We rarely give the toilet a second thought. We use it when we need to, and we flush and forget. We are also able to conveniently wash our hands afterwards. But imagine if you are on a long hiking…

Johannes Zutt |

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Maria Correia |

I will never forget October 8, 2005, a day that changed my life forever as it did for hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis.   I remember my house shaking violently like never before and my…

Haris Khan |

Happy belated 1st World Toilet Day! The newly designated UN day embodies the enormous development challenge of providing safe toilets to all. More than 2.5 billion people still don’t have access…

Nidhi Khurana |

Why Sanitation Access Doesn’t Work Unless the Entire Village Buys In Jitender is a four-year old boy with forward-thinking parents. Although it’s common in his village, in the Indian state of…

Luis Andres, Juan Echenique, Ashma Basnyat, Rahul Kanakia |

For centuries, cities have been the beacon for economic prosperity. Drawn by the promise of economic, social and political opportunity, more than half the world’s population live in cities today.…

Mabruk Kabir |

NGOs, lending agencies, and the public sector are hard at work in meeting the global sanitation target. But what about the private sector, and what about the families that do not want to wait for…

Sabrina Haque |

Bangladesh was born on December 16 1971, following a devastating war that cost the lives of 3, 000, 000 people. They were victorious in their fight for independence, yet the prospects of the…

Lea Gimenez, Dean Mitchell Jolliffe |

Losses due to disasters to human and physical capital are on the rise across the world.  Over the past 30 years, total losses have tripled, amounting to $3.5 trillion. While the majority of these…

Marc Forni |

Within the next 30 years, urban populations in developing countries will double and UN-Habitat estimates that around 3 billion people will need housing and basic infrastructure. Already, 70% of…

Parul Agarwala, Syed Usman Javaid |