NEW APPROACHES TO MONITORING THE MDGs?

By KATHARINA WELLE, SPRU, DPhil student Calls for increasing transparency and accountability for water supply and sanitation have been voiced in different sessions at the Istanbul 2009 World Water Forum. But what does that mean and how can it be achieved? A key element behind increased transparency and equity is monitoring – be it in…

THE ALTERNATIVE WATER FORUM

By ANNA WALNYCKI, Institute of Development Studies DPhil student Having spent a few days at the World Water Forum, many of the conversations I’ve had with people came back to participation in the forum. Beyond the high-profile international NGOs, there has been a noted absence of national and local CBOs outside Europe and Turkey. So,…

IMPRESSIONS FROM MY FIRST WORLD WATER FORUM

by KATHARINA WELLE, SPRU, DPhil student This is the first World Water Forum that I am attending – I expected it to be fairly chaotic, not so well organised and buzzing with people from all sorts of backgrounds – government, NGOs and a few people from the private sector from all over the world. Instead,…

WORLD WATER FORUM, DAY 3

By Lyla Mehta, STEPS Centre Member The World Water Forum means many different things to different people. For the many so called water warriors and activists attending the event and organising alternative water justice events at Taksim Square, the Forum lacks legitimacy because it is organised by the World Water Council, a private think tank…

WORLD WATER FORUM: KEYS THEMES OF GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

By ANNA WALNYCKI, Institute of Development Studies DPhil student Governance and Management is one of the six key themes running through the Forum this week. Co-ordinated by UN- HABITAT, the Governance and Management sessions have explored the idea that access to water and sanitation is due to ineffective structures of governance as opposed to resource…

WORLD WATER FORUM STARTS WITH PROTESTS AND PREDICTIONS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The fifth World Water Forum got off to an explosive start in Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday with riot police using tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators and campaigners being deported while dire predictions about the world’s water supply were made. Photo credit: International Rivers banner at World Water Forum…

NEW AVIAN FLU PUBLICATIONS FOCUS ON SE ASIA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As participants gather for the major international meeting in Winnipeg Canada this week to discuss ways forward on the One World, One Health initiative, a series of new papers have been published, documenting country-level experiences of HPAI responses in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia (papers and presentations. Photo credit:…

MAKING HEALTH MARKETS WORK FOR POOR PEOPLE

Many people in developing countries use a variety of market-based providers of health services. These can range from highly organised and regulated hospitals and specialist doctors to informal health workers and drug sellers operating outside the legal framework. Encounters with health workers, even within public systems, often involve a cash payment. Understanding health markets and…