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Failing Fast Forward: Learning to Build Water Systems that Last
April 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$25 – $35
Reliable access to clean water changes lives. Without clean water, the health and livelihoods of entire communities are at risk. UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 seeks to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Yet some approaches seem to be better than others when it comes to achieving this goal.
Global progress has been steady – between 2000 and 2015, 1.6 billion people gained access to clean water for the first time. But according to UNICEF, somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects failed after just two to five years. How can this be?
Many development efforts face challenges of sustainability, not just WASH. Several Global Washington members have iterated and improved upon water projects to drive toward success. They are willing to share their missteps and talk about applying sustainability principles across project planning.
Kirk Anderson, Director of International Programs, Water1st International
Cyndie Berg, Director of Business Development, Splash
Patrick Diller, Director, Global Health Program, MSR Global Health