A water community group meeting in Allan, Salt. Photo: Alixandra Buck / Oxfam

Joining forces for better water services in Jordan

Alixandra Buck Active citizenship, Governance, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

Alixandra Buck reports on an Oxfam project in Jordan where the local community is working with local authorities to improve water supplies. In Jordan, it is not common for government and citizens to talk face to face on issues of common concern. There is also skepticism on the role of civil society. We’re working to change that dynamic. Oxfam and …

What are the best desalination solutions?

Amy Moran Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

As levels of salt in the world’s water systems rise, access to drinking water is a major concern. What desalination solutions are available? And how should NGOs be using these technologies? Our new briefing provides an overview of existing and emerging technology for cost-efficient and low-energy desalination in Asia. In this podcast Oxfam’s Tom Wildman, and Chinmayee Subban and Kate Boden from the University …

A woman uses her water credit, which is stored in a small, plastic token, to buy water from a Water ATM in Hadado, Kenya. Credit: Katie G. Nelson/Oxfam

Taking emergency water, sanitation and hygiene to market

Esther Shaylor Humanitarian, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 1 Comment

Esther Shaylor explains how Oxfam is working with other NGOs to share learning about providing emergency water, sanitation and hygiene using local markets. In recent years there has been a change in how we deliver humanitarian aid. The humanitarian sector as a whole is moving away from distributing food and other items, and, through research and practice, is working out …

Podcast: Emergency sanitation in focus

Andy Bastable Emergency, Humanitarian, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

Esther Shaylor talks to Andy Bastable, Oxfam’s expert on public health engineering, about the challenge of providing sustainable sanitation in emergencies. What happens when toilets in camps are not well planned out? How and why should tiger worms and urine dry diversion toilets be used? Find out more: Our work on water, sanitation and hygiene

A woman walks through Hassansham camp for displaced people, near the town of Khazer, Iraq, December 2016.

All these unused toilets – who are we building them for?

Kerry Akers General, Protection, Refugees and IDPs, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

Going to the toilet is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a woman living in a refugee camp. That’s why we’re conducting research into the use of lighting to promote safety around latrines and wash facilities, for World Toilet Day Kerry Akers and Julie Lafrenière share the key findings so far. These shocking quotes are from people …

Sustainable emergency sanitation – no longer a pipe dream!

Lucy Polson General, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

How do you install safe and sustainable toilets in crowded refugee camps which are on boggy or rocky ground? We might have the answer. For World Toilet Day Lucy Polson discusses the merits of the urine diversion dry toilet and the tiger worm toilet. How can we build sustainable and user-friendly toilet options for refugee camps? It’s an ongoing challenge …

Liezel, a builder from Bantayan Island training more builders in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, August 2016. Photo: Rona Ramos

The challenges of working with micro-financing institutions

Tom Wildman Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

For many, the main barrier for access to clean sanitation is money. Tom Wildman, WASH Advisor, shares the opportunities and challenges of working with micro-finance institutions in the Philippines to obtain loans for the poorest. In the Philippines, it’s not a lack of knowledge or desire that prevents people from owning a toilet, it’s money.  Most have little left over for …

Opportunities in challenging times

Philip Felipe, Bayan Academy Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

Bayan Academy, based in the Philippines, shares how it works, its mission, and how its partnership with Oxfam helped it become a big contributor in the WASH sector. In the words of Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman and President of Bayan Academy, “who would have thought that there could be so many opportunities in toilets? And not as just …

A women in Far Western Nepal uses a water pump to wash pots and pans. (Photo credit: Andrew Reckers

Why access to water may not benefit all women equally

Stephanie Leder Gender, Gender & Development Journal, General, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 1 Comment

In a study of water projects in Western Nepal Stephanie Leder and Floriane Clement found that community dynamics impacted on planning processes. As a result the more marginalized and disadvantaged women were less likely to benefit from improved water supplies. (Stephanie and Floriane, with Emma Karki, authored an article for the WASH issue of Gender & Development ). Global discourses …