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Table of Contents

Miscellaneous
Implementing Organizations
US Government Documents and Reports
Nongovernmental Organizations
Media/Periodicals
The Impact Of Water
Corporations and Water
Economic Development and Water
Gender and Water
Health and Water
Schools and Water

Water Resource Directory

Advocacy for Water and Sanitation

 

CARE Advocacy Tools and Guidelines
 CARE provides a general set of tools and guidelines to provide a step by step guide for planning advocacy initiatives, as well as advice for successful implementation.
United States Government
 For suggestions on how to advocate for safe drinking water and sanitation with US elected officials, please see the Advocacy page on this site.
WaterAid Advocacy Guide
 This guide, jointly produced by Tearfund and WaterAid, aims to inform and equip NGOs and other civil society organizations to engage with water policy reform processes that involve the private sector
WHO: An advocacy guide
 This guide offers suggestions for organizing events focused on global water needs and World Water Day.
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United Nations and UN Agencies

UN-Water
 UN-Water is the official United Nations portal for follow-up of the water-related decisions reached at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals. The site focuses on all water issues, not just safe drinking water.
UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation 
 This independent body was established in 2004 by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to advise him as well as to galvanize global action on water and sanitation issues.
Please note the library available here, with many documents available online.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Water and Sanitation Portal
 UNICEF works in more than 90 countries to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. The website contains information documenting the need, stories from those who have been helped, documents, games and a website for children and youth as well as pedagogical materials for teachers.
UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
 CSD-13 built upon the outcome of CSD-12 and adopted policy decisions on practical measures and options to expedite implementation of commitments in
 water, sanitationand human settlements. Information on other topics addressed by CSD can be found on the Home Page.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Community Water Initiative
The Community Water Initiative was developed in response to the World Summit on Sustainable Development call for concrete actions to meet global challenges in the field of water and sanitation. Inspired by the success of other UNDP programs, such as UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme, the Local Facility for Urban Environment, and Africa 2000, the Community Water Initiative has functioned as a decentralized, demand driven funding mechanism for sustainable community-based water and sanitation development and management. The Initiative operates closely with the existing UNDP small grant mechanisms and includes their proven effective features.
Water Governance
Water Governance refers to the range of political, social, economic, and administrative systems that are in place to develop and manage water resources and the delivery of water services at different levels of society. It comprises the mechanisms, processes, and institutions through which all involved stakeholders, including citizens and interest groups, articulate their priorities, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mediate their differences.
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Water Portal
 The UNESCO Water Portal is intended to enhance access to information related to freshwater available on the World Wide Web. The site provides links to the current UNESCO and UNESCO-led programs on freshwater and will serve as an interactive point for sharing, browsing and searching websites of water-related organizations, government bodies and NGOs, including a range of categories such as water links, water events, learning modules and other on-line resources.
UN Habitat Water and Sanitation
 The highest priority for UN-HABITAT's Water and Sanitation program is improved access to safe water and adequate sanitation to millions of low-income urban dwellers. Although the task is enormous, it is not insurmountable. Improving access to water and sanitation in low income urban settlements is possible. UN Habitat has regional programs for African and for Asian cities as well as special initiatives for the Lake Victoria and Mekong River regions.
Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council
 The Council exists under a mandate from the United Nations. It focuses exclusively on those people around the world who currently lack water and sanitation and emphasizes the need to view water/sanitation/hygiene (WASH) as an inseparable trinity for development.
World Health Organization (WHO)
 The WHO site for drinking water includes information on activities, reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programs and offices working on this topic.
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Other US and International Organizations

 

