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The Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene 2011, 9-14 October, Mumbai, India

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) September 23, 2011 In less than three weeks, hundreds of sanitation and hygiene professionals will gather for the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene (www.wsscc-global-forum.org). The timing could not be more critical: 2.6 billion people still do not have safe sanitation, and the sanitation target is the most […]

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Uganda:Over 72, 000 Affected by Floods

Water Journalists Africa September 23, 2011 Up to 72, 254 people have been affected by the ongoing disasters mainly in Eastern, Central and Western Uganda as well as West Nile. The disasters ranging from landslides, floods, hailstorms to fire outbreaks occurred between August 29th, 2011 to date. According to a Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) […]

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Rome: Governments Urged to control E-Wastes

WJA reporter September 10, 2011 The first Green Standards Week organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) closed Friday with a call on international bodies, NGOs, standards bodies, governments, regulators, industry and academia to collaborate more closely on the application and development of information and communication technologies (ICT) standards to help combat climate change. Particular emphasis […]

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Stockholm: Green Economy Report Outlines Investment Strategies to Help Reduce Water Scarcity

UNEP and Fredrick Mugira August 23, 2011 Investing 0.16 per cent of global GDP in the water sector could reduce water scarcity and halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in less than four years, according to United Nations research released today. Currently, the failure to invest […]

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Water in an Urbanising World

Fredrik Mugira August 15, 2011 The Executive Director, UN-HABITAT Dr. Joan Clos laments that the supply of water resource in most cities around the world has not kept pace with the high demand created by economic activity and rapid population growth. This, he says is mostly being witnessed in less developed regions of Africa, Asia […]

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Scientists Pinpoint River Flow Associated with Cholera Outbreaks, Not Just Factors Related to Global Warming

Water Journalists Africa Team August 09, 2011 An examination of the world’s largest river basins found nutrient-rich and powerful river discharges has led to spikes in the blooms of plankton associated with cholera outbreaks. These increased discharges often occur at times of increased temperature in coastal water, suggesting that predicting global warming’s potential temperature effect […]

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Civil society demands African governments walk the talk on sanitation

Newton Sibanda July 22, 2011 African governments are increasingly under pressure to ‘walk the talk’ on sanitation. According to a statement from WaterAid- an international nongovernmental organisation whose mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities- grassroots activists in Africa came together at AfricaSan […]

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Rwanda: Reinventing the Toilet

Fredrick Mugira and Frank Rijsberman July 20, 2011 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced more than $41 million in grants to spark new innovations in sanitation. The announcement was made by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President of the foundation’s Global Development program in her keynote address at the Third Africa Conference on Hygiene and Sanitation […]

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Kenya: Burning up Mandera

Joyce Chimbi July 19, 2011 The heat is intolerable although it is barely noon, by three O’clock in the afternoon it is usually so hot that people rarely venture outside for fear of been stricken by the much feared heat stroke. This is Mandera, North Eastern Kenya, a hard ship area, a region characterized by […]