SHIT HAPPENS: SANITATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The British Medical Journal’s podcast this week features Lyla Mehta, STEPS Centre Water and Sanitation convenor, talking about sanitation and the UN MDGs. This week, to steal a line from the latest BMJ editor’s choice, we’ll be talking shit. The millennium development goal on sanitation is way off track; Lyla Mehta, a sociologist from the…

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…

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…

STEPS CENTRE WATER SYMPOSIUM

By Julia Day An opportunity to break out of conventional thinking and forge new alliances has enticed more than 40 water and sanitation development experts gather in Brighton today for the STEPS Centre’s Water Symposium. As part of our on-going research in the water and sanitation, Lyla Mehta and Synne Movik have convened this meeting…

WORLD WATER WEEK, FRI: WATER ACROSS BORDERS

By Julia Day Delegates arrived today slightly weary from a week of networking (or last evening’s Royal Banquet festivities with Sweden’s Orlando Bloom-alike Prince). Nonetheless it is a good turnout for the closing plenary, which is attempting to sum up the key messages emerging from World Water Week. Managing water across borders was one of…

WORLD WATER WEEK, THURS: TOWARDS COP-15

By Julia Day It is the turn of the big-hitters this afternoon, with a panel made up of water Ministers from around the world. They were tasked with revealing how they plan to bring water and climate change together to advocate for stronger global action at the forthcoming climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, COP-15. With…

WORLD WATER WEEK: PHOTOS

Have a look at some of our photos from World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

WORLD WATER WEEK – THURSDAY – WATER & CLIMATE

By Julia Day Despite being organised to within an inch of its life here at the Stockholmsmassan conference centre, World Water Week’s morning sessions are already running behind. Has there ever been a conference that runs on time? Answers on a postcard, please. Anyway, I am sitting in on a session entitled ‘From Theory to…