Water Fund for water supply and soil conservation

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  • Water Fund to benefit conservation

    “The water fund mobilises people involved in water catchment conservation to use scientifically-proven methods to maintain a green infrastructure.”

    Fred Kihara, The Nature Conservancy’s Nairobi Water Fund

    Speed read

    • About 60 per cent of Nairobi’s residents lack access to a reliable water supply
    • A new water fund is expected to increase water supply and soil conservation
    • An expert says periodic checking of water quality could help know its impact

    A new project that aims to deliver sustained water supply to over 9.3 million people while conserving the environment has been launched today in Kenya.

    The project, known as Nairobi Water Fund, has been described as the first in Africa by its implementing partners, and is expected to generate US$21.5 million in long-term benefits to Kenyan consumers, farmers and businesses.

    It is being implemented through a public-private partnership led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which has its headquarters in the United States.

    According to TNC, 60 per cent of Nairobi’s residents lack access to a reliable water supply, with the problem expected to become worse through unpredictable rainfall resulting from climate change.

    “Water funds are founded on the principle that it is cheaper to prevent water problems at the source than it is to address them further downstream,” TNC adds.

    Read the full article: SciDevNet

Securing Water for Food

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Africa: Securing Water for Food – a Grand Challenge for Development Announces Third Call for Innovations

United States Agency for International Development (Washington, DC)

9 MARCH 2015


Competition seeks innovations to improve water and food security, gender equality to receive up to $3 million in funding and acceleration support

Today at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (MFA-NL) announced the third call for groundbreaking innovations under Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.

This $12.5 million global call for proposals has an increased focus on cutting-edge, advanced technologies and business models, as well as innovations that prioritize the engagement of women. As part of USAID’s new Middle East Water Security Initiative, an additional $2.5 million will be available for innovations implemented in the MENA region.

“By 2050, Global water demand expected to increase by 55 percent, and 70 percent of global water use occurs in food production,” said Christian Holmes USAID’s Global Water Coordinator. “Through a catalytic use of aid, Securing Water for Food will be able to capture and support the implementation of innovative ideas and new technologies for better water efficiency and sustainable development.”

Read the full article: allAfrica


We will have to scale up water and sanitation access (SEMIDE / EMWIS)

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Study Reveals Large, Untapped Potential for Water and Sanitation Services for the World’s Poor

Many of the poorest, un-served people in developing countries, for whom public water and sanitation services are out of reach, could increasingly rely on service provision through the domestic private sector.  Tapping the Markets: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Water and Sanitation for the Poor, a new report today released by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), finds that this will not only improve their livelihoods but is also an enormous market potential which waits to be tapped.

Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to sanitation and at least 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Global estimates of economic losses from the lack of access to water and sanitation are estimated at US$260 billion every year.  “The public sector alone cannot meet this massive challenge; if we want to end extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40%, we will have to scale up water and sanitation access,” said WSP Manager Jae So. “And to do that, both the public and private sector will need to work together.”

One of the most striking findings of the report is the enormous market potential. Focusing only on Bangladesh, Benin, and Cambodia, about 20 million people are projected to obtain their water from rural piped water schemes by 2025. That is 10 times the current number, a market worth at least US$90 million a year. On the sanitation side, there is a potential US$700 million Bottom of the Pyramid market in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Peru, and Tanzania.  The current total market for improved on-site sanitation services in these four countries is estimated to be worth US$2.6 billion.


Three-quarters of Asia-Pacific nations ‘lack water security’ (SciDevNet)

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Three-quarters of Asia-Pacific nations ‘lack water security’

Prime Sarmiento and Shaira Panela

[MANILA] About 75 per cent of emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region suffer from low levels of water security, with millions still living without safe water supplies and sanitation facilities, according to a study published this week (13 March).

The Asian Water Development Outlook 2013, prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia Pacific Water Forum, showed that out of the 49 countries surveyed, 37 are facing serious water crises.

The study blamed rising populations, urbanisation, lack of governmental investment and outdated policies and institutions, among other factors, for failing to provide communities with adequate sanitation services and access to safe, piped water.


