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Gates Blog Publishes Father’s Day Collection

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimist” blog features a collection of current and past posts in recognition of Father’s Day, observed in the U.S. this year on Sunday, June 16. Included in the series is a post by Doulaye Kone, a senior program officer for sanitation technologies and…

USAID Water And Development Strategy A ‘First Step In The Right Direction’

“It’s a big moment, and one that has been long awaited: [USAID] has released its first-ever Water and Development Strategy [.pdf] — a roadmap of the U.S. government’s approach to water programming that focuses on efforts to save lives through the provision of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services,” David…

E.U., UNICEF To Provide $59M To Nigeria For Health, Water Initiatives

The European Union (E.U.) and UNICEF have agreed to provide 44.75 million euros ($59 million) to Nigeria for water and health projects, Bloomberg reports. Maternal and child health programs in two northern states will receive 40 million euros over four years, with the remaining 14.75 million euros going to water…

USAID, Gates Foundation Announce New WASH Grantees

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Maura O’Neill, chief innovation officer and senior counselor to the administrator at USAID, describes a partnership between the USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program and the Gates Foundation that aims “to find new approaches that could dramatically change [the world’s]…

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…

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