Discussion Brief

Opportunities to advance water safety through regulation of rural water services

Despite improved access to water supply systems globally, safe drinking water continues to limit progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6.1. In particular, there is a disparity between access to uncontaminated water in rural and urban areas, with the former significantly lagging behind. In this discussion paper, researchers and practitioners in rural drinking water provision, management and regulation from Bangladesh, Kenya, England and Wales identify key aspects to advance regulation for rural drinking water services.

Gender gaps in sustainable land management and implications for agricultural productivity: Evidence from Ethiopia

This discussion paper looks at whether a large-scale watershed program promoting sustainable land management (SLM) in Ethiopia increases adoption of SLM in male-headed vs female-headed households. Our findings show that the SLM program significantly increased adoption of SLM practices (soil bunds, stone terraces, mulching) in male-headed households but that adoption was centered on jointly owned plots and male-owned plots, with no significant adoption on women-owned plots.

Key stakeholders and actions to address Lake Beseka’s challenges in Ethiopia: A social network approach

This discussion paper uses a social network approach to examine key actors, challenges and sustainable solutions to manage Lake Beseka, Ethiopia. The study suggests that developing multi-stakeholder partnerships or platforms across most influential and most affected actors could foster the development of more integrated solutions that support the different stakeholders in the lake catchment area and the Awash River Basin.

Empowerment in WASH Index

This brief presents the Empowerment in WASH Index (EWI), a new tool for measuring empowerment in the water, sanitation and health sector, and shows how it has been applied in Burkina Faso.

Resilient options for improving drinking water security in coastal Bangladesh

In this discussion brief the authors present key results from a household survey, a water audit, six focus group discussions and 12 key informant interviews conducted between December 2017 and February 2018 to collect empirical evidence on different aspects of safe and sustainable drinking water services in Polder 29, southwest coastal Bangladesh.

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