Sanitation experts are exploring new strategies on Pacific islands that go beyond simply building toilets, sewers and treatment plants.
The realm of “utilities” is perceived as a man’s employment domain in many Asian countries. It is about gadgets—pipes, concrete, construction, machines, control panels, etc. Women’s role in utilities is often relegated to serving tea and welcoming guests.
Women are disproportionately affected by water and sanitation issues, including inadequate water supply, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices.
While the economies of Asia and the Pacific seem to have weathered the storms roiling Europe and America, the region might be approaching a significant crisis of its own.
‘Momentum 1000’ marked a major milestone on 5 April 2013—1000 days left of action before the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Unforgettable—that’s how I would describe the moment I raised the issue of menstrual hygiene management with project teams and government officials in Southeast Asia. Shocked and stunned—they looked down at their shoes closely inspecting remnants of their breakfast from earlier in the day.
Willingness to pay for water has been and will continue to be a challenge. The average consumer would prioritize their expenditures, and like it or not, water isn’t on the top of that priority list.
The scale of urbanization in Asia over the past few decades has been truly astonishing and there is no sign of it stopping. In the next 20 years, another 1.1 billion people in the region will call cities their home.
The Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) is the leading annual gathering on water issues, bringing together technical specialists, political leaders, private sector actors, civil society, researchers and students.
Climate change, population growth, and urbanization are bringing some of the greatest challenges of our time. Just a few days ago we experienced one of the most powerful storms in history, Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines, killing thousands.