Carter Center 
 The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Among its activities, the Carter Center focuses on the alleviation or eradication of a number of water-related diseases.
EU Water Initiative (EUWI)
 EUWI, formed in 2002 after the Johannesburg Summit, was designed to serve as a catalyst and foundation upon which to build activities contributing to reaching the water and sanitation MDGs.
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
 IISD, founded in 1990, provides electronic reports on international negotiations and activities pertaining to sustainable development.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, based in The Netherlands, has news and information, advice, research and training, on low-cost water supply and sanitation in developing countries.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – Hygiene Centre
 The Hygiene Centre seeks to develop a better understanding of hygiene and sanitation practices which can be used to inform public health policy and to apply that knowledge to help improve hygiene, sanitation and household water treatment worldwide.
Millennium Project’s Task Force on Water and Sanitation
 The Millennium Project was commissioned by the UN Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. The full report on water is available online. Note that Chapter 2 has a good overview of the multiplier effects, the argument for including water, sanitation and hygiene in all development work.
National Academies of Science (NAS) - Safe Drinking Water is Essential The Marian Koshland Museum of the NAS created this virtual exhibition to illustrate the global needs for safe drinking water and to explore possible solutions
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
 The OECD has 30 member countries and has relationships with 70 other countries as well as NGOs and civil society. It is noted for its publications and statistics on economic and social issues as well as its role in fostering good governance in the public and corporate sectors. The OECD and the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation are working together to increase global access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
Pacific Institute
 Founded in 1987 and based in Oakland, California, the Pacific Institute is an independent, nonpartisan think-tank studying issues at the intersection of development, environment, and security. Dr. Peter H. Gleick is President. Please note the 2008 publication, A Review of Decision-Making Support Tools in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector. Please note the 2008 publication, A Review of Decision-Making Support Tools in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector.
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
 SIWI, a policy institute contributing to international efforts to find solutions to the world’s
 water and sanitation needs, organizes World Water Week held annually in Stockholm.
Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) This is an international partnership of the world's leading development agencies concerned with improving sector policies, practices and capacities to alleviate poverty by helping the poor gain sustained access to water and sanitation services.
Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)
 WEDC, a self-funding organization at Loughborough University in the UK, focuses on education, training, research, and consultancy relating to the planning, provision, and management of infrastructure for development. WEDC is devoted to activities that improve the health and well-being of people living in both rural areas and urban communities and encourages the integration of technological, environmental, social, economic, and management inputs for effective and sustainable development.
WELL
 The WELL resource centre network provides access to information and support in water, sanitation and environmental health for the Department for International Development (DFID) of the British Government. The management is led by a core team from WEDC (see above).
World Water Assessment Program (WWAP)
 The WWAP focuses on assessing the developing situation as regards freshwater throughout the world. Among its activities is the publication of the World Water Development Report.
World Water Council
 The World Water Council is an international multi-stakeholder platform dealing with water policy topics. It was established in 1996 in response to an increasing concern about world water issues from the global community.
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Events

Blue Planet Run
 Blue Planet Run aims to raise money and awareness to provide safe drinking water to every person on the planet. To that end, they are organizing Blue Planet Run, the longest relay race in the world to focus attention on the issue.
Global Development Marketplace (DM)
 The Development Marketplace is a competitive grant program of the World Bank that funds innovative, small-scale development projects that deliver results and show potential to be expanded or replicated. Thematic areas vary each year.
United Nations Second International Decade for Water: 2005-2015
 The primary goal of the 'Water for Life' Decade is to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015.
World Water Day
 The international observance of World Water Day on March 22 is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.
World Water Week
 World Water Week is an annual event organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute for the benefit of the world’s water community.
World Water Forum
 The World Water Forum, organized by the World Water Council in collaboration with the authorities of the host country, is held every three years.
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Development Banks

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
 The AfDB began operations in 1967; there are 77 member countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. "The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative led by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize financial resources for water sector development in Africa. Created in 2004, the AWF is hosted and managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB)." See also http://www.afdb.org/en/topics-sectors/sectors/water-supply-sanitation/.
Asian Development Bank
 Water for All is the Asian Development Bank's vision for the Asia and Pacific region. For 2006-2010, ADB expects to double its investments in the water sector through its newWater Financing Program, which will direct funds, reforms and capacity development programs at rural communities, cities and river basins.
 This website provides information on ADB's operations, partnerships, knowledge products and other efforts to catalyze reforms and investments in the region's water sector.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
 The EBRD has 60 member countries and works in 27 countries from central Europe to central Asia to help build market economies and democracies. Even with its public sector shareholders, it invests mainly in private enterprises, usually together with commercial partners. Please search the site for water information.
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
 The IADB, founded in 1959, currently has 47 member countries. Its work focuses on the Latin America and Caribbean countries.
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US Government