15 commitments that should be undertaken (IPS)

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Reduce Inequalities to Boost Health, WHO Says

By Fabíola Ortiz

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) – Economic status, education, access to clean water and sanitation, nutrition and the environment determine the level of health of persons, communities or countries, and so does the extent to which rights are enjoyed or denied.

The World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, held Oct. 19-21 in Brazil, defined 15 commitments that should be undertaken by governments, international organisations, the private sector and civil society.

The final document, the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health (Rio Declaration), calls for better governance for health and development, with transparent decision-making and social participation. Governments are urged to develop policies and measure progress towards defined goals.

Close to 30 percent of the world population lacks access to medicines, and illness and death could be prevented in some 30 million people a year, four million of whom live in Africa.

The goal is to reduce inequalities, taking on board challenges like climate change, food security, the health of women and children, non-communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS and other serious ailments.

But the declaration is not binding. “A great platform of dialogue and successful practices is being created. The conference is a continuation of what began in 2005 and is still ongoing,” Paulo Buss, the coordinator of the international relations centre of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) and one of the organisers of the World Health Organisation (WHO) conference, told IPS.

The idea is to carry out another evaluation of actions taken, and the extent to which countries have fulfilled their national plans, by 2015.


The need to realize the human right to water and sanitation (NGO News Africa)

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Ghana: Right to Water and Sanitation Vital for Achieving Anti-Poverty Goals

Top United Nations officials has stressed the need to realize the human right to water and sanitation, stating that it is critical not only to a life of dignity but also to achieving progress in the areas such as poverty reduction, boosting child health and combating diseases. In July 2010, the General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.

Worldwide almost 900 million people do not have access to clean water and more than 2.6 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. Studies also indicate about 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year and 443 million school days are lost because of water- and sanitation-related diseases.

“For millions of people, access to safe water and sanitation is an urgent need for development,” Assembly President Joseph Deiss said as he opened a plenary meeting on the subject.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of targets for reducing social and economic ills, all by 2015, includes the goals of halving the proportion of people who cannot reach or afford safe drinking water and halving the number who do not have basic sanitation.



Zimbabwe : Poor rainfall and the flushing of raw sewage and industrial waste into waterways (AfricaFiles / IRIN)

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Zimbabwe: Making the water safe

Summary & Comment: Organizations and governments are combining forces to improve the water infrastucture in Zimbabwe. Poor rainfall and the flushing of raw sewage and industrial waste into waterways has done much damage to the health of the surrounding communities. CJW

Author: IRIN
Date Written: 1 July 2011
Primary Category: Zimbabwe
Document Origin: IRIN
Secondary Category: Health and AIDS
Source URL: http://www.irinnews.org/
Key Words: sanitation, water treatment, infrastructure, cholera



A combined effort by donor agencies, foreign governments, local organizations and the Zimbabwean government is slowly improving the water infrastructure while reducing the chances that cholera will return. The UN Children’s agency (UNICEF) agreed to supply water treatment chemicals until the end of June 2011 but this has been extended until March 2012, by which time it is hoped that the local government authorities will be able to purchase their own water treatment chemicals. “Thus far, water treatment chemicals worth over US$10 million have been procured, including over 25,000 tonnes of aluminium sulphate, 700 tonnes of chlorine and 230 tonnes of high test hypochlorite,” UNICEF said in response to written questions from IRIN.

Workshop on equitable access to water and sanitation (IISD)

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Please find attached the information notice and call for contributions to the workshop on equitable access to water and sanitation that will be held in Geneva on 4 and 5 July 2011, in the framework of the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health.


