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Canisius Kanangire and Richard Rapier on Strategic Planning for Africa’s Water and Sanitation Sectors



The latest podcast from Global Waters Radio features a conversation with both Dr. Canisius Kanangire, Executive Secretary of the African Ministers’ Council on Water, and Richard Rapier, Chief of Party for the USAID-supported Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support program. Dr. Kanangire has served as Executive Secretary of the African Ministers’ Council on Water, better … Continue reading Canisius Kanangire and Richard Rapier on Strategic Planning for Africa’s Water and Sanitation Sectors


Sylvia Cabus on Gender Mainstreaming in Water and Sanitation Programming



Sylvia Cabus serves as Senior Gender Advisor for USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. In this podcast, Sylvia speaks with Global Waters Radio about some of the many ways the Agency integrates gender into its water, sanitation, and hygiene programming, and talks about how gender mainstreaming contributes to improved livelihood opportunities for women, better educational access … Continue reading Sylvia Cabus on Gender Mainstreaming in Water and Sanitation Programming


Jim Peters on Water Improvements in Kenya and the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy



Jim Peters serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Global Water Coordinator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). Jim’s career with the Agency has spanned more than 20 years, and prior to his current role with USAID, he served as Deputy Mission Director for USAID/Pakistan. In this podcast, Jim speaks with Global Waters … Continue reading Jim Peters on Water Improvements in Kenya and the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy


Jacky Ralaiarivony on Water and Sanitation in Madagascar



For the past eight years, Jacky Ralaiarivony has served as USAID/Madagascar’s water and sanitation program specialist. During that time, he has helped expand the role that public-private partnerships play in the island’s capacity-building efforts to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and has also been closely involved with Madagascar’s successful community-led total sanitation (CLTS) … Continue reading Jacky Ralaiarivony on Water and Sanitation in Madagascar


Nga Nguyen and Reshmaan Hussam on Incentivizing Handwashing Habit Formation



To celebrate Global Handwashing Day, Global Waters Radio spoke with USAID’s Nga Nguyen and Harvard University’s Dr. Reshmaan Hussam about incentivizing handwashing behavior change, following up on a September 2017 webinar on the subject co-hosted by USAID and the Global Handwashing Partnership. Nga Nguyen is the Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Social Behavior Change … Continue reading Nga Nguyen and Reshmaan Hussam on Incentivizing Handwashing Habit Formation


Salamatu Garba on the Continuing Impact of Water and Development Alliance in Nigeria



Salamatu Garba is making waves across Nigeria. As the Executive Director of the Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), she has spent 25 years working to empower Nigeria’s rural women and is coming off an especially big year in 2016 — she became an Ashoka Fellow for Nigeria (designating her as a global change leader) and was nominated … Continue reading Salamatu Garba on the Continuing Impact of Water and Development Alliance in Nigeria


Establishing A Sustainable Market For Water Purification Tablets In Ghana



Aquatabs are one of the world’s most popular water purification tablets, produced by Medentech, a company specializing in manufacture of disinfection products. Through partners, more than 11 billion liters of water were treated with Aquatabs worldwide in 2016. First introduced to the Ghanaian market roughly 10 years ago by the USAID Ghana Sustainable Change Project, … Continue reading Establishing A Sustainable Market For Water Purification Tablets In Ghana


Emmanuel Odotei on WASH Innovations in Ghana



Emmanuel Odotei is a veteran water, sanitation, and hygiene specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the sector. The WASH Project Management Specialist for USAID/Ghana, Odotei served as Activity Manager for the recently concluded Water Access Sanitation and Hygiene for the Urban Poor (WASH-UP) project, a 7-year initiative that used market-based approaches to … Continue reading Emmanuel Odotei on WASH Innovations in Ghana


Christian Holmes on WASH Accomplishments and Lessons Learned



Christian Holmes is Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment, and the Agency’s first-ever Global Water Coordinator. In his capacity as Global Water Coordinator, Holmes has been responsible for overseeing the Agency’s water programming portfolio since 2011. As he departs from the Agency in January 2017, Holmes sat down with … Continue reading Christian Holmes on WASH Accomplishments and Lessons Learned


Cheryl Hicks on USAID-Toilet Board Coalition Partnership



Cheryl Hicks is executive director of the Toilet Board Coalition, a public-private partnership that uses market-based solutions to deliver sustainable sanitation improvements, at scale, in communities around the world. In honor of World Toilet Day (November 19), Hicks speaks with Global Waters Radio about the Coalition’s recently launched multi-year partnership with USAID, and the Coalition’s … Continue reading Cheryl Hicks on USAID-Toilet Board Coalition Partnership


