Empowered Voices! How we improved our lives

Taken together, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) constitute the heart of all long lasting socio-economic development and environmental sustainability. In fact, none of the Sustainable Development Goals could be realised without WASH activities. Between 2011 and 2016, the Australia Government (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) funded Oxfam to work with four Local NGOs, government agencies and communities in six … Read More

Facilitating Active Civic Engagement

This publication is a reflection on approaches that stimulate responsiveness in citizens and communities – based in their strengths – and enable more confident expressions of their civic voice and agency. This is done through the lens of the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES), a community-led water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiative implemented in South Africa and Zambia by … Read More

Measuring WASH sustainability in a Payment by Results context

Payment by Results (PbR) is bringing new ways to fund water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. Here Mimi Coultas from Plan International UK, reflects on a recent joint side-event at WEDC Conference which explored the opportunities and challenges to this new way of funding. Sustainability of WASH programmes is a key concern for everyone involved in the sector: country governments, … Read More

Success in Syria: making sulphurous water drinkable

Leen Saeb, Public Health Engineer, shares a success from our Syria programme. In Salamiyah City, Oxfam has worked with local engineers to perform the impressive feat of setting up a reverse osmosis plant to treat sulphurous water, permanently. Salamiyah city in Hama Governorate, Syria, has been suffering from severe water shortages as a result of the prolonged crisis and increased … Read More

Managing water locally

Communities are frequently excluded from important aspects of environmental management. But they can play a fundamental role in the management of common pool resources such as water. This is particularly true when state capacity is weak or when communities remain on the periphery of support from any government. Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) has been widely promoted over the last … Read More

Affordable potable water for the island residents of Hilantagaan

Hilantagaan Island is a 15 minutes boat ride from the main Bantayan Island and from the port of Sta. Fe with an average monthly income of Php 3,000 to 4,000 pesos and fishing and farming as main livelihood sources. Here households pay Php 10 to 15 pesos per container- which is a 20 litre jerry can for their daily water … Read More