In addition to money, strong institutions, accountability and mechanisms that turn investment into effective services for people who need it, are critical to achieving universal water access and safe human waste management, according to a report by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) in partnership with the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.

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This year’s cartoon calendar depicts the importance of water security, a crucial issue that lies at the core of the World Bank Group’s goals: to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity for the poorest 40%.

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With technical support from the World Bank, hundreds of rural water points in Tanzania will soon be powered by solar energy, a more affordable way for rural communities to operate and maintain rural water schemes/systems.

Related: Project: Tanzania Water Sector Development Program

This year the theme of World Toilet Day focuses on making explicit the link between toilets and nutrition. Malnutrition is a multifaceted problem that involves more than availability and affordability of food. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly 58 percent of diarrhea is associated with poor water, sanitation and hygiene. 

Related: Sesame Street and World Bank Wish You a Happy World Toilet Day

Providing financing for household water and toilet facilities is still a relatively new concept, but it has the potential to help address the global water crisis by allowing households to spread these high up-front costs over time. Emerging evidence from the World Bank Water Global Practice’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and Water.org is finding that water and sanitation microfinance can be one solution to increase access and reach hundreds of millions at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

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Scaling Up Rural Sanitation
Supporting governments and private sector to implement sanitation programs at scale.
Economics of Sanitation (ESI)
Study estimates billions of dollars in losses from poor sanitation.
Domestic Private Sector Participation
Assisting domestic private sector participants to help increase access to water and sanitation services, especially for the poor.

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