WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: ARE SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS THE NEXT GOAL?

By Phemo Kgomotso, IDS Phd Student The editors of the IDS Bulletin titled ‘Some for All? Politics and Pathways in Water and Sanitation’, Volume 43, No. 2, March 2012 launched the publication at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France on 15 March, 2012. In contrast to most of the Forum’s more formalised and…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: DEBATES AND CONTRADICTIONS

By Lyla Mehta and Harriet Dudley This was our third World Water Forum, and compared with the other ones we’ve attended it was pretty tame, far more low-key and lacked open protest and contestation. The overall theme – Le temps des solutions – seemed rather bombastic given that solutions to addressing water and sanitation problems…

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,…

CLTS CONFERENCE: INSIGHTS ON SUSTAINABILITY AND SCALING UP

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Melissa Leach, director of the STEPS Centre and several of the Centre’s members, opened the third and final day of the CLTS Conference with a session giving some insights on CLTS and the key issues going forward from a STEPS perspective. Photo: Gerry Bloom / Julia Day STEPS has…

CLTS CONFERENCE: PHOTO ALBUM

Have a look at photos from the CLTS conference on our Flickr photostream

CLTS CONFERENCE: RAPID ZAMBIAN SUCCESS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member An astounding story of success – and the potential of CLTS – came courtesy of Peter Harvey, chief, water and environmental sanitation, Unicef in Zambia. Photo: A Natural Leader from Ndeke B, Zambia, explains the village CLTS action plan / Petra Bongartz Mr Harvey said he was initially very…

CLTS CONFERENCE: THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member We move to the Africa this morning, where CLTS exists in 22 countries but is relatively new compared to the approach’s history in Asia. Amsalu Negussie, Water and Sanitation Advisor, Plan International, East and Southern Africa, gave us an overview of the sanitation situation in this very diverse continent…

CLTS CONFERENCE: SANITATION TIPPING POINT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Robert Chambers, research associate at Institute of Development Studies, opened the conference by saying it was an opportunity for insights, ideas and for maximising learning. The three stages of participatory methodologies come in to play when talking about CLTS, said Robert. The first stage is excitement and a huge…

CLTS CONFERENCE: FOCUS ON SANITATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Eight years after the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach for mobilising communitites to build their own toilets was pioneered, over 60 delegates have gathered together to discuss how much progress has been made in stopping open defecation. It is the last major event of the International Year of Sanitation,…

WORLD WATER DAY 2007: TOP FIVE PRIORITIES

By STEPS Centre and Institute of Development Studies researchers To mark World Water Day 2007, IDS researchers set out what they believe are the five top priorities that need to be addressed if we are to cope with water scarcity. Investing in rainfed agriculture: Upgrading rainfed areas has high potential both for food production and…