With the aim to support the realization of the human right to water and sanitation, the workshop will address inequities in access to water and sanitation that are still widespread in the pan-European region:
– Geographical disparities: in many countries people living in rural or remote areas have significantly lower levels of access to safe water and improved sanitation;
– Affordability constraints: in some countries, people with low incomes often find access to water and sanitation unaffordable; this situation will be exacerbated as countries move towards full cost recovery of water and sanitation services;
– Inequities suffered by vulnerable and marginalized groups, as well as groups with specific needs (such as Roma and Travellers, ethnic minorities, disabled persons, etc.) who face additional barriers to access than those of ordinary citizens. Continue reading “Workshop on equitable access to water and sanitation (IISD)”

WaSH Survey (IISD)

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Researchers at U.S.-based universities and organizations that are concerned with water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges in developing countries have begun to explore ways to expand, better coordinate, and increase support for universities’ international WASH activities. They recently formed the Consortium of US Universities and Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene to meet these aims, and have developed this survey to identify and aggregate universities’ WASH activities and partnerships in developing countries. U.S. Government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of State and USAID, have also become increasingly interested in the contributions that U.S. universities make to WASH in developing countries, and information from this survey may help support their efforts to strengthen U.S. Government WASH activities.

This link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F27HCWD will lead you to a very brief survey that is intended to collect preliminary information about faculty and student engagement in drinking water, sanitation, and/or hygiene activities. Continue reading “WaSH Survey (IISD)”

Water suppliers “unfair to the poor” (IRINNews)

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KENYA: Water suppliers “unfair to the poor”

NAIROBI, 8 November 2010 (IRIN) – The poor in Kenya pay more for water than the rich, but even then millions do not have enough, mainly because provision is skewed, an advocacy group has said.

“The absence of a formula-based approach to budget allocation at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has led to large inequities for water access in Kenya, with the poor paying more compared with the rich, and millions of citizens going without adequate access every day,” James Nduko, the Kenya programme manager of Twaweza, an NGO, said on 5 November at the release of a report, It’s Our Water Too! Bringing Greater Equity in Access to Water in Kenya.

“Our analysts have aggregated facts from a range of credible sources that demonstrate that persistent inequalities in access to water services in Kenya can be quickly reduced if an approach that links investment and resource allocation to needs rather than political weight is adopted and implemented.”

Corruption accusations Continue reading “Water suppliers “unfair to the poor” (IRINNews)”

MYANMAR: Coping with water scarcity (IRINNews)

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MYANMAR: Coping with water scarcity in the Ayeyarwady Delta

PYINKAYAING, 13 April 2010 (IRIN) – Water scarcity has become a daily challenge in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Delta in the dry season, with thousands still struggling after damage to water sources by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008.

The delta’s inhabitants traditionally source drinking water from rainwater harvesting, communal water ponds and tube and open wells, since most villages do not have access to piped water and nearby tidal rivers are saline.

The ponds help villagers during the dry season, which stretches from November to May, but can be insufficient.

Many ponds and wells were heavily salinated when a 3m tidal surge inundated much of the low-lying area when the cyclone struck.

Efforts to rehabilitate them are well under way. However, a 12 March forum on Nargis recovery held by the Tripartite Core Group (TCG) comprising the government, the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), heard that an estimated 180,000 people across three townships in the delta will probably see their primary water sources dry up during the dry season months of March and April.

While this is half the number of the 360,000 affected delta dwellers at risk from water shortages in 2009, agencies say more needs to be done. Continue reading “MYANMAR: Coping with water scarcity (IRINNews)”

Financial and Technical Cooperation between Germany and Uganda (NGO News Africa / GTZ)


Uganda: German action in Uganda

Financial and Technical Cooperation between Germany and Uganda goes back more than thirty years. German and Ugandan bilateral cooperation increased considerably when the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) declared Uganda a priority partner country. At their last negotiations in April 2007, the German and Ugandan counterparts agreed that this cooperation should be concentrated on three focal areas:

·         Finances
·         Water
·         Energy

However, this does not preclude GTZ from working in other fields. Projects continue in areas as varied as vocational training, refugee works, food security and justice, law and order. Poverty alleviation measures are given high priority within the national Poverty Eradication Action Plan. This provides the framework within which GTZ now cooperates with its Ugandan partners and pursues strategies to help them. Continue reading “Financial and Technical Cooperation between Germany and Uganda (NGO News Africa / GTZ)”

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