What I’ve learned in 10 years of working to make water, sanitation and hygiene inclusive

by Louisa Gosling on 3 December 2021 on WaterAid WASHmatters, originally a keynote speech at the 42nd WEDC Conference

Are we doing enough to make water, sanitation and hygiene services as inclusive as possible? Louisa Gosling shares her reflections on how far we have come, and what else we need to achieve.

I started working on equality, inclusion and rights in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in 2011. The challenge then, as it is now, was to do three things:

  • To raise awareness of inequalities and exclusion by encouraging people working on WASH to think about the different needs of different people and understand the barriers they face.
  • To develop the skills and confidence of WASH professionals.
  • To get WASH professionals to recognise the limits of their expertise so that they reach out to others who can help find solutions.
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Investment in rural water supply delivers results – NEW RWSN briefing note on the new JMP report

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Find out how rural water supplies have changed around the world since 1990

The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) of UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have just released a new report: 25 Year Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water – 2015 Update report and MDG Assessment

We have pulled together a 2-side briefing note that pulls out some of the headline figures and conclusion on rural water supply. Please download it from:

http://www.rural-water-supply.net/_ressources/documents/default/1-674-2-1435935827.pdf   (0.9 MB)

The new figures from JMP show that most countries have achieved substantial progress towards achieving universal access to water for their citizens.

84% of people living in rural areas now have access to a safe water source in 2015 (up from 62% in 1990)

  • “The number of people without access in rural areas has decreased by over half a billion” (1990-2015)
  • 17 Countries achieved 100% improved access (1990 – 2015) in rural areas
  • Global rural-urban disparities have decreased but large gaps remain – 8 out of ten people without access to an improved water source live in rural areas
  • Good progress in most regions but Oceania lags behind and Sub-Saharan Africa has little piped-on-premises improvement

Find out more by downloading the briefing note – and guess which country made the biggest percentage gain in improved access for its rural population?  I almost guarantee it won’t what you expected!

http://www.rural-water-supply.net/_ressources/documents/default/1-674-2-1435935827.pdf

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