UNICEF and WHO's recent report on Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation  brought both good and bad news. The good news: 88% of the world’s population now has access to an improved drinking water source. The bad news: the world is still off-track to meet the Millennium Development Goal for sanitation. In this blog post  published by the Center for Global Development , Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, and Claire Chase, an evaluation specialist with the Water and Sanitation Program , examine whether an increased focus on sanitation will ironically lead to further neglect of hygiene, and second, which sector should hold responsibility for scaling up access to sanitation.
Image: Schoolchildren in Vietnam practice washing their hands with soap. Photo © Water and Sanitation Program.