United States Department of State
 This page links to the Strategy document and related events for implementation of the Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Water at AID
The Global Development Alliance (GDA)
(HIP) The Hygiene Improvement Project is a USAID-funded program that works at scale to improve and sustain hygiene practices.
USAID Reports to Congress
The Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP) is a USAID-funded program that works at scale to improve and sustain hygiene practices.
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
The White House
Library of Congress’ THOMAS legislative information search engine
Millennium Challenge Corporation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 The CDC is a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is charged with protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.
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Non-US Government

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Denmark Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
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Partnerships

Building Partnerships for Development (BPD) in Water and Sanitation BPD Water and Sanitation is an international cross-sector (government, business, civil society and donors) learning network focused on improving access to safe water and effective sanitation in poor communities.
Global Water Challenge (GWC)
 The GWC is a coalition of corporations, foundations, and aid organizations that form partnerships to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education.
USAID's Global Development Alliance (GDA)
 The GDA links US foreign assistance with the resources of the private sector and nongovernmental organizations to create partnerships to address global development needs.
West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI)
 WAWI currently focuses its work on safe water and sanitation, disease reduction, water management and effective partnerships in three countries in West Africa: Ghana, Mali and Niger. Most of the activity is focused in rural areas, with two new activities to be started in peri-urban Bamako (Mali) and Tamale (Ghana).
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Sanitation and Hygiene

Most links on this page have information on sanitation and hygiene. Included here is a selected list of relevant resources.
Global Handwashing Day
Global Handwashing Day is October 15. This website provides useful tools and resources for everyone worldwide to get involved to make the Day a success in their country, city, town, community and school.
Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP)
 HIP is a USAID-funded program that works at scale to improve and sustain hygiene practices.
International Year of Sanitation
 UNDESA is coordinating the International Year of Sanitation, in broad partnership with stakeholders including UN agencies, NGOs, the private sector and academia, to raise awareness and to accelerate progress on sanitation. This is the official website of the Year and contains the action plan, events listing and library with background and technical information.
LatinoSan 2007
 Eighteen Latin American Countries sign the Cali Declaration to close the first regional conference on sanitation with a commitment to pursue the MDG sanitation target and the objectives of the International Year of Sanitation.
Sanlexicon
 Sanlexicon is an open source web platform designed to promote a common understanding of technical terms related to all aspects of sanitation and excreta management (technical, financial, institutional, social).
Soap, Toilets and Taps
 This publication provides an overview of UNICEF's strategy and response to water, sanitation and hygiene needs.
State of the World's Toilets
 This report from WaterAid covers every aspect of the humble yet vital toilet, highlighting the fact that while in the developing world we take our toilets for granted, for many communities in developing countries plastic bags or secluded bushes are as close as they get to sanitation provision. The report ranks the world's countries for sanitation provision; with 40% of the world's population lacking somewhere safe to go to the toilet, the list is long and made up of some of the poorest countries in the world.
Toolkit on Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water in Schools
 This website provides information and resources regarding the need, sector assessments, and the project cycle.
Water and Sanitation Program Cartoon Calendars
 The Water and Sanitation Program's annual Cartoon Calendar uses humor to raise awareness of the multiple and complex issues surrounding the provision of water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services for poverty reduction.
Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation Link
 The Manual was produced by the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Programme and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). Available as free download in English, French and Spanish.
UN Human Rights Council Report on Sanitation
 The independent expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation submitted this report on the human rights obligations related to sanitation. The report outlines a definition of sanitation in human rights terms, and explains the human rights obligations related to sanitation, as well as the content of those obligations.
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Climate Change and Adaptation

Africa Adapt
 This is a knowledge sharing site for water and climate change adaptation in Africa. Available in French and English.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water
 Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Vision 2030: The resilience of water supply and sanitation in the face of climate change:
 The vision 2030 study of DFID and WHO set out to increase our understanding of how anticipated climate change may affect drinking-water and sanitation services and what can be done to optimize resilience of technologies, infrastructure and services.
Vital Water Graphics
 This 2008 update of the 'Vital Water Graphics' is aimed at giving an overview of the state of water resources in the world
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Technical Information to Develop a Project

