News Article | May 23, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - WaterAid today expressed alarm at the President's budget request for fiscal year 2018, which includes a 29.1% cut to State and other international programs; eliminates USAID's core poverty reduction tool, the Development Assistance Account; and makes significant cuts to Global Health Programs. The budget proposes a new account, the Economic Support and Development Fund, to be administered by the Department of State rather than USAID for entirely different purposes than the existing DA account. This approach is fundamentally opposed to the national security community's position that development is as important as defense and diplomacy to US safety, security, and economic stability. WaterAid, the leading international nonprofit focused on clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), calls on Congress to fully fund the foreign affairs budget at $60 billion. This must include $3.4 billion for the Development Assistance (DA) Account as its own line of funding managed by USAID. The DA Account supports WASH, along with other foundations to eliminating poverty, such as agriculture and education, which cannot be buried within other funding approaches if they are to succeed in reducing poverty and improving global health. The DA and GHP Accounts advance peace, public health and economic productivity worldwide; the one depends upon the other for their benefits to be fully realized. Not only are these impactful investments, evidence shows that they are efficient as well: a $1 investment in water and sanitation returns $4 in saved health care costs and increased economic productivity. Cuts in these areas, and the restructuring proposed by the President, would jeopardize US interests, threatening our ability to influence global politics and protect Americans at home and abroad from conflict, economic instability, and disease. "The Trump Administration is undoing over forty years of bipartisan agreement about the importance of global development and humanitarian assistance. This is not a partisan issue; foreign assistance safeguards national and global security. Prioritizing Development Assistance is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. This is why investment in USAID's foreign assistance programs has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support as well as the support of faith-based groups and the national security community. The United States has been a leader in providing support for developing countries, and promoting strong relationships with countries around the world. Rescinding any development assistance will jeopardize our critical relationships and cede leadership to other donor nations." The President's proposal to decimate USAID funding and footprint would result in the loss of unmatched technical expertise and relationships with governments around the world, putting US security and moral authority at great risk. The proposal to shift critical funding away from the nation's poverty reduction efforts and to narrow the applicable countries undercuts US moral authority and evidence about what works for a more stable world. Congress must uphold its commitment to foreign assistance and to the American people, and reject these dangerous proposals from the White House. About WaterAid: WaterAid is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping the world's poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. WaterAid works in 34 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with toilets and sanitation. WaterAid.org
News Article | May 23, 2017
So far, over 100,000 children are reached with education, over 250,000 school children have access to clean water and toilets and 100,000 women are empowered to start or expand their businesses. In addition, dialogues with governments have resulted in more resources to education and implementation of clean water, improved hygiene and sanitation in some of the poorest parts of the world. Due to the success of these programs, a renewed three-year commitment has been made. "We've seen that our programs can make real change and that makes both the H&M Foundation and our partner organizations very eager to move into the next stage. With our insights from the first three years, we are well-equipped to create even more impact together in the years to come," says Diana Amini, Global Manager, H&M Foundation. To make even more impact, all three programs include a component to break new ground. UNICEF will develop a tool to highlight the relevance of Early Childhood Development efforts for tolerance, cooperation and respect to prevent conflicts and bring communities together. CARE will launch a pioneering Global Report on the economic and social value of investing in women's enterprise development and WaterAid will share learnings and best practice on how to deliver long lasting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. "There is a constant need for new partnerships and innovative solutions and the H&M Foundation will continue to be a catalyst for positive change for the planet, communities and people. It is a long-term commitment from my family and this work has just begun," says Karl-Johan Persson, Board member, H&M Foundation and CEO H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB. In a recently launched Impact Report 2013-2016, H&M Foundation has compiled all its efforts so far, and the progress is also described in a short film. Note; The donations to the Global Programs are made in Swedish krona. USD amounts are based on the exchange rate 16 May 2017. About H&M Foundation The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.1 billion Swedish krona (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the Foundation. For more information, visit hmfoundation.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-hm-foundation-pledges-over-20-million-to-education-clean-water-and-womens-empowerment-300462323.html
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News Article | April 27, 2017
