.

WSSCC Webinar: How much evidence do we have on the effectiveness of WASH interventions? – 13 September 2018

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and 3ie would like to invite you to a webinar for WASH practitioners: How much evidence do we have on the effectiveness of WASH interventions?

Hugh Waddington, the Senior Evaluation Specialist at 3ie, will discuss the findings of 3ie’s Evidence Gap Map and implications for policies, programmes and research on this field.

Click here to access the webinar – and tune in on Thursday, September 13, 2pm-3pm (CET).

Read ahead: the 3ie WASH Evidence Gap Map and WASH EGM Brief.

For more info, access our website.

Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment: A guide for low- and middle-income countries

Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment: A guide for low- and middle-income countries. Practical Action Publishing.

Author: Kevin Tayler | Published: 2018 | Pages: 370

Many middle- and low-income countries are experiencing rapid urbanization, which creates a need for services, including sanitation. fsm

While some areas in some towns and cities are sewered, most people, especially the urban poor, continue to use various forms of on-site sanitation. These require periodic emptying and the material removed from them must be treated before reuse or discharge to the environment.

Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment confronts the urgent need to treat increasing volumes of faecal sludge and septage in the rapidly expanding towns and cities of the global south. It discusses the urban contexts that influence treatment requirements and overall septage treatment processes.

It examines the options and design approaches at each stage of treatment, from reception, through preliminary treatment, solids – liquid separation, anaerobic and aerobic treatment of the separated liquid and solid fractions to systems to render treated products suitable for reuse in either agriculture or as a fuel.

Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment provides straightforward guidance on the options for faecal sludge treatment and the choices between those options. All concepts and approaches are clearly explained so as to make Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment accessible to a non-specialist readership.

Sylvia Cabus on Gender Mainstreaming in Water and Sanitation Programming – Global Waters Radio

Sylvia Cabus on Gender Mainstreaming in Water and Sanitation Programming. Global Waters Radio, August 24, 2018.

Sylvia Cabus serves as Senior Gender Advisor for USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. cabus

In this podcast, Sylvia speaks with Global Waters Radio about some of the many ways the Agency integrates gender into its water, sanitation, and hygiene programming, and talks about how gender mainstreaming contributes to improved livelihood opportunities for women, better educational access for girls, and greater sustainability for WASH development interventions.

The strong connections between WASH improvements and girls and women’s empowerment received prominent mention in the U.S. Government’s first-ever Global Water Strategy, released in 2017, which notes as part of its first Strategic Objective that “access to sanitation for women and girls is particularly crucial to preserving basic dignity, improving access to education and economic opportunities, and reducing gender-based violence.”

Link to the podcast and transcript.

Ebola Species Found in Bats ahead of Any Potential Outbreak

Ebola Species Found in Bats ahead of Any Potential Outbreak. USAID Global Health, August 28, 2018.

For the first time, a discovery by the PREDICT project uncovered a new Ebola virus in animals before it spread to humans.  

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Photo credit: Jaber Belkhiria/UC Davis

The discovery of the Bombali virus in bats in Sierra Leone and the sequencing of the complete genome was published yesterday in the journal Nature Microbiology. The government of Sierra Leone announced preliminary findings in late July.

The discovery was made by scientists at the University of California Davis’ One Health Institute and Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity, working with the government of Sierra Leone and the University of Makeni and Metabiota. The work is part of the PREDICT Ebola Host project, funded by USAID.

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If water is the key, finance options are the lock that must be opened.

iDE-P_2018 World Water Week, panel 2_Photo credit to Water.orgVedika Bhandarkar, Managing Director of Water.org India, speaks on a panel with Yi Wei (left), iDE Global WASH Director, and Hon. Mansour Faye (right), Senegal’s Minister of Water and Sanitation. (Photo courtesy of Water.org)

 

At World Water Week 2018, iDE along with WASH colleagues called for integrated financial systems to deliver water and sanitation solutions in the poorest locations.

 

To meet the Sustainable Development Goal for clean water (SDG 6, Ensure access to water and sanitation for all), we need smart(er) systems that integrate finance and market-based product delivery is necessary.

As part of this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm, Yi Wei, iDE Global WASH Director, co-hosted a joint session called “Smart(er) systems for water and sanitation: subsidies, financing, and markets” alongside Joel Kolker, Program Manager for Global Water Supply and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) of the World Bank, Vedika Bhandarkar, Managing Director of Water.org India, Hon. Mansour Faye, Senegal’s Minister of Water and Sanitation, Eng. Benson Ajisegiri, Nigeria’s Director of Water Supply and PPPs, Ministry of Water Resources, and Social Finance.

Click here to learn more.