The journey and challenges in measuring sustainable water in Oxfam’s impact evaluations with the HWISE Network

Jaynie Vonk Real Geek, Water

“It’s easy to see that water is an issue the world over. Either too much, too little or unsafe” How can we effectively measure sustainable water? How can we understand the impact and effectiveness of our work in relation to water insecurity?  For World Water Day 2020, The Real Geek Series discusses how research, measurement and evaluation are essential tools …

Ripple Effects: women in Nepal and Bangladesh forge their own paths in water governance

Suman Gupta Gender, Water, Women's Economic Empowerment

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and World Water Day (March 22nd), this episode discusses how water systems and water governance are deeply intertwined with women’s lives in riverine communities in Bangladesh and Nepal. We learn about women’s rarely discussed roles in fisheries and how River Camps in Bangladesh offer supportive environments for women to meet with leaders …

How smart technology can ensure a continuous water supply

Amy Moran Water

Providing accessible, safe, sustainable water and sanitation services to everyone on the planet is one of the most critical development challenges we face. This podcast focuses on how smart technology is being used in Kenya and the work that Oxfam and Diaspora AI are doing in the informal settlements of Nairobi. It showcases how it can ensure a more consistent …

Improving the sustainability of water supply schemes in Nepal

Susanna Griffiths Private sector, WASH Impact Series, Water

[buzzsprout episode=’2559190′ player=’true’] This podcast focuses on the alternative models we used to boost the profitability and sustainability of rural water supply schemes in Nepal. We speak to Anjil Adhikari who is an Innovation Advisor working for Oxfam on water sanitation and hygiene, and Jessica Graf who is Managing Director of LeFil Consulting. They talk about how they worked together …

When failure is an option

Lyndsay Stecher Innovation, Private sector, Research, Water

Innovative, unfiltered, and impact-driven. Lyndsay Stecher describes what it means for Oxfam to work in partnership with trusts and foundations. Everything we do at Oxfam is possible because of funding. We are not naïve to the fact that this has an impact on programme decisions. Funding provides great opportunities, but when misapplied, it can also drive the wrong priorities. Last …

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it: Quality in WASH responses

James Brown Emergencies, Emergency, General, Humanitarian, Methodology, WASH Impact Series, Water, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

As we launch our WASH Impact Series, Oxfam’s Quality Assurance Project Manager, James Brown introduces a new global initiative to help organisations focus on achieving quality in humanitarian WASH responses. What would a quality assurance system for humanitarian WASH programming look like? That’s the question being explored by the Quality Assurance and Accountability Project, a Global WASH Cluster initiative led …

Using micro-hydro power for irrigation and energy in Nepal

Oxfam Food & livelihoods, Innovation, Water

LEARNING: Could micro-hydro power bring sustainable energy to remote villages around the world? Public Health Engineer Anjil Adhikari explains how Oxfam has been involved in bringing electricity to a village in Nepal through a micro-hydro project. Until two months ago Jayathala village in Darchula District Nepal had no electricity. At night they burned Jharro (resin soaked pine wood) for light, …

Container based sanitation could solve the world’s toilet problems

Oxfam Health, Innovation, Water

LEARNING: Oxfam recently hosted its first International Toilet Summit, where participants were challenged to think big about one of the world’s biggest sanitation challenges: how to get a toilet into every household which currently lacks one. Container based sanitation could well be the solution as Brian McSorley, WASH Coordinator, explains. Our first ever toilet summit was organised jointly with Sanergy, …

Improving sanitation in Kenya: toilets have become an obsession

Brian McSorely Water

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: In Kenya a child dies every 17 minutes of a preventable disease caused by diarrhoea. Brian McSorley, WASH Coordinator, is passionate about providing clean water and sanitation, here he explains what this involves in Oxfam’s Kenya programme. I spend a lot of my time looking into toilets. Some people have suggested toilets have become an obsession …

850,000 success stories for World Water Day

Oxfam Water

NEWS: The Oxfam-led SWIFT Consortium has successfully completed the first phase of a programme to bring sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to communities in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On World Water Day, SWIFT’s global programme manager Francesco Rigamonti considers whether implementing a Payment by Results WASH programme has to mean focusing on numbers rather than people. …