Thursday, July 28, 2011

Greening DC

Leading Water, Sanitation Organizations Launch Sustainability Charter

The D.C.-based WASH Advocacy Initiative has announced that more than twenty leading international water and development organizations have signed the WASH Sustainability Charter, a collaboratively developed set of principles designed to advance lasting solutions in water, sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH).

Globally, nearly one billion people lack access to safe drinking water, while more than 2.5 billion do not have access to a toilet. Although progress in meeting these critical needs has been made, challenges remain. According to the Netherlands-based IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre Initiative, for example, approximately 30 percent of all hand pumps installed in sub-Saharan Africa have failed prematurely, while other studies suggest similar failure rates in various regions and across diverse WASH interventions.

To remedy the situation, leaders in the field have developed a set of guiding principles that offers a road map to ensure and maximize the impact and value of WASH projects in the future. Early endorsers of the charter include Africare, the Blue Planet Network, Water for People, and the Conrad N. Hilton and Global Environment & Technology foundations.

"By working together across disciplines and organizations, we can develop lasting solutions that will truly change lives," said Harold Lockwood, director of Aquaconsult. "This charter provides a strong foundation for continued progress and the guidance we need to increase our impact for the poor who lack the most basic of services."

“Making WASH Investments Last.” WASH Advocacy Initiative Press Release 7/27/11.

Primary Subject: International Affairs/Development
Secondary Subject(s): Environment
Location(s): International, Washington, D.C.

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