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How to provide clean water in rural areas: an example from Vietnam

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Also available in: Tiếng Việt

Two kids wash their hands with clean water. Their home in Thai Binh Province, Vietnam got access to clean water in 2011. Watch video: Providing clean water in rural areas: an example from Vietnam

Despite Vietnam’s significant economic growth in recent years, there continues to be a gap between urban and rural areas when it comes to access to clean water and hygienic sanitation facilities. Many poor households in rural areas still do not have access to clean water or to a toilet. During one of our earlier field visits for the Red River Delta Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RRDRWASS) project which began almost 10 years ago, I was struck by what a lady from a community told me. She questioned why people in urban areas have access to good water supply and sanitation services while those in rural areas do not. She said that compared to urban residents, perhaps people in rural areas were happy with a lower level of service and that the demand for better services was simply not there.

At first I thought that she might be right but I later came to realise that this is not the case. There is demand for improved services in rural areas, and more importantly, people have a fundamental right to have access to those services.

So what are the reasons for the gap?

Cấp nước sạch cho khu vực nông thôn: Bài học từ Việt Nam

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Also available in: English

Hai cháu bé đang rửa tay bằng nước sạch. Gia đình các cháu ở huyện Thái Bình bắt đầu có nước sạch từ năm 2011.Xem video: Cấp nước sạch cho khu vực nông thôn: Bài học từ Việt Nam

Mặc dù nền kinh tế Việt Nam đã có bước tăng trưởng đáng kể trong những năm gần đây nhưng vẫn còn khoảng cách giữa khu vực nông thôn và thành thị trong việc tiếp cận nước sạch và vệ sinh môi trường. Rất nhiều hộ gia đình nghèo ở nông thôn ngày nay vẫn chưa có nước sạch hoặc nhà vệ sinh.

Trong một chuyến khảo sát thực tế trong khuôn khổ Dự án cấp nước sạch và vệ sinh môi trường nông thôn vùng đồng bằng sông Hồng (RRDRWASS) khởi động gần 10 năm trước, những gì mà một người phụ nữ tại đây nói với tôi đã thực sự làm tôi suy nghĩ. Cô thắc mắc vì sao dân cư ở thành thị có thể tiếp cận nguồn nước sạch và các dịch vụ vệ sinh với chất lượng tốt trong khi người dân ở các vùng nông thôn lại không thể. Cô ấy nói có lẽ do người dân ở khu vực nông thôn sẵn lòng sử dụng dịch vụ chất lượng thấp so với người dân ở khu vực thành thị, và đơn giản là họ không có nhu cầu phải cải thiện chất lượng cao hơn.

Lúc đầu tôi nghĩ có thể cô ấy đúng nhưng sau đó tôi nhận ra vấn đề không phải như vậy. Người dân ở khu vực nông thôn hoàn toàn có nhu cầu về các dịch vụ với chất lượng tốt hơn, và quan trọng hơn, được tiếp cận với những dịch vụ này là một quyền cơ bản của con người.

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Improving access to water services in Metro Manila through an output-based approach

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Last month, during a visit to the Philippines I had the opportunity to meet some of the 28,000 families* whose lives have been changed by the Manila Water Supply Pilot Project.

We visited Southville in Barangay San Isidro in the Rodriguez Municipality.  This neighborhood was built from a government-financed housing project that resettled about 10,000 poor households. They used to be informal settlers, some living along the Manggahan floodway or Pasig River that were affected by the flood caused by typhoon Ondoy (International name: Ketsana).


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Looking to the skies in Kiribati—La Niña and rainfall variability in the Central Pacific

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Rainfall is essential to recharge the freshwater lens that lies beneath coral atolls in Kiribati. Without it, the i-Kiribati people would not be able to grow plants and crops vital to their livelihood.

Freshwater can be extremely scarce in the Republic of Kiribati, home to over 100,000 people scattered across 22 islands in the Central Pacific. Each year after a long dry season, significant rainfall is generally expected to arrive during November or December. Yet over the last few months only a tiny amount of rain has fallen. The islands are dry.

This is consistent with forecasts that predict La Niña conditions will result in below normal rainfall during the 2010-11 wet season across the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati.

Water: A source of death and life

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With the recent MDG summit in New York, I think it’s a good time to stop and take a look at the big water and sanitation picture. We know the numbers of people without access are daunting: 2.5 billion with no sanitation, 887 million without access to safe water. But more and more people are indeed gaining access. Since 1990, 1.6 billion have gained access to safe water. The world will likely even reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) set in 2015 to halve the number of people without access to clean water, according to the UN.

This is no small feat, and the world should take a moment to celebrate this success, and learn from challenges encountered along the way so that we continue beyond 2015 until everyone can access clean water and sanitation.

Growing number of families in China making use of solar energy

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Rows of solar collectors line the roofs of many buildings in China.

Driving through Jiangsu and Anhui provinces adjacent to Shanghai, China, last month, I was struck. Not by the sheer number of people and vehicles, or by the seemingly endless number of new buildings under construction with their distinct bamboo scaffolding, but by what was on top of those roofs: continuous rows of solar collectors.

China’s increasing emphasis on renewable energy on a large-scale level can be seen by wind farms in Inner Mongolia and several other green World Bank projects in the country. However, the most pervasive example for the public and individuals has been the explosion of the use of solar water heaters.

New website offers resources for businesses to fight corruption

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The new site, is a collaboration of a number of stakeholders from the NGO sector, the business community and other stakeholders: the World Bank, the UN Global Compact, the Center for International Private Enterprise, the