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Working toward reliable rural water supplies

Stanford Ph.D. candidate Daniel Smith leads a project