Les citernes pluviales et les composteurs de jardin sont deux des programmes qui ont été mis en place dans la province. Note aux rédacteurs : Une photo est associée avec ce communiqué de presse. L'institut canadien de plomberie et de chauffage (ICPC) a décerné au Fonds Éco IGA le prix national ICPC pour une utilisation efficiente de l'eau, en reconnaissance de son engagement à la cause de la conservation de l'eau, de ses partenariats environnementaux et de son programme de sensibilisation des consommateurs. C'est la troisième fois que ce prix est décerné depuis sa création en 2016. Il distingue une contribution exceptionnelle à l'amélioration de notre relation avec l'eau. « Les efforts déployés par IGA au Québec dans le but d'optimiser l'utilisation de l'eau sont une source d'inspiration car ils participent d'une détermination solidement ancrée et assortie d'objectifs bien précis », de dire Bill Palamar, président du CA de l'ICPC et président de Weil-McLain Canada. « Il y a toutes sortes de choses qu'on peut faire dans un jardin pour optimiser sa consommation d'eau, et il est bon d'encourager les familles, les quartiers, les entreprises locales et les entreprises internationales à y contribuer. C'est en reconnaissance de leurs efforts que nous leur décernons ce prix. » Le Fonds Éco IGA fait participer les consommateurs et les employés à plusieurs programmes : « L'eau est une ressource précieuse. Celle qu'on récupère dans les citernes pluviales peut servir à arroser le jardin, parmi bien d'autres utilisations. La collecte des eaux de pluie est une façon simple et pratique de protéger nos ressources naturelles et notre environnement », de dire Pierre Lussier, directeur du Fonds ÉCO IGA. En 2016, le premier prix ICPC pour une utilisation efficiente de l'eau a été remis à WaterAid Canada, en reconnaissance de ses efforts inlassables pour faciliter l'accès à de l'eau potable, à des installations sanitaires et à des toilettes dans les collectivités les plus pauvres de la planète. La même année, le Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre s'est également vu décerner le prix, en reconnaissance de sa contribution à la conservation de la vie aquatique, à l'éducation, à la recherche et à l'expérimentation de pratiques novatrices. Quelques mots sur l'Institut canadien de plomberie et de chauffage Fondé à Montréal en 1933, l'ICPC est une association à but non lucratif, qui s'emploie à offrir à ses membres les outils dont ils ont besoin pour réussir dans le contexte économique actuel. Plus de 260 entreprises sont membres de cette association professionnelle canadienne influente. Ce sont des fabricants, des distributeurs grossistes, des maîtres distributeurs, des agents de fabricants et des entreprises alliées qui fabriquent et distribuent des appareils sanitaires, du matériel de chauffage, des systèmes hydroniques, des TVR industriels, des équipements d'adduction d'eau et d'autres produits mécaniques. Les grossistes de l'ICPC exploitent plus de 700 entrepôts et salles d'exposition au Canada. Le chiffre d'affaires de l'industrie s'élève à plus de 6,5 milliards de dollars par an, et les membres de l'ICPC emploient plus de 20 000 personnes dans tout le Canada. Pour voir la photo associée avec ce communiqué de presse, veuillez visitez le lien suivante : http://www.marketwire.com/library/20170427-ecoiga.jpg
News Article | May 30, 2017
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 30, 2017) - Today, the H&M Foundation and WaterAid are embarking on the second phase of our global partnership for safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world's poorest communities, with the goal to achieve long-term transformational change and improved living conditions. The program expands on an initiative that began in 2014. In the second phase of WaterAid's partnership with the H&M Foundation, we are broadening the scope with a holistic approach to enable sustainable access to water and sanitation services to people in their communities, in their homes, at healthcare facilities and in schools. The primary goal of this global program is to improve the wellbeing and living conditions for some of the world's poorest people by focusing on sustainable solutions. At the local level, we will be working in four target countries; Cambodia, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Uganda. Although our goals are similar in all four countries, given varying cultural, social and economic contexts, this will be done through different approaches and activities. By drawing on best practices, case studies and lessons learned from the work in these countries, WaterAid will seek to further the sustainability agenda globally through advocacy and the influencing of key stakeholders on national and global levels for sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services. WaterAid and the H&M Foundation partnered in 2014 on a three-year program to bring transformational change for more than 250,000 students across the world. The program also engaged a wide range of partners and helped influence and update national education policies in the countries where we were working, as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals. The H&M Foundation donated 60 million SEK to WaterAid between 2014-2017, and now embarking on the second phase, the foundation will donate another 60 million SEK between 2017-2020. Jennifer Membreno, WaterAid's Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships, comments on the partnership with H&M Foundation: "With funding from the H&M Foundation, we will be able to transform the lives of some of the world's poorest people by improving their wellbeing and living conditions -- not only today, but tomorrow and for many years to come. The program will showcase how targeted efforts can successfully contribute to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals and WaterAid's vision of a world where everyone, everywhere, will have safe water, decent toilets and improved hygiene." Diana Amini, Global Manager of the H&M Foundation, comments on the partnership with WaterAid: "Lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a huge global issue and a priority for the H&M Foundation. But it's not something that any single organization or company can solve -- it requires global collaboration by governments, NGOs, civil societies and businesses. By partnering with WaterAid we have been able to make a real difference to individuals and communities, but also to contribute to the systemic change needed globally and nationally." About WaterAid WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world's poorest communities. We work in partnership with local organisations and influence decision makers to maximise impact. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraidamerica.org, follow @WaterAidAmerica on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraidamerica. The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. It's an independent legal entity operating beyond the company's value chain with its own staff, strategy and board. The mission of the H&M Foundation is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with experienced organizations around the world, the H&M Foundation works within the areas of Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, we can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the family has donated SEK 1.1 billion (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the H&M Foundation.