Natasha Wright on Solar-Powered Desalination in India



Natasha Wright is a researcher with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Global Engineering and Research Lab. In 2015, her team — a collaborative effort between MIT and Jain Irrigation Systems —won first place in the Desal Prize competition, an initiative of the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development which is funded by USAID alongside … Continue reading Natasha Wright on Solar-Powered Desalination in India


Robert Dreibelbis on Handwashing Behavior Change in Bangladesh



Robert Dreibelbis is a Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Assistant Professor in the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Anthropology and Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences. In honor of Global Handwashing Day (October 15th), Dreibelbis shares with Global Waters Radio his experiences with a handwashing behavior change … Continue reading Robert Dreibelbis on Handwashing Behavior Change in Bangladesh


Nader Al-Khateeb on West Bank Water Security and the Deir Sha’ar Pipeline



Nader Al-Khateeb is a founding member of the Palestinian Water Authority, who today serves as Palestinian Director for EcoPeace, a regional environmental NGO with offices in the West Bank, Jordan, and Israel. In his recent interview with Global Waters Radio, Al-Khateeb discusses the recent opening of the Deir Sha’ar pipeline, one of USAID’s largest water … Continue reading Nader Al-Khateeb on West Bank Water Security and the Deir Sha’ar Pipeline


The Suaahara project teaches mothers how often to feed their infants in a day and the importance of responsive feeding. Since 2011, the project has worked in 20 districts to improve maternal and child nutrition. Photo credit: Valerie Caldas, Suaahara Source: https://flic.kr/p/jxcz9Q

Emily Rand on Improved Child Feces Management



Emily Rand is a water supply and sanitation specialist at the World Bank, who also teaches about the design, implementation, and evaluation of WASH programs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. In her recent conversation with Global Waters Radio, Rand discusses key findings from recent research produced by the World Bank and UNICEF in … Continue reading Emily Rand on Improved Child Feces Management


Annabell Waititu on Gender and Water Management in Kenya



Annabell Waititu is a water and gender specialist who serves as executive director of the Nairobi, Kenya-based Institute of Environment & Water Management. Drawing on her 15 years of experience mainstreaming gender into natural resource management, Waititu talks to Global Waters Radio about why it is important for women to become involved in water management … Continue reading Annabell Waititu on Gender and Water Management in Kenya


Piet deVries on Sanitation Behavior Change in Liberia



Piet deVries is Senior WASH Specialist and Liberia Country Director for Global Communities, a Maryland-based NGO with programs in more than 20 countries around the world. In his recent sit-down with Global Waters Radio, deVries discussed his experiences in Liberia promoting community-led total sanitation (CLTS) over the past several years, as former chief of party … Continue reading Piet deVries on Sanitation Behavior Change in Liberia


Eddy Perez on Lessons Learned and New Trends in the Sanitation Sector



Eddy Perez is a professor of practice in sanitation at the Emory School of Public Health’s Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. In his recent conversation with Global Waters Radio, Perez talks about his career in the sanitation sector, shares lessons he has learned along the way, and explains why sanitation improvements in … Continue reading Eddy Perez on Lessons Learned and New Trends in the Sanitation Sector


Darren Saywell on Community-Led Total Sanitation



Darren Saywell is Senior Director for the Water, Sanitation and Health Practice with Plan International USA. Plan International has recently teamed up with the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina on “Testing Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Approaches for Scalability,” an operational research initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this … Continue reading Darren Saywell on Community-Led Total Sanitation


Christian Holmes on Water, Jobs, and Gender Equity



Christian Holmes is Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, and the Agency’s first Global Water Coordinator. Mr. Holmes is responsible for overseeing the Agency’s global water portfolio. In observance of World Water Day’s 2016 theme — water and jobs — Mr. Holmes talks with Global Waters Radio about the … Continue reading Christian Holmes on Water, Jobs, and Gender Equity


2015 Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) Knowledge Forum



In May 2015, more than 120 water stakeholders from 22 countries across Africa gathered in Uganda for a Knowledge Forum hosted by the USAID-implemented Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) program. The gathering allowed participants to share best practices and lessons learned for urban water sector reform. To listen to the podcast, click below.