A quick post for the week:
1. USAID has launched a website about Water Financing. The focus of this portal is to help partners of USAID comply with the 2005 Water for the Poor Act but they hope others can also learn how to incorporate notions of financial sustainability into their water projects…I have not had too much time to play around inside this site but it seems like an interesting idea. (One other thing I learned when doing a little research on the 2005 WftP Act is that there is a 2009 bill under consideration that would establish an office of water within USAID!)
2. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine got “hooked up” with an announcement of a 4.8 million dollar grant from the Gates Foundation to look into low-tech solutions for on-site sanitation. From the little detail I have seen, it seems like their funding will be used to research techniques for speeding up microbial processes in pit latrines…I look forward to seeing the results of this research!
3. The World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program came out with Guidance Notes on Services for the Urban Poor: A practical guide for improving water and sanitation services. I haven’t had a chance to read this in detail but wanted to send a link out for anyone interested….