Weekly buzz: Links we liked this week

With the U.S. holiday season arriving, the annual scramble to get make charitable donations in time for this year’s tax returns is just getting started. In yet another sign that women gaining power and wealth is good for everyone, did you know they are more likely to give to charitable causes than men? That and

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World Toilet Day 101

Photo credit: Oana Lupu

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Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 3 – The supply-and-demand see-saw

a Sales Representative (SR) doing a sales call with the target audience in a village. In this case, the woman is also the client of a Micro Finance Institution. (Credit: Kiran Thejaswi/PSI)

Dr. Desmond Chavasse, the Senior Vice President of Malaria and Child Survival for PSI’s programs, recently traveled to Bihar, India to gain a deep understanding of PSI’s largest sanitation program, 3SI: Supporting Sustainable Sanitation, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Below is part three of a three-part travel journal of his experience. (Read Part 1 and Part 2)

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Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 2 – Breaking the cycle of broken promises

Model toilets built by PSI's 3SI program on the premises of one of a Turnkey Service Provider. (Credit: Kiran Thejaswi/PSI)

Dr. Desmond Chavasse, the Senior Vice President of Malaria and Child Survival for PSI’s programs, recently traveled to Bihar, India to gain a deep understanding of PSI’s largest sanitation program, 3SI: Supporting Sustainable Sanitation, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Below is part two of a three-part travel journal of his experience. 

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Dr. Desmond Chavasse (far right), visiting with PSI’s 3SI program to support sustainable sanitation in India.

Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 1 – Beyond rocket science

Dr. Desmond Chavasse, the Senior Vice President of Malaria and Child Survival for PSI’s programs, recently traveled to Bihar, India to gain a deep understanding of PSI’s largest market-based sanitation program, 3SI: Supporting Sustainable Sanitation, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Below is part one of a three-part travel journal of his experience.

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Three global health issues to watch in 2014

Devex President & CEO Raj Kumar on the connection between climate change and global health; a final push on the health MDGs, with particular focus on toilets and saving lives at birth; and health systems in fragile states taking center stage.

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Are water, sanitation, and hygiene projects one of the Best Buys for Global Health?

Half the hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people suffering from diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene. So are water, sanitation, and hygiene projects a “Best Buy for Global Health?” You’ll have to tune in tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. to find out!

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TOMS is turning coffee into clean water

TOMS is launching into the coffee market. Announced at South by Southwest, TOMS Roasting Co. offers six varieties of coffee, and they are advertising that each bag will deliver a week’s worth of clean water for one person. In planned TOMS cafés, one cup of coffee will be advertised to provide one day of clean water for one person.

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A flood of clean water advocacy coming to Capitol Hill

An educational poster from a previous PSI social marketing campaign for safe water practices in Zambia.
This week, to coincide with World Water Advocacy Day (March 13), World Vision is holding the H20:DC conference to gather supporters and rally support on Capitol Hill for the Water for the World bill and celebrate other initiatives around clean water.
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Reflections from Unclogging the Blockages: Day 2

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After a long day of presentations and discussions to better understand the current situation and learn from each other’s experience in markets for sanitation, the second day of PSI’s recent sanitation conference took on an entirely different mood: it’s time to think outside the box, be innovative and apply the lessons we’ve learned to addressing the key blockages.

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#Unclogit Day 1: Understanding the Blockages

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With nearly 170 participants registered, 21 countries represented, countless organizations and specialties and the loud buzz of excited conversation, the first ever Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation workshop in Kampala got off to a great start. Day 1’s goal was to Understand the Blockages: an entire day dedicated to informing participants of the challenges faced within the sanitation sector.

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Unclogging the Blockages: Building sustainable markets for sanitation products and services

Despite growing attention to sanitation being paid by donors and governments, and the declaration by the United Nations that access to basic sanitation is a human right, progress remains slow. In an effort to get things moving (pun intended), on Tuesday, February 18, the first ever Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation workshop will commence in Kampala, Uganda.

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