Mom and daughter at a community health center outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Rama George-Alleyne / World Bank Today marks World Population Day and this year’s theme is “Family Planning:...

Maitreyi Bordia Das |

Sushila Devi, a mother of four in the rural Rohtas district of Bihar, India, has no significant assets and depends primarily on casual labor for income. She recently was able to take out a bank...

Vinay Kumar Vutukuru, Mohini Kak, Sitaramachandra Machiraju, Paramveer Singh |

In the village of Bharsauta in Uttar Pradesh, India, construction worker Vishwanath lives with his wife, four children and their elderly parents. Three years ago, the government paid to build a...

Vandana Mehra |

Child using a latrine in Rajasthan.  Photo credit: World Bank [[tweetable]]Almost 600 million Indians living in rural areas defecate in the open[[/tweetable]]. To meet the ambitious targets of the...

Joep Verhagen |

Today marks the second annual UN World Toilet Day, an important opportunity to promote global efforts to achieve universal access to sanitation by 2030. With a focus on equality and dignity, this...

Water Communications |

​​Junaid Ahmad,  World Bank Group Senior Director for Water, and Caren Grown, World Bank Group Senior Director for Gender,  wrote a blog for Thomson Reuters Foundation ahead of World Toilet Day. ...

Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Caren Grown |

The Sanitation Hackathon & App Challenge three grand prize winners, mSchool, Taarifa, and SunClean, flew over from their home countries, Senegal, Tanzania, England, and Indonesia to attend the...

Sanitation Hackathon Team |

It’s no secret that the rapid rise in access to mobile phones has created a new vehicle for the delivery of information and services, particularly for people at the base of the pyramid – or those...

Jose Luis Irigoyen |

Open defecation – going outside without using a toilet or latrine – is one of the most important threats to child health and human capital, period; ending it must be a policy priority.

Jaehyang So, Dean Spears |

 After months of coding away during the Sanitation [email protected] challenge, 10 teams of hackers were selected as finalists. The [email protected]...

Sanitation Hackathon Team |