Engineering for Change

Interest: Sanitation

About one in three people worldwide don’t have access to improved sanitation, but managing waste could solve a lot of the world’s health problems. For all of its importance, the issue still gets little attention. We have the solutions. Good, low-cost latrines have been built worldwide, latrines that do not require an expensive sewage system because they compost waste to convert it into safe fertilizer. The toilets of the world’s future might look reminiscent of the toilets of the past, and that’s a testament to user-centered design.

Interest: Sanitation

  • Interest
  • Sanitation
Rob Goodier

A Prototypical Waste Recycling Process Could Clean Up the Stainless Steel Industry

February 2, 2019

Note: This technology is one of our Promising Prototypes to Watch in 2019. See the full list at the...

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Rob Goodier

Promising Prototypes to Watch in 2019

January 29, 2019

The technologies that improve lives in the world’s underserved communities are born as prototypes that evolve through testing and...

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Megan Richardson

How Design Decisions Affect the Usability of Sanitation Devices

January 3, 2019

Design decisions have created limitations in sanitation products for underserved communities. These decisions affect who uses the products, how...

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Riley Mulhern

Are one-size-fits-all metrics for global WASH really appropriate?

December 5, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered where global WASH statistics come from, you’re not alone. For example: In 2015, 844 million...

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Virendra Kumar Vijay

Biological Waste to Biogas: A Solution to Self-Sustainable Energy in Rural India

October 10, 2018

“Independence begins at the bottom. A society must be built in which every village has to be self-sustained and...

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Kelly Alexander

mWater tops a CARE team’s comparison of ICT tools for monitoring water and sanitation projects

September 4, 2018

The CARE Water+ team reviewed three ICT tools to improve the efficiency of monitoring data on water points and...

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Dani Barrington

Blunders, Bloopers and Foul-Ups: Sharing Failures in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs

August 1, 2018

Shit happens. It is known that international development programs don’t always go as planned, and the water, sanitation and...

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Rob Goodier

Satellites and Cell Phones: A Guide to Remote Monitoring of Water and Sanitation Technology in Global Development

April 24, 2018

From satellites peeping at water sources to “smart” latrines, new tools have emerged to help fix the problems with...

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Tom Decker

Transfer Sanitation Technology from Developed Markets to Meet the SDGs

April 13, 2018

If the world is going to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to basic sanitation...

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Guest Author

Achieving SDG 6: The Need for Local Centers of WASH Expertise (and How to Do It)

March 15, 2018

The goal: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The task at hand,...

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  • Yes, but. We may be helping with improvements in ways, that aren't measured in the official statistics. Many of the systems we work on, IF they are done in co-operation with the community are both repairable and duplicatible by/in the community. If those actions only require local materials and labo...

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