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IWC research partnership enters “action” phase in Solomon Islands 

The baseline assessments consist of WASH household survey to assess the WASH situation and householders’ attitudes and practices, infrastructure inspections of the water system, sanitary risk assessments and water quality testing, as well as key informant interviews.  
[caption id="attachment_3282" align="aligncenter" width="430"] SINU researchers conducting drinking water quality testing in a rural village in Solomon Islands.[/caption]   The baseline assessments consist of WASH household survey to assess the WASH situation and householders’ attitudes and practices, infrastructure inspections of the water system, sanitary risk assessments and water quality testing, as well as key informant interviews. The data collection activities will be conducted again in communities after the implementation of different community engagement approaches, as part of a before and after assessment to determine the impacts of different interventions for improving community-based water management. Another component of data collection involves process monitoring through interviews with implementers from government and NGO partners, to identify strengths and weaknesses, to inform implementation effectiveness and, where appropriate, revision of the approaches.  [caption id="attachment_3284" align="aligncenter" width="429"] SINU researchers conducting key informant interviews in a rural village in Solomon Islands.[/caption]   The PaCWaM+ project is managed by the International WaterCentre at Griffith University and delivered with our research partners Solomon Islands National University and The University of the South Pacific. The research is funded by the Australian Aid’s Water for Women Fund, and is supported by Plan International Australia, Live Learn Solomon Islands, Habitat for Humanity Australia and Fiji.    [caption id="attachment_3286" align="aligncenter" width="420"] USP researchers conducting drinking water quality testing in a rural village in Fiji.[/caption]   For more information, visit our website: http://www.watercentre.org/research/research-impacts/pcwm/    NOTE: Top Banner Photo Credit: LA Times.   Collaboration List: Image previewImage previewImage previewImage preview Image previewImage previewImage previewImage preview

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Community members receive research findings reports 

The report also includes key recommendations that community members and leaders can implement to improve their water services, as well as information about hand hygiene in the context of COVID-19.  
Copies of the village reports were presented to the Village Chief, the Water Committee, and the village nurse in each community. Additionally, posters were displayed in public places where all the community members could see them  The water committee members who received these reports thanked the research team for conducting the research in their community and for bringing back the results. A water committee chairman from one of the communities said, “the report shares a very powerful message to the village and noted that they have started planning how the committee can work together with the community to improve their water supply system and management practices based on the research findings.   [caption id="attachment_3263" align="aligncenter" width="790"] Community members receive research findings reports. Photo: IWC.[/caption]   The PaCWaM+ project is managed by the International WaterCentre at Griffith University and delivered with our research partners, Solomon Islands National University and the University of South Pacific. The research is funded by the Australian Aid’s Water for Women Fund, and is supported by Plan International Australia, Live & Learn Solomon Islands, Habitat for Humanity Australia and Fiji.  To learn more, visit: www.watercentre.org/research/pcwm   

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Alumni of the IWC Water Leadership Program reconnect 

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Stakeholder engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic: Running an international multi-modal research workshop for the Inclusive WASH-at Work project. 

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Happy World Toilet Day from the International WaterCentre! 

Did you know that 4.2 billion people do not have access to safely managed sanitation around the world?
In 2020, the lucky ones amongst us have been enjoying our home toilets more than usual thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. What better chance to daydream of your next overseas visit? When you think about where to travel, will you be thinking about the quality of the hotel bathroom facilities? And what of the toilet facilities of surrounding communities? One IWC research project, Engaging corporate actors for inclusive WASH-at-work, is unpacking the real water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) situation in hotels and surround communities in Indonesia and Fiji. Whilst it has been hit hard by COVID-19 travel restrictions, Mandalika in Lombok (Indonesia) is tipped to be the next ‘big Bali’. It is an increasingly popular and rapidly developing tourism destination for domestic and international visitors. While tourists there enjoy excellent services, this is not necessarily the case for locals, with between 5-15% of the population in surrounding villages not having access to toilets at home. Solutions to address this gap need concerted efforts of government, communities as well as hotels who all have a role to play in delivering clean and healthy environments. To read more about this project’s work to develop Inclusive WASH-at-work approaches with hotels and other stakeholders for equitable development visit the project site.   [caption id="attachment_3220" align="alignnone" width="668"] IWC's WASH project teams wish you a Happy World Toilet Day![/caption]   NOTE: Banner image photo credit, Jax10289/istock via Getty Images.

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Professional postgraduate education in a COVID world 

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New tool shows water security vital for fighting COVID-19 in Indo-Pacific 

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Matchmaking for water solutions at high-impact marketplace event 

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Challenges and opportunities for the water sector 

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How pollution is robbing rural America of fresh water 

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Bang for buck in urban water security in Brisbane 

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