WHOSE KNOWLEDGE COUNTS AT WORLD WATER WEEK 2010?

by Timothy Karpouzoglou, research student, SPRU World Water Week (WWW) 2010 is over, leaving me with some questions. Is WWW really about “opening up” or about “closing down” the debate on water resource management? The overall theme for this year WWW has been water quality. WWW aims “to highlight positive action and new thinking towards…

WORLD WATER WEEK: CONTROVERSY AND CONTRASTS

By Lyla Mehta, STEPS Centre Water and Sanitation convenor It’s my fourth day at World Water Week, the annual mecca for policy-makers and players from the World Water Council, the Water and Sanitation Programmes (WSP), Stockholm Water Institute, WaterAid, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), as well as several UN and bilateral agencies such as…

WORLD WATER WEEK: THE SAME OLD STUFF?

by Jeremy Allouche, STEPS Centre Research Fellow Here’s our first blog from World Water Week – some call it ‘the pilgrimage of water’. Well… the price of the pilgrimage (about £650) makes it difficult to attend and it remains very much an elitist club. In this regard, one always wonders how useful these high-level international…

SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES

There’s an interview with Adrian Smith, STEPS Centre Research Fellow, about “social technologies and niches for sustainable transformation” in the September edition of Saber Cómo (the monthly newsletter of the Argentinean National Institute for Industrial Technology). There are also contributions from Renato Dagnino from Unicamp and Hernan Thomas from Quilmes University. Social technologies are processes…

STEPS AT WORLD WATER WEEK

We’re at World Water Week in Stockholm this week. Our session, Liquid Dynamics II: Linking Quality and Access for Pro-poor Sustainability is at 12.45pm on Wednesday. In the session, we’ll discuss the complex interactions between the social, technological and ecological/hydrological dimensions of water and sanitation. These interactions are often sidelined in water and sanitation management….

TALKING TOILETS

Community-Led Total Sanitation is a rapidly-spreading way of getting local people involved in planning toilets and other facilities. CLTS taps into people’s feelings of disgust to encourage action. Photo: Kalangaba Village Open Defecation Free Sign, from the CLTS Flickr photostream Our new working paper (with a short briefing on the side) looks at how this…

MAKING HEALTH SYSTEMS WORK FOR THE POOR

By Kate Hawkins, Communication Officer for Health and Social Change We’ve published seven new briefings on “scaling up” in the health sector. Among the themes covered are improving access to health services, building sustainable health systems, and harnessing a spirit of innovation to improve equity. Photo: Shimla street scene by Liz Highleyman from Flickr (Creative…

ANTIBIOCALYPSE: HOW DO WE RESPOND TO SUPERBUGS?

by Gerry Bloom, STEPS Centre Health domain convenor On August 11 the Lancet published an article that demonstrated the emergence of a new antibiotic resistance mechanism (known as NDM-1) in India, Pakistan and the UK. The article points out that many of the UK people carrying resistant bacteria had visited the Indian sub-continent during the…

MANIFESTO IN CHINA: MOVING AND NON-MOVING PICTURES

Photos and video of the Manifesto discussion in Beijing, held at Tsinghua University in March, are now on the website. Take a look for some top academics’ takes on innovation, sustainability and development in China and across the globe. There are lots more videos, reports and documents at www.anewmanifesto.org, which also includes the full text…