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U.S. Releases First Water And Development Strategy; U.N. Recognizes World Water Day

“U.S. officials Tuesday formally unveiled the government’s first comprehensive strategy [.pdf] aimed at integrating water into all U.S. development funding and programs, a step long urged by advocates and development experts,” Inter Press Service reports (Biron, 5/22). USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah joined Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.),…

Sanitation MDG Will Not Be Met At Current Rate Of Progress, U.N. Report Says

“While international targets on clean drinking water were met nearly three years ago, a joint United Nations agency report [on Monday warned] that without a major funding push, some 2.4 billion people — one-third of the world’s population — will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015,” the U.N.…

World Bank Announces 3 Winners Of ‘Sanitation Hackathon And App Challenge’

“Last week [the World Bank] announced three prize-winners of the Sanitation Hackathon and App Challenge, described as a yearlong project to recognize innovative and locally relevant [smartphone applications (apps)] that address sanitation challenges,” Inter Press Service reports. The news service highlights the three winners — “Manobi, a mobile and internet…

USAID Releases New Issue Of ‘FrontLines’

The March/April issue of USAID’s “FrontLines” focuses on access to safe water and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In his “Insights” column, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes, “While we have seen tremendous progress — halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water since 1990 — we still…

Guardian’s Development Podcast Focuses On Access To Water

The Guardian’s Global Development Podcast this month examined the issue of access to water and how it relates to development, human rights, and health, according to the transcript. The Guardian’s environment editor, John Vidal, discusses these and other issues with Peter Gleick, founder of the Pacific Institute; Timeyin Uwejamomere, technical support…

April Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The April issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial examining the need for safe drinking water in order to prevent cryptosporidiosis, a public health news roundup, a research paper on the deployment of community health workers across rural sub-Saharan Africa, a review of alcohol and alcohol-related harm in China,…

Blog Reports On Annual World Water Day Congressional Advocacy Day On Capitol Hill

“On March 20, 2013, the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases participated in the 4th Annual World Water Day Congressional Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.,” the organization’s “End the Neglect” blog reports. “The Global Network participated in a day of meetings with Congressional offices, addressing the importance…

USAID Blog Examines Water Management Issues In The Middle East

The first three entries of a four-part series, titled “USAID in the Middle East,” have been published in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” The first post discusses the use of data to improve water management in the region (Harris, 3/20). The second post looks at the use of the Famine Early Warning…

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