Many of the resources listed here offer a great deal of technical information on specific aspects of water/sanitation/hygiene projects.
Centre for Science and Environment Rainwater Harvesting.org (CSE)
 This site, focused on rainwater practices in India, includes advocacy and technical information as well as case studies for both rural and urban areas.
Clean Water: What is Acceptable Microbial Risk?
 This report from the American Academy of Microbiology examines the risks related to pathogens in the water supply and puts forth recommendations for areas of research, communication needs, and methods of microbial risk assessment.
Environmental Health Project (EHP)
 EHP, an initiative of USAID, maintains an online database of technical documents dating from the 1980s.
Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP) 
 HIP is a USAID-funded program that works at scale to improve and sustain hygiene practices.
International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA)
 IRHA,founded in 2002 in Johannesburg at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to unify rainwater harvesting organizations around the world, promotes rainwater harvesting within the context of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and links local social and economic development with the protection of vital ecosystems.
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs: Safe Water (CCP)
 CCP works with local governments, communities, and organizations to communicate the benefits of safe water and clean environments.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – Hygiene Centre
 The Hygiene Centre seeks to develop a better understanding of hygiene and sanitation practices which can be used to inform public health policy and to apply that knowledge to help improve hygiene, sanitation and household water treatment worldwide.
Safe Drinking Water Alliance (SDWA)
 SDWA, which in addition to CCP includes Procter & Gamble, CARE and Population Services International, works to further the use of point-of-use (POU) technologies globally to assist those without access to potable water.
Toolkit on Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water in Schools.
 This website provides information and resources regarding the need, sector assessments, and the project cycle.
Water for the World Technical Notes
 Lifewater International maintains an online technical library. The basis of this collection is the set of 160 technical notes developed by USAID in the 1980s. Lifewater adds other pertinent documents to the collection as well.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Populations at Risk
 This is Action Against Hunger's comprehensive manual for extending water and sanitation improvements to populations in need in both emergency and development settings.
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Information and Communications Resources

Circle of Blue
 Circle of Blue is a communications project utilizing a global network of journalists, photographers, writers, artists, filmmakers, internet specialists, educators, researchers and data managers to propel water awareness into the mainstream human dialog with the goal of catalyzing the political will for social change.
Development Gateway
 The Development Gateway, launched by the World Bank, is now an independent nonprofit organization. It utilizes the internet to provide information exchanges and build local capacity.
Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Water Resources and Wastewater Network
 This is an electronic discussion group focused on sharing experience and knowledge for the sustainable management of water resources in this region.
ADD Water Demand Management Glossary Link
 The glossary is developed in three languages: Arabic, English and French and targets policy makers, research groups, NGOs and other practitioners working in the Middle East and North Africa on water demand management and promoting the efficient, equitable and sustainable use of water.
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Miscellaneous

