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Highlights from the Transform WASH Design Summit in Ethiopia – Part 2

By Monte Achenbach, Chief of Party, USAID Transform WASH This post is part of a series on PSI’s WASH design summit in Ethiopia. To read about Day 1, click here. Day 6 at the USAID Transform WASH Design Summit began like every day, with Morning Circle. This is a moment to set the mood, reflect,

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Let’s design our own solutions! Not FOR the community but WITH the community

Highlights from the Transform WASH Design Summit in Ethiopia – Part 1

By Monte Achenbach, Chief of Party, USAID Transform WASH When we set out to transform the WASH sector in Ethiopia, I knew it would be a fascinating journey. But, our Transform WASH Design Summit, organized by PSI/Ethiopia and led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) D-Lab here in Hawassa, took us to an entirely new

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World Water Day 2016

Test Your Knowledge on World Water Day

On World Water Day, tens of thousands of individuals and organizations speak out against water scarcity and raise awareness of the vital role water plays in all our lives. This year, PSI created a quiz to help you test your water knowledge, learn more about our work and the link between water, sanitation and child

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PSI Expert Joins One Drop’s Advisory Committee

Earlier in February, One Drop announced the creation of an expert level advisory committee on international water, sanitation and hygiene programs. The committee brings together experts in international development who will advise One Drop’s Board of Directors and management team to improve the management, impact and sustainability of its future programs. On the committee sits PSI’s

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Sanitation Impact

3 Ways Development NGOs can Increase Their Impact in 2016

By John Sauer, Senior Technical Advisor for PSI’s WASH program First the good news: the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age was more than cut in half between 1990 and 2015. As the global development community transitions from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impressive stats

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UNC water and health

PSI Makes a Splash at the 2015 Water and Health Conference

PSI’s regional and international experts in policy, research and technical implementation will be joined by hundreds of leading experts from around the world at the 2015 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by The Water Institute at UNC this week.  Those attending are looking for innovative public health solutions to the issues

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4 Innovations that are Reducing the Shame of Menstruation

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI Finally, a women’s cycle has made the news cycle. For roughly 250 million adolescent girls in the world living in poverty, having a period means having to carry a heavy burden of shame. In addition, a shortage of sufficient clean water, toilets and sanitary products in schools can limit their

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PSI Ethiopia Prepares to Launch PSI’s First Franchised, Pay-for-Use Toilet Business

By Genevieve Kelly, WASH Coordinator, PSI It was all-hands-on-deck this past August in Addis Ababa when an Ethiopian architect, expert from Sanergy, a sanitation social enterprise based in Kenya, PSI’s WASH coordinator and the distinct and talented team from PSI Ethiopia gathered at the PSI-Ethiopia office. Their objective: to design a high-quality, pay-for-use toilet that will

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Making Kumasi a Cleaner City

Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) is a USAID/West Africa regional urban sanitation project that is implemented by PSI in collaboration with PATH and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP). The project aims to improve sanitation outcomes by developing and testing scalable business models that engage private sector service providers and by contributing to the

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World Water Week

World Water Week Makes a Splash in Global Health

By Etiti Akhame-Ayeni, Digital Marketing Consultant, PSI World Water Week launched this week and generated a big social media stir. You could not go online without seeing the hashtag #WWWeek. Curious to know what innovative ideas came out of this year’s celebration? See some of our favorite ideas below.   [View the story “World Water Week

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Safichoo toilet

Improving Sanitation through Empathic Design: Meet Jasmine Burton, a PSI Global Health Corps Fellow

By Maria Dieter, External Relations and Communications Assistant, PSI Each day, the youth of today find innovative ways to combat injustice. In the world of global health, some of these young people can be found as fellows in the Global Health Corps, which was founded by Barbara Bush to combat some of the injustices she

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India toilets

Toilets: The Business Case

By Karl Hofmann, CEO and President, PSI As you may have seen, PSI celebrated a milestone this month: 10,000 toilets installed in India. But as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government is finding, just building the toilets is not enough to get them used. The Washington Post recently highlighted this vexing challenge in

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