News Article | November 5, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Nov 4, 2016) - WaterAid today celebrates President Obama's Executive Order, Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure from Infectious Disease Threats. The Order gives higher prominence and priority to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), an inter-governmental, multi-national initiative to prevent disease outbreaks; improve surveillance; and advance rapid, effective, and coordinated responses. Safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are important components of the Global Health Security Agenda and the stronger health systems, more resilient communities, and healthier world it envisions. As evidenced during the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2012, a lack of WASH in households and communities, which affects approximately one in ten people worldwide, allows for the spread of disease, from intermittent diarrhea to pandemic cholera. A lack of WASH in health facilities puts health care workers -- and their patients -- at risk of preventable illness and, as was the case with the recent Ebola outbreak, can decimate weak health systems. Fewer than half of health facilities in the developing world have safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene on premises. "We are thrilled that President Obama has prioritized the Global Health Security Agenda and its critical work. This initiative is so valuable in part because it recognizes the role of WASH in preventing and controlling infection in the first place," said Lisa Schechtman, Director of Policy and Advocacy for WaterAid America. "The Global Health Security Agenda is a reflection of two important government mandates in one program: the need to protect Americans at home, knowing that diseases do not respect national borders; and the promise to help the poorest and most vulnerable people worldwide live healthy, productive and safe lives." WASH is also critical to achieving the Global Health Security Agenda's commitments to addressing antimicrobial resistance. According to a recent Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, supported by the UK Government, access to safe water and sanitation could reduce by 60% the number of diarrhea cases treated with antibiotics. This, in turn, reduces the risk of resistance developing. Since 2014, the Global Health Security Agenda has been led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with other Federal Agencies and 55 governments around the world, without the security of a legal, executive, or budgetary framework to enable it to continue its important work. With today's Executive Order, President Obama has helped ensure that progress can continue. WaterAid thanks President Obama, and calls upon the next President of the United States to ensure ongoing commitment to this Executive Order, as well as sufficient funding for the Global Health Security Agenda and for all global WASH and health programs. About WaterAid WaterAid is the #1 ranked international non-profit dedicated to helping the people living in the world's poorest communities gain access to safe water, toilets and hygiene. WaterAid has programs and influence in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific region. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with toilets and sanitation. Connect with WaterAid at Facebook.com/WaterAidAmerica and on Twittter with @WaterAidAmerica, or find out more at WaterAid.org.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP-SICA | Phase: ENV.2010.3.1.1-3 | Award Amount: 2.00M | Year: 2011
The water and sanitation sector is not short of new and emerging technologies, but hardly any have been adopted into national strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa, nor have they been widely taken up by private enterprise. The contribution of new technologies to MDG targets appears therefore to have been minimal in the last 20 years. A key constraint to reaching the sector targets therefore appears to be the lack of systems to assess the potential of a technology and lack of ability to take new appropriate technologies to scale effectively. WASHTech seeks to address the problem through research on an innovatory process for assessing the potential and sustainability of a wide range of new technologies, and for designing successful strategies for scaling up. The overall development objective is for more effective investment in new technologies to achieve MDG targets. The project (WASHTECH) objective is to strengthen sector capacity to make effective investment in new technologies, through development of a framework which assesses the potential of new technologies introduced into innovative de-centralised systems. The project objective would be achieved through research producing two levels of outputs. The first level of outputs will consist of a widely applicable Technology Assessment Framework (TAF) and process that will provide a simple system and criteria for evaluating new technologies and their performance, identifying sustainability issues, and analysing approaches to introduction, innovation, diffusion and scaling up, including establishing of the required capacities in the three countries,: Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda. The second level of outputs depends on the TAF development and capacity building. They define strategies for innovation and scaling up, and the time-span and process needed to achieve successful up-take and sustainability.These outputs are both of direct use to the sector and are also an indication of the value and application of the framework
News Article | November 17, 2016
