Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Ghana: Government and UN Usher Accelerated Framework for achieving MDG on Sanitation

    November 28, 2011

    Patrick Baidoo November 28, 2011 Ghana is set to boost plans for achieving the 54 percent Millennium Development Goal [MDG] target on sanitation as government with support from the United Nations [UN] launches a “Millennium Accelerated Framework”, document with detailed action oriented components to tackle the huge sanitation problems confronting the country. The document prepared […]

  • African governments signing away water rights for decades

    November 28, 2011

    George Mhango November 26,2011 The International Institute for Environment and Development has warned in published paper today that African governments are signing away water rights for decades with insufficient regard for how this will affect millions of local users, including fishing, farming and pastoralist communities. The water rights often feature in the growing number of […]

  • Competition for inventors in developing nations to create a low-cost and easy-to-use water purification device launched

    November 22, 2011

    WaterSan Perspective Reporter November 22, 2011 University of South Florida’s Patel School of Global Sustainability through its Center for Global Solutions and with the support of the International Water Association (IWA) has launched the first Patel Grand Challenge, a challenge to inventors in developing nations to create a low-cost and easy-to-use water purification device that […]

  • Africa going backwards on continent’s biggest child killer

    November 18, 2011

    Abdulkarim Ssengendo November 18, 2011 A new report Off-track, off-target, released today by the international charity WaterAid (, shows that there are more people in the world today lacking adequate sanitation services than in 1990. Unless urgent action is taken, nearly all governments in Sub-Saharan African will fail to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) […]

  • Former President John Agyekum Kufuor to chair the Sanitation and Water for All partnership

    November 16, 2011

    Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), Geneva November 16, 2011 His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of Ghana (2001-2009) and former Chairperson of the African Union (2007–2008), will be the first high-level Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership. Kufuor is a passionate global advocate for leadership, governance and development. He […]

  • Asia: For South Asians, sanitation means ‘dignity’ and ‘cleanliness’

    November 12, 2011

    This is a special report from South Asia WASH Media Forum, our sister network of Journalists in South Asia who report on WASH issues. Amar Guriro November 12, 2011 KARACHI – For the people of South Asia, sanitation means “dignity” and “cleanliness”, said a report released on by WaterAid together with the Freshwater Action […]

  • Zambia: African Development Bank to increase investment in rural water and sanitation

    November 9, 2011

    Newton Sibanda November 09, 2011 The Director of the Water and Sanitation Department and the African Water Facility at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Sering Jallow says the bank has decided to increase its water sector investments in rural areas because that is key to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Until 2003, more […]

  • Uganda: Water shortage ravages health development

    November 8, 2011

    Abdulkarim Ssengendo November 8, 2011 The lack of access to safe water at some of the heath centers in Uganda has become an insurmountable obstacle to developing health standards there. Though water, after oxygen, is the second most important substance for human health, patients and health workers at some health centers in the country are […]

  • Zambia: Government to invest in construction of water harvesting technologies

    November 2, 2011

    Michael Malakata November 02, 2011 Zambia’s new president Michael Sata has announced that the new government will invest in the construction of more water dams and water harvesting technologies in order to harvest more water for irrigation in a bid to increase food production and food security in the country. Sata was addressing Parliament. He […]