The Sustainable Development Goals set the challenge to ensure all people have sustained use of safe water and sanitation and practice safe hygiene (WASH), to enable everyone to derive the associated health and wellbeing benefits. Increasingly, market-based approaches are being employed to generate demand for water and sanitation (WASH) services among impoverished communities, but these market approaches have been met with variable success across the globe. We undertook multidisciplinary and participatory action research to examine the possibility of WASH marketing systems as an approach to achieve WASH outcomes for Melanesian communities of the Pacific, in particular informal urban or peri-urban communities. We developed a WASH Marketing Exchange systems Framework, which describes the nature of WASH exchanges that should be leveraged in informal settlements, and the requirements of the enabling environment to foster and support these WASH exchanges.
Research and Development of Hygiene Behaviour Change of Elementary Schoolchildren in the Philippines
This one-year project, led by IWC in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and in collaboration with UNICEF Philippines and the WinS Technical Working Group, was created to address gaps in understanding barriers to hygiene and sanitation practices in schools.
This project integrated climate change impacts and current practices to develop a framework to enable communities and water managers to navigate from understanding impacts to evaluating adaptation options for water supply and sanitation.
WASHCost Associate Research Programme: Cost-effectiveness of hygiene promotion interventions in Andhra Pradesh, India
WASHCost was run by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Resource Centre, emphasising full life-cycle costing for water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, including an understanding of the recurrent costs needed to maintain a level of service delivery.
IWC carried out a scoping study to determine whether formative hygiene research could lead to more effective hygiene promotion strategies and behaviour change outcomes.
The project led by IWC's Brian McIntosh explores urbanisation and stormwater management.
In 2011 IWC delivered a custom-designed course in integrated river basin management to 15 professionals from the Yellow River Conservancy Commission.
The objective of this compilation is to strengthen the capacity of organisations to design and deliver effective hygiene promotion programs leading to the improved health of communities.
This project reviewed the current and future human resource needs of the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea and PDR Laos as they strive to meet goals for water and sanitation.
The Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program (WPSMIP) improved gender-appropriate access to water and sanitation facilities in The Solomon Islands, PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu.
The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities brings together the inter-disciplinary research expertise and thought-leadership to undertake research to revolutionise water management in Australia and overseas.
World Vision Australia contracted IWC to carry-out a regional evaluation of their five Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in the Pacific Development Group countries of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
The AUD $3.9 million River Health and Environmental Flow in China Project was managed by the IWC from August 2009 to March 2012 under the Australia-China Environment Development Partnership (ACEDP). The project aimed to improve China’s national approaches to water resource management in the areas of river health and environmental flow assessment and implementation.
In 2011 practitioners and professionals from governments, donors and NGOs, students and academics, came together to discuss one of the greatest challenges to the water, sanitation and hygiene sector; sustainability.
This project was funded under the Raising National Water Standards Program administered by the National Water Commission and contributed to improved environmental water management and planning through a set of tangible, science-based outcomes.
KnowledgeHubs is the Asia-Pacific Water Forum’s network of regional water centres of excellence. The centres share information and champion solutions to improve water security in the Asia-Pacific region.
This report provides supplementary material to the Meeting the Sanitation and Water Challenge in South-East Asia and the Paciﬁc: Synthesis of the 2008 Sanitation and Water Conference.
The IWC published "Meeting the Sanitation and Water Challenge in South-East Asia and the Pacific" - a report of the actions discussed by the participants who gathered at the 2008 Sanitation and Water Conference in Melbourne.
The review of environmental monitoring program for Porgera Joint Venture served to ensure that the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea did not adversely affect the downstream river system (Lagiap, Strickland and Fly Rivers).
IWC worked with Tweed Shire Council to develop and implement an Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program in three phases.
IWC is working with Tweed Shire Council to develop and implement an Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program in three phases.
Water is a fundamental environmental, economic and social need. The water wealth index provides a scientifically-based, defendable process of aid prioritisation as decision support for allocation of water-related aid.
The research will identify thresholds of habitat and ecological response to flow regime alteration that will inform environmental flow management in rivers with contrasting flow regime characteristics and particular human ‘footprints’.
A review for the Moreton Bay Healthy Waterways Partnership which assessed the impacts of phosphorous loads on Moreton Bay and its estuaries.
A set of case studies for a publication entitled Sharing Experiences: Sustainable Sanitation in South-East Asia and the Pacific.
The primary objective of the work was to develop a strategic approach for AusAID to engage with NGOs in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.
The Australian Water Research Facility (AWRF) was a research partnership between AusAID and IWC for water and development issues in the Asia Pacific region.
This project was designed to establish the environmental determinants of waterborne Campylobacter infection, and the spatial and temporal distribution of associated gastrointestinal disease.
IWC researchers have discovered that we can sucessfully transfer approaches developed in Australia to enhance sustainable water management in developing countries.
Sharing experiences: Effective hygiene promotion in South-East Asia and the Pacific was launched on Global Handwashing Day, Friday 15 October 2010.