By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member

The effects of recurring floods and droughts, the deaths of 6,000 babies daily from waterborne diseases and growing sanitation problems in booming peri-urban and urban centres. No act of terrorism generates devastation on the scale of the crisis in water and sanitation. Despite growing global attention to water and sanitation, there still remains a big disconnect between global rhetoric and the everyday realities of poor and marginalised people.

To mark UN Sanitation and Hygiene Week (March 15-21), culminating in World Water Day, our researchers and partners have been focussing on the most pressing issues and challenges ahead.

Liquid Dynamics: the STEPS Centre’s approach to water and sanitation sustainability
Sanitation & hygiene essays: throughout the week on IDS website
Water: the ethics of efficiency Lyla Mehta writes on whether our food is too thirsty for Food Ethics magazine’s water issue (pdf 2MB)
STEPS Centre research on water and sanitation
STEPS Working Paper 6 – Liquid Dynamics: challenges for sustainability in water and sanitation