The Human Impact

Only two Southern African countries on track to meet 2015 MDG water and sanitation targets – report

March 3, 2014

Some 120,000 children under the age of five in Southern African countries die every year from diarrhoea, which is primarily caused by lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

“Urinating in dams” to solve India’s drought? Minister faces backlash

April 14, 2013

As India’s western state of Maharashtra reels from the worst drought in over four decades and millions of people face the risk of hunger, a top official has sparked outrage with a crass, insensitive joke that he should urinate in the region’s empty dams to solve water shortages.

UNDP’s Helen Clark: balancing water, food, energy key to post-2015 goals

February 13, 2013

Global development goals due to replace current anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 could be unified by a concept that calls for an integrated view of economic growth and development, said Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Menstruation taboo puts 300 mln women in India at risk – experts

February 11, 2013

More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk, say experts at the Geneva-based Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Think local on post-2015 U.N. global water-security goals – study

February 8, 2013

Policymakers debating water security must consider how the world’s most vulnerable people cope with variable access to water or the next global development goals will fail to lift rural areas out of poverty, say the authors of a new study.

New interactive web atlas pinpoints water risk hotspots

February 1, 2013

A new online mapping tool for monitoring global water resources will improve water-risk management by showing patterns of water stress, flooding, drought and areas of water access, its creators say.

Lack of toilets, clean water costs world $260 bln each year – Liberia president

January 31, 2013

Poor access to sanitation and clean water costs the global economy $260 billion each year, according to Liberia’s president who is leading work to craft proposals for a new set of global anti-poverty goals.

Over to you: experts take water development goals debate to Web

January 21, 2013

An inspired Facebook update or a 140-character tweet could play a key role in shaping global development plans.

Financial app would set sanitation cost benchmarks

December 1, 2012

Nick Dickinson from International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) discusses the Quick Financial Sustainability Check project under construction by Team Fresh Sh!t at the Sanitation Hackathon in London.

Hackathon seeks solutions to global sanitation crisis

December 1, 2012

Applying mobile technology to help provide proper sanitation to 2.5 billion people who lack it makes sense given that globally 5 billion people are subscribed to mobile phone services, many of them in the developing world, according to the organisers of a two-day global brainstorming event.