Empowered Voices! How we improved our lives

A collection of the Most Significant Change stories brought about by the WASH program in the Western Province of Zambia 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 … Read More

Financing Models for Fecal Sludge Treatment in the Philippines

Background Only 4% of the Philippine’s residents/businesses are connected to a sewerage system with treatment (mostly in Metro Manila), while approximately 80% rely on septic tanks that require regular emptying with subsequent treatment and disposal.  Septage treatment facilities are limited outside of large urban areas and fecal waste is typically dumped indiscriminately in creeks, rivers and the sea. The risks … Read More

Innovative Finance Models for Sanitation Marketing in the Philippines

Background & Context The Bantayan Island group in the Eastern Visayas of the Philippines, with a population of 125,726, is unserved by sewerage systems due to its relative remoteness and sparse population; as of June 2015, 65% of households were without toilet facilities, the majority practicing open defecation.  Assessments by Oxfam found that the primary constraint to toilet ownership was … Read More

Improving sanitation in Kenya: toilets have become an obsession

In Kenya a child dies every 17 minutes of a preventable disease caused by diarrhoea. Brian McSorley, WASH Coordinator, is passionate about providing clean water and sanitation, here he explains what this involves in Oxfam’s Kenya programme. I spend a lot of my time looking into toilets. Some people have suggested toilets have become an obsession of mine. It is … Read More

Container based sanitation could solve the world’s toilet problems

Oxfam recently hosted its first International Toilet Summit, where participants were challenged to think big about one of the world’s biggest sanitation challenges: how to get a toilet into every household which currently lacks one. Container based sanitation could well be the solution as Brian McSorley, WASH Coordinator, explains. Our first ever toilet summit was organised jointly with Sanergy, a … Read More

SWIFT Story of Sustainable Change: Changing the lives of women in Katungulu, DRC, through the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene

In the past, the women of Katungulu had no alternative but to make a two-hour round-trip to a contaminated river to collect water. The scarcity of water meant that villagers couldn’t wash themselves, their children or their clothes. It was also a source of conflict. Now, however, as a result of work done by Tearfund through the SWIFT programme, the … Read More

SWIFT Story of Sustainable Change: Improving access to safe, sustainable sanitation in Nadapal, Turkana

In Nadapal, a village in northern Kenya, residents had no access to sanitation, and instead practised open defecation in the bushes. Illnesses including diarrhoea, malaria and cholera were common. Now, however, many of the households in Nadapal have built their own latrines within easy reach and have access to safe, sustainable sanitation for the first time, after Practical Action began … Read More