To Make A Big Stink About Diarrhea, Ask 'Em To Write A Poo-em How do you get people to discuss diarrhea? Ask them to write poetry about it. That's the idea behind Poo Haiku, a competition created by Defeat DD, a campaign dedicated to the eradication of diarrheal disease. Although everybody's had the runs, it's not something most folks talk about, says Hope Randall, digital communications officer for PATH's Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, which created DefeatDD to bring together resources on vaccines, nutrition, oral rehydration therapy, sanitation and more. Silence is a problem because diarrheal disease is a problem. It's the second-leading cause of death for children under the age of five. And it disproportionately affects kids in the developing world, where it's tougher to access safe water and medical care. Attention translates into more resources, Randall says, which is why Defeat DD wants to get people comfortable with words like "poo." Hence, the call for "poo-ets" to write "poo-ems." Turns out there are plenty of potty mouths eager to show off their creativity. For the third Poo Haiku contest, which wrapped up on Nov. 4, Twitter was flush with submissions — a record 146 poo-ems, Randall boasts. The prize? Social media fame and the chance to be featured in DefeatDD's 2017 calendar, which will be shaped like a toilet. Most contributions came from the global health world. Take, for example, this winning entry from Kat Kelley of the Global Health Technologies Coalition, which references a recent study published in The Lancet: Just six pathogens But eighty percent of kids' Diarrheal deaths. Currently, there's only a vaccine for one of these six pathogens — rotavirus, Randall notes. So DefeatDD is pushing for investment in vaccines to fight two more, ETEC, a type of E. coli bacteria, and Shigella. The other pressing item on the DefeatDD agenda, Randall says, is the need to address the fact that even kids who survive diarrhea often deal with long-term consequences. Randall herself penned an entry on that topic: Some Poo Haiku are more emotional than informational. Alanna Imbach, media relations manager for WaterAid, offers a good reminder that behind the stats, there are individual children out there facing hurdles to hygiene: She is just a girl Out looking for a toilet Trying not to fear. Other "poo-ems" will put a smile on your face, promises Randall, who's partial to this one from a fifth grader who learned about Poo Haiku at school: Go now, Mister Poo Hurry, quick to the toilet, When done wash your hands. The ultimate winner, of course, is the fight against diarrheal disease. "As simple as it sounds, these kinds of words are so rarely used in polite discourse," Randall says, noting that anything that helps poo become public makes the campaign a success. Although the contest is now over, Randall would love to see people continue to share poo-ems through Saturday, which is World Toilet Day — the annual reminder that 2.4 billion people don't have access to a toilet. Check out all of the poo-ems, including some videos, by searching for the hashtag #poohaiku on Twitter.
Agency: GTR | Branch: NERC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 291.60K | Year: 2015
Extending and sustaining access to safe and reliable water services remains central to improving the health and livelihoods of poor people, particularly women, in Africa. Here an estimated 350 million rural inhabitants still have no form of safe drinking water, and depend on poor quality unreliable sources for all their domestic needs. Improving access to water, and helping to achieve new international goals of universal access to safe water hinges on accelerated development of groundwater resources, usually through drilling boreholes and equipping them with handpumps. However, emphasis on new infrastructure has obscured a hidden crisis of failure, with >30% of new sources non-functional within 5-years and many more unreliable. This problem has remained stubbornly persistent over the last four decades, with little sign of sustained progress despite various interventions. Part of the reason for this continued failure is the lack of systematic investigations into the complex multifaceted reasons for failure and therefore the same mistakes are often repeated. The accumulated costs to governments, donors and above all rural people are enormous. Addressing the functionality crisis requires a step-change in understanding of what continues to go wrong. The complex issue must be approached from a truly interdisciplinary viewpoint: combining innovative natural sciences to assess the availability of local water resources and how this changes with seasons and climate; with detailed social science research of how local communities function and make decisions about managing their infrastructure; and understanding of how the engineered structures can degenerate. Underlying these reasons for source failure may be other contributory factors, such as government incentives, the role of the donor community, or long term changes in the demand for water. The overall aim of the project is to build a robust, multi-country evidence base on the causes of the unacceptably high rates of groundwater system and service failure and use this knowledge to deliver a step-change in future functionality. To achieve this aim, our research draws on a novel interdisciplinary approach using the latest thinking and techniques in both natural and social science and applies them to three African countries that have struggled for decades with service sustainability - Uganda, Ethiopia and Malawi. There are five main objectives:1.to provide a rigorous definition of functionality of water points which accounts for seasonality, quality and expectations of service; 2. to apply this new definition to Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi to get a more realistic picture of water point functionality and therefore water coverage figures; 3. to investigate in detail 50 water points in each country by taking apart the water points and pumps, testing the local groundwater conditions, examining the renewability of groundwater and exploring in detail the local water committee; 4. we will also build on this information to forecast future rural water supply coverage by modelling the impact on water points of various potential future pathways; and 5. finally we will use all this information to develop an approach for building resilience into future rural water supply programmes and helping people decide when it is worth rehabilitating failed sources. To carry out this ground breaking research we have brought together a consortium, led by the British Geological Survey, of leading interdisciplinary UK researchers at BGS, KCL, ODI and Cambridge with groundwater academics from three highly regarded African universities (Universities of Addis Ababa, Mekerere and Malawi), and WaterAid, a leading NGO on developing rural water supply services across Africa with a history of innovation. The research has the potential to have a major impact on the delivery of reliable clean water throughout Africa, and if the results can be taken up widely break the pattern of repeated failure.