Akvo - the open source for water and sanitation
 Akvo's goal is to "provide free and open working knowledge, a collaborative community, micro finance solutions and a marketplace for the water and sanitation community." The site is still in the early stages but the developers encourage input and feedback from the users.
CARA
 CARA is a water resource training network focusing on building local capacity to improve the management and protection of Central American water resources. The website can be read in Spanish and English; the materials are primarily in Spanish.
Climbing the Water Ladder - Multiple-Use Water Services for Poverty Reduction
 This book shows how multiple-use water services (MUS) are best suited to meeting people's diverse water needs.
India Water Portal
International Rural Water Association LINK
 International Rural Water Association (IRWA) was established in 1988 to create circuit rider technical assistance programs in developing countries, build sustainable water treatment systems and improve health through safe water.
Vital Water Graphics: An Overview of the State of the World's Fresh and Marine Waters
 The goal of this report from the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Its goal is to produce a clear overview, through a set of graphics, maps and other illustrations, of the current state of the world's fresh, coastal and marine waters.
 The MDG Monitor (a joint project of the United Nations, Google and Cisco) shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Monitor is designed as a tool for policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, students and others to track progress through interactive maps and country-specific profiles, learn about countries' challenges and achievements, read the latest news and support organizations working on the MDGs around the world. The homepage also includes a countdown to 2015 clock.
Millennium Development Goals Indicators
 This site presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for the 48 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
 NGWA is a trade association for anyone involved with the ground water industry.
Water Environment Federation (WEF)
 WEF is a technical and educational membership organization that works toward the preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. Membership includes individuals and corporations in 30 countries.
Water Footprint
 The water footprint of an individual, business or nation is defined as the total volume of fresh water that is used to produce the foods and services consumed by the individual, business or nation. A water footprint is generally expressed in terms of the volume of water use per year.
Water Integrity Network (WIN)
 WIN was officially launched by Transparency International (TI), and five leading water organizations during the 2006 World Water Week in Stockholm. Its mission is to promote anti-corruption solutions in water, sanitation and water resources management worldwide
WaterWiki
 An initiative of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), this website is for knowledge sharing and on-line collaboration among Water Governance practitioners and UNDP-partners in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and CIS.
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Implementing Organizations

Implementing organizations are an excellent source of information regarding water/sanitation/hygiene issues, technical information, and case studies for specific projects. For a representative list of such organizations, please click here.
Reports and Documents
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US Government Documents and Reports

USAID “Reports to Congress Regarding Investments in Drinking Water Supply Projects and Related Activities”
US Government Accountability Office’s “Report to Congress on Federal Freshwater Programs in the United States and Abroad
US Public Law 109-121 – The Senator Paul Simon Water For the Poor Act. Scroll down to Pub.L. 109-121.
United States Department of State This page links to Strategy document related events for implementation of the Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act.
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Nongovernmental Organizations

Aspen Institute
 A Silent Tsunami: The Urgent Need for Clean Water and Sanitation notes that ”for lack of clean water and sanitation, as many poor people are dying each month as perished during the Southeast Asian tsunami.” Based on a 2005 dialogue sponsored by the Aspen Institute’s Program on Energy, the Environment, and the Economy and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, this report provides a series of recommendations on this challenge for governments, businesses, and other organizations.
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
 SIWI, in collaboration with other organizations, publishes papers on a number of topics related to water/sanitation/hygiene as well as broader water topics.
United Nations
 United Nations United Nations 3rd World Water Report: Water in a Changing World.
World Health Organization 
 A fact sheet showing water and sanitation as primary drivers of public health.
World Health Organization and UNICEF
 WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Water Supply and Sanitation Report
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Media/Periodicals

 

“Dying For a Drink of Clean Water,” Jan Eliasson and Susan Blumenthal, Washington Post Op-Ed, September 20, 2005
Saving Lives Through Global Safe Water” by James M. Hughes and Jeffrey P. Kaplan, Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2005 Oct
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Corporations and Water

 

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR): Water Issues
 BSR is a global organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect ethical values, people, communities and the environment.
CEO Water Mandate
 Launched in July 2007, the CEO Water Mandate is a unique public-private initiative designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices.
CERES: Investors and Environmentalists for Sustainable Prosperity
 CERES is a coalition of North American investors, environmental and public interest organizations united to advance corporate responsibility by looking at environmental and social issues.
Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)
 GEMI’s Water Sustainability Work Group has developed a tool to help companies better understand their relationships to water.
Water for Business
 Initiatives from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to guide sustainable water management in the private sector.
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Economic Development and Water

 

Making Water a Part of Economic Development:  The Economic Benefits of Improved Water Management and Services.
 This 2005 report articulates the close link between water and the economy and makes the case that investing in water management and services is absolutely essential for the eradication of poverty and is a necessary condition for enabling sustained economic growth.
Safer Water Better Health.
 This comprehensive overview provides the epidemiological evidence and economic arguments for fully integrating water, sanitation and hygiene in countries' disease reduction strategies.
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Gender and Water

