Towards a cleaner Bangladesh: Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all

Community-Led Total Sanitation might be the greatest Bangladeshi export you’ve never heard of.  In countries across Asia, Africa and lgsp1Latin America, a consensus has emerged that the best approach is Community-Led Total Sanitation, which is widely credited with changing people’s behavior around the world to no longer defecate in the open, which has greatly improved global health.
Bangladeshis can take plenty of pride in these far-away accomplishments. That’s because it is Northern Bangladesh – more specifically the Mosmoil village in Rajshahi district – that pioneered this approach seventeen years ago. Its success at home led to its widespread adoption abroad.

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The biggest bang for our limited water and sanitation buck: can investing in small towns lead the way?

While the share of poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa decreased from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2012, the region’s rapid population growth outpaced the decrease in the_biggest_bang_for_our_limited_water_and_sanitation_buck_investing_in_small_towns_-_graphpoverty, resulting in higher number of poor people than before. More specifically, Africa’s urban population is expected to triple in size in the next half century, which is putting pressure on scarce resources in cities, exacerbated by capacity, budget and governance bottlenecks. The densely-populated areas with low levels of water and sanitation services pose a serious threat to public health – cholera epidemics have broken out in urban areas in several African countries in recent years.

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Millions Around the World Held Back by Poor Sanitation and Lack of Access to Clean Water

New World Bank research from 18 countries shows urgent action on water and sanitation is key to tackle poverty 

STOCKHOLM, August 28, 2017– Reaching the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of wateraccess to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030 will require countries to spend $150 billion per year.  A fourfold increase in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) investments compared to what is spent today, this is out of reach for many countries, threatening progress on poverty eradication.

A World Bank report launched today at World Water Week titled Reducing Inequalities in Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals suggests that a drastic change is required in the way countries manage resources and provide key services, starting with better targeting to ensure they reach those most in need, and tackling inefficiencies to make sure public services are sustainable and effective.

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Building institutional capacity for rural sanitation: India’s Uttar Pradesh State

Uttar Pradesh (UP), India’s most populous state with about 200 million people, has up2historically not performed well on sanitation. According to census figures from 2001 and 2011, the proportion of rural UP dwellers with a toilet increased slightly during the first decade of this century. However, the population grew as well, meaning that, overall, 13 million more people were defecating in the open in 2011.

Factors which have held back UP’s progress on sanitation include poverty, absence of a robust sanitation strategy, and lack of focus and determination from decision-makers.

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eC2:Support to urban fecal sludge management (FSM) in Niamey city

Deadline: 31-Jan-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)waste water treament

More especially, the study is expected to help: (i) update the business model and review proposed PPP options for sludge collection and treatment; (ii) strengthen the capacity of the city of Niamey as granting authority and as regulator for sludge management; (iii) strengthen the capacity of the local private sector to participate in the sludge management business and to provide services according to the improved regulatory and management framework; and (iv) public relations and communications program to consumers and stakeholders to support the strategy.
The consultant will work in close collaboration with all actors involved in the fecal sludge management for the city of Niamey. The consultant will be available to the multi-sectoral steering committee organized for the purpose of this activity to advice the group.

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Year in Review: 2016 in 12 Charts (and a video)

Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the data reveals some of the challenges we face but also the progress we’ve made toward a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future. Here are 12 charts that help tell the stories of the year.

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Rajasthan tells an unexpected story of stopping open defecation under Swachh Bharat Mission

Rajasthan has become an unlikely frontrunner in sanitation.

Until recswachh_bharat_graph_1ently, it was among Indian states with the lowest rates of toilet coverage. With a difficult terrain, scarce water, and low levels of literacy, the slow pace of progress was not surprising.

Since 2011, that has changed. As shown in Figure 1, the proportion of people with access to a toilet has more than trebled – from under 20 percent to nearly 68 percent. Of 9,892 Gram Panchayats, the local level of government in India, almost a third – 3,545 – has been declared free of open defecation. That includes all Gram Panchayats in five of the state’s 33 districts, with more set to follow. What has gone right?

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The New Gold: Providing Quality Water and Sanitation in Bulgaria

STORY HIGHLIGHTS ( Full WB Article )bg-water-story2
  • Almost all Bulgarians have access to drinking water in their homes, but a significant number of people still suffer seasonal rationing due to incomplete construction of dams.
  • The World Bank–supported Municipal Infrastructure Development Project will guarantee a reliable and high-quality water supply for 170,000 Bulgarians through the completion of three dams.
  • Two unfinished dams will be completed under this project, while a third will be rehabilitated.

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eC2:Egypt Water, Sanitation and Consumer Protection Agency (EWRA)

Deadline: 20-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this consultancy assignment is therefore to build the capacity of EWRA to undertake its responsibilities as regulator. The Consultant hired under this TOR is tasked with the following: 1) Performing a diagnostic assessment of the capacity needs of EWRA; 2) Assisting EWRA in drafting executive regulations and testing their application in the three Governorates participating in Egypt Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program (SRSSP) funded by the World Bank

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eConsultant2: Scaling Up Rural Sanitation Campaign in India

Deadline: 08-Mar-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this assignment is to engage a firm to extend technical support to Jharkhand state in scaling up rural sanitation for a period of two years, with a provision to_DSC8237 extend services if required.

The Technical Service Unit (TSU) will provide technical assistance to SBM rural program, including strengthening institutional capacity in areas like knowledge management, behavioral change communication , action learning, solid and liquid waste management options, program delivery, monitoring and verification systems and any other areas of demand as expressed by the state. It will work closely with the nodal department of SBM in the state, coordinate with district level functionaries and other stakeholders in the state and build and maintain strong partnerships with existing World Bank projects and other development partners that work at scale.
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