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Katie Whitehouse

Katie Whitehouse

Katie is Global Advisor Urban WASH & Markets. She works with the Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team to support the implementation of a global programme funded by OFDA to improve how we utilise market-based approaches for urban WASH in emergencies including refining the process, capacity building, knowledge sharing and programme development across key trial countries in Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Bringing a market-based approach to humanitarian response design

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Oxfam has been working with the BEAM Exchange to find out how market-based programming can be applied to WASH based programmes. Katie Whitehouse shares how it works. There is a movement catalysing within the humanitarian community calling for increased consideration of local market systems when preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies. The movement is towards market-based programming. The …

Residents collect water from a communal pipe, right next to an open sewer and drain

The forgotten nexus of sanitation, hygiene & water: Is this the inhibitor to progress?

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In the lead-up to World Toilet Day, Oxfam’s Katie Whitehouse looks at how water, sanitation, hygiene and development are connected. n the 1800s, towns and cities across the world, including London, were battling cholera epidemics. Before John Snow published his theory in 1849 that cholera was a waterborne disease, efforts to manage poor sanitation and hygiene were minimal. The realisation …

Making standards practical is critical to sanitation innovation for rapidly expanding urban areas in developing countries

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WASH solutions can only implemented when they work in context. Coming up to World Toilet Day, Katie Whitehouse explains why, in some cases, standards may not be achievable. ontainer based sanitation social enterprises are pushing the boundaries in decentralised sanitation management and yet continue to be classified as an unimproved form of sanitation. There are social enterprises – Sanivation, SOIL, …

Building latrines in Logan Town, Liberia.

Toilet access is dominating programme delivery but what is the point of building more toilets if we cannot manage them?

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Tomorrow is World Toilet Day and here, Katie Whitehouse looks at how building a toilet isn’t the end of the story and we need sustainable approaches to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Building a toilet and marking it as a metric achieved is relatively easy. Building a toilet and ensuring that it is continuously serviced and the waste collected transported …