Expert Meeting Group on Gender-disaggregated Data on Water and Sanitation
 December 2008 conference to take stock of existing gender-disaggregated data on water and sanitation at global and regional levels, to identify obstacles to collecting such data and to make recommendations to improve the state of gender-disaggregated data on water and sanitation.
UN Water Task Force on Gender and Water
 Among the Task Force's objectives are the promotion of gender mainstreaming in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to water and sanitation and the promotion of coherence and coordination of activities by UN Water members and partners in this area. Please note the 2008 Expert Group Meeting on Gender-Disaggregated Data on Water and Sanitation (see entry above).
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Health and Water

Carter Center
 The Carter Center has several programs addressing water-related diseases.
Center for Global Safe Water (CGSW),
 Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
 CGSW conducts applied research, evaluation, and training to promote global health equity through universal access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for the world's most vulnerable populations.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 The CDC is a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.
Clean Water: What is Acceptable Microbial Risk?
 This report from the American Academy of Microbiology examines the risks related to pathogens in the water supply and puts forth recommendations for areas of research, communication needs, and methods of microbial risk assessment.
Environmental Health Project (EHP)
 EHP, an initiative of USAID, maintains an online database of technical documents dating from the 1980s.
Handwashing Handbook
 The Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing is a global initiative to promote handwashing with soap to reduce diarrhea, a major cause of child mortality in many countries today.
Global Handwashing Day - October 15
 Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. On Global Handwashing Day, playgrounds, classrooms, community centers, and the public spaces of towns and cities around the world will be awash with activity to drive handwashing behavior change, bringing the critical issue to center stage.
Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP)
 HIP is a USAID-funded program that works at scale to improve and sustain hygiene practices.
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs: Safe Water (CCP)
 CCP works with local governments, communities, and organizations to communicate the benefits of safe water and clean environments.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – Hygiene Centre
 The Hygiene Centre seeks to develop a better understanding of hygiene and sanitation practices which can be used to inform public health policy and to apply that knowledge to help improve hygiene, sanitation and household water treatment worldwide.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
 This international public health agency is working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. Information on water-related disease can be found on this page regarding neglected diseases. Additional information on drinking water, especially disaster response, can be found here.
Safe Drinking Water Alliance (SDWA)
 SDWA, in addition to CCP, includes Procter & Gamble (P&G), CARE and Population Services International (PSI). They work to further the use of point-of-use (POU) technologies globally to assist those without access to potable water.
Safer Water Better Health
 This WHO-produced report depicts country-by-country estimates of the burden of disease due to water, sanitation and hygiene and highlights how much disease could be prevented through increased access to safe water and better hygiene.
Toolkit on Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water in Schools. 
 This website provides information and resources regarding the need, sector assessments, and the project cycle.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Quantifying the health impact at national and local levels in countries with incomplete water supply and sanitation coverage. This recently published guide from the WHO describes how to estimate the disease burden caused by water, sanitation and hygiene, on a national and regional level. It outlines the evidence linking water, sanitation and hygiene to health, and the methods for assessing its impacts on a population basis. This is done in a practical step-by-step approach that can be adapted to local circumstances and knowledge.
World Health Organization (WHO)
 The WHO site for drinking water includes information on activities, reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programs ana d offices working on this topic.
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Schools and Water

Project Wet
 The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators, and communities of the world with water education.
Sanitation Connection
 The Sanitation Connection provides links to publications, web sites and mailing lists for information related to school sanitation.
Toolkit on Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water in Schools. 
 This website provides information and resources regarding the need, sector assessments, and the project cycle.
Towards Effective Programming for WASH in Schools: A Manual on Scaling Up Programs for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools
 The manual deals with school water, sanitation and hygiene education. It describes many of the elements needed for scaling up programs for water, sanitation and hygiene in schools while ensuring quality and sustainability.
UNICEF Voices of Youth
 This website provides information, games, and ideas on how to take action on water, sanitation and hygiene.
Water Rights and Wrongs: A young people's summary of the United Nations Human Development Report 2006
 The young people of the world produced this booklet that includes drawings, poems and human stories on water and development, entirely made by and for young people. It's available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Basque.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools 
 The IRC provides a list of resources for water/sanitation/hygiene in schools.
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