Archive for the ‘NGO’ Category

Where do yo shit by @WaterForPeple

Tue, 14Jan2014 Comments off

Great video! by Water For People, sure there are a lot of little details not mentioned, but you can not do better for a 5 minute video.


Toilet Revolution: Shyama V. Ramani at TEDxMaastricht

Mon, 16Sep2013 Comments off

This is one of the best Sanitation/ Global Health stories we have seen lately. Delivered in a  very pleasurable consumable format, by a great speaker who make the topic reachable to a board spectrum of professionals and people. It’s antidotal in nature, while being universal in the realities of solving a village’s sanitation issues. Shyama has an honesty that needs to be incorporated into the newly developing transparency practices oft the world’s NGOs . This talk needs to be shown to the NGO’s and their altruistic “minions” before they venture out to help their global brothers and sisters.

The story starts out after audience imagining life with out toilets with Shyama explaining how she as pure novice, walks into a coastal village after a tsunami, and realizes she must bring the villages toilets back.

She learns along the way  “…2.4 billion people don’t even have access to a toilet that functions, 1 billion don’t have access to any toilet the just have to defecate anywhere they can …” Thus the “….lack of waste management and toilets is making a killer that we are not talking about enough … diarrhea…. the number one killer in most developing countries…”

She Googles and contacts “experts” to educates herself with the facts to get the job done  or so she thinks.

Upon the last new toilet being being initiated with a squat of a villager behind closed doors, Shyama, unlike many of the NGO’s, does not walked away.  The core of her captivating story is what happens afterward … The door is opened, the veil of naivety is exposed and lifted. Where/when most project fall into failure, she and her partner begins the long diagnostic/prognostic/improvement cycle.

Shyama  reminds us it is a an effort that is ongoing with more to learn and invites us to come back… It will be a crime if we do not see the next installment of this story as it continues to unfold.

Essential and very practical points abound within her story. One that are be showing up in other stories from around the world- and  hopepfully becoming a  din that must be addressed. With some paraphrasing, here are a few I see tucked in her tail:
1 NGO’s can’t do it alone and succeed; the villagers are needed – with a vastly redefined roll for NGOs.
2 Technical experts/ engineers may not be the social experts – both are needed.
3 Toilets at the onset are not alway seen as valuable/desirable assets. Education is needed before during and after
4 Women and men of the villages do not have the same perspective on sanitation. The project must address both separately as well as together .
5 Villages without ongoing support services will quickly have “…fossils of abandoned stinking toilets allover…”
6 Schools as an institution do not just naturally promote and desire ecosan toilets. They must also be nurtured. (details not addressed in this piece – but would be important to learn more about)
7 Building heathy social stimulus/pressure/ pride must be part of the scope
8 People who want the toilet must be educated on use and care
9 The villagers must be part of the economic model – the social model. Such pieces as manufacturing / construction/ distribution/ sales/ support / education/ promotion/ etc
10 Microfinance is a viable solution – (a work in progress in the story)
11 Toilets can provide a financially valuable natural resource – fertilizer
12 This all makes it a slower road, but it is a viable road, unlike the fast road the many NGO’s are building.
13 100% may be the target but  80% is a not a bad number to start with- and even that require lots of work.

Shyama  reminds us it’s a an effort that is ongoing and invites us to come back ,so to speak.  It will be a crime if we do not see the next installment of this story as it continues to unfold.


Homage to Peter Morgan 2013 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

Tue, 03Sep2013 Comments off

Stockholm, Sweden – Dr. Peter Morgan has been named the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his work to protect the health and lives of millions of people through improved sanitation and water technologies.

H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will present the prize to Dr. Peter Morgan at a Royal Award Ceremony during the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm on September 5.

Over the past four decades, Dr. Morgan has invented and advanced low-cost practical solutions to provide access to safe sanitation and clean water that are being used by millions of people worldwide.

“Many currently existing solutions to provide clean water and sanitation are unaffordable, impractical and out of reach for the world’s poorest people,” said the Stockholm Water Prize Committee in its citation. “As a result of Dr. Morgan’s pioneering work to develop practical water and sanitation technologies for those most in need, countless communities now enjoy safer water, a cleaner environment and quality of life.” more: site  or  pdf press release and Highlights from ceremony 

Relate YouTube interviews and stories


Related books/pubs

Related Companies / Organizations

Aquamor (Private) Limited

” is a small private research and development company based in the city of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. This website was originally established in 2001 to describe the work of Peter Morgan who has been involved in research and development within the rural water supply, hygiene and sanitation sector for nearly 40 years. Most of the research work, has been undertaken in Zimbabwe, but the results of this are being applied in several countries in Africa as well as Zimbabwe. The main role of Aquamor is to explore new ideas, concepts and technologies which move the “state of the art” of this sector forward. … more”

Blair Research Laboratory

The lab was renamed in 2011 to the National Institute of Health Research NIHR under  The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare more details on renaming…


Learn more about Stockholm Water Prize and previous Laureates

Learn more about The Stockholm International Water Institute

Unite For Sight’s Global Health University offers more than 20 online certificate programs

Thu, 29Aug2013 Comments off

press release

Did you know that Unite For Sight’s Global Health University offers more than 20 online certificate programs?  Unite For Sight is a nonprofit organization committed to excellence in global health, and the online certificate programs are designed to develop and nurture current and future global health leaders.  After enrolling, participants may complete the certificate coursework at their own pace.  Please feel free to forward this message to colleagues, students, and friends who may be interested in the online course materials.


Eligibility, Enrollment, and Cost

Enrollment in the Certificate in Global Health is available to any student or professional who is interested in global health. The total cost to enroll in the Global Health Certificate Program is $65.

To enroll, please submit your registration fee online at, and we will provide you with access to the Global Health Certificate Program within one business day.

There is not a deadline for completion, and you may work on the coursework at your own pace.


meetup: Urban sanitation in low income countries: what are the main lessons learned

Wed, 07Aug2013 Comments off

press  release

Title: Urban sanitation in low income countries: what are the main lessons learned by INGO’s from past failures or successes?


By:  SanCoP UK

When: Wednesday 11th September, 4-7pm

Where: London (exact location TBC once numbers are confirmed.)

Reservation: please send an email to if you wish to attend.


Urban contexts are very challenging and require specific adaptations of the approaches used by INGOs for the sanitation component of their WASH programmes. Important practical lessons can be learned from past experiences including failures. This event firstly aims to brings together representatives from INGOs and the WASH community to discuss their experiences of interventions relating to sanitation in urban areas within low-income countries (both successes and failures). Once experiences have been shared the session will look to identify and discuss possible solutions to any limitations found.


It is hoped that as many participants as possible will present examples of their experiences (both positive and negative) in urban sanitation to the workshop and round table discussions will take place to identify how interventions could have been improved and in moving forward how urban sanitation could be better tackled by INGO’s.



the next SanCoP UK event will be hosted by Cranfield University on Wednesday 20th November 2013 with the broad theme of ‘Behaviour Change in Sanitation’. Cranfield University will be organising a bus from Milton Keynes train station on the day to make transfer to the University site easier. The following day  (21st) Cranfield will be hosting a young researchers in WASH conference which may also be of interested to some of our members. More details of both events will be shared shortly- but please get the dates in your diaries.

half-a-dozen(+) Sanitation infographics – WATSAN /WASH

Fri, 14Jun2013 Comments off

Here are a half-a-dozen…well 3/4 of a dozen  infographics  on WATSAN/WASH/sanitation

There are more on our Pinterest WATSAN board 

 Raising Awareness about Proper Sanitation

World toilet day poster – UNICEF
Site: Facebook page:

From – “Water and Women (and Girls!)”


Reinvent the Toilet (original Gates Foundation link of image not available)
Gates Foundation WASH Site:

Breaking the Taboo of the Loo

From The World Poverty Project : Breaking the Taboo of the Loo

 Access to water and sanitation

From – Access to water and sanitation

From’s Field guide to toilets

What Your Poop and Pee Are Telling You About Your Body
Possible origins of graphic :

From From head to toe: anatomy of a girl’s health

Putting Poop In Its Place: The Problems With Bad Global Sanitation


What’s a Toilet Worth? by World Bank & The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)


A half dozen infographics on WATER

Sat, 01Jun2013 4 comments

From CNN posted on sekumapter blog –

The only way to understand and appreciate the importance of water to our lives is to look at the data flow. | Illustration by Francesco Franchi

Water, 21st century challenges from


The threat of a global water shortage By Dan Jones

c Infographic (1 of 2) : 10 Things You Should Know About Water from

Infographic: 10 Things You Should Know About Water (2 of 2):

Water Way To Go from

Water consumption: UK v Turkana, Africa from Practical Action

S a n i t a t i o n

Linking the drops of knowledge to form a stream of WASH information: WATSAN, Sanitation, Water, Hygiene, and Global Health

WASH Finance

Costs and funding of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for all


Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH

Ross Bailey's Blog

Campaigns and digital innovations

Brown, White and Blue

Itinerant New York moves to India and attempts journalist improvement. Hilarity ensues.


A Page from Tom Paulson

Global Health, Science and Journalism


Just another site

Source News Service Feedback's Blog

Focus Group Interviews to mesure spread, use and impact of IRC Services

Sustainable Sanitation in Emergency & Reconstruction

News of developments and innovations - collected by SuSanA working group 8

Peter J Bury 4 IRC

A journey into a "using a Blog for work" experience @ IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

Insourced- Dr. Kate Tulenko

Thoughts on a healthier world

The Political Economy of Water Project

About water politics, economics, and other issues surrounding this vital resource.

Dutch Indian Heritage

Sharing history

Environmental Engineering Engenharia do Ambiente

This group aims sharing opportunities between Environmental Engineers / Este grupo tem como objectivo partilhar oportunidades entre profissionais de Engenharia do Ambiente (English / Português)

Global Health Dispatch

Diaries from the Field

WashMedia-South Asia

Forum of South Asian journalists working on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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