Both countries are good examples of how investing in water and sanitation spurs economic development.
Blog posts on "sanitation"
Ahead of World Toilet Day, the facts and figures of toilets (or improved sanitation) speak for themselves.
Yasmin Siddiqi, Principal Water Resources Specialist with ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, shares updates from World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.
While only 19% of urban dwellers lack access to adequate toilets, a daunting 50% face the same problem in rural areas.
While big infrastructure works for developed countries, countries in developing Asia would benefit from complementary small-scale sanitation solutions that help more people.
ADB, Australia and the US are working together to increase access to safe water and improve sanitation in the second largest city in the Marshall Islands.
Women’s participation in an ADB urban development project in India transformed their role, increased understanding of gender issues in water and sanitation, and strengthened institutional capacity in ensuring that men and women could benefit equally from water and sanitation investments.
We helped women in Nepal stop being seen as mere water fetchers, and empowered them to become true leaders within their communities.
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections.
Access to household toilets is often seen as just a water and sanitation issue or a public health concern. But the recent murders of two young Indian girls have highlighted another aspect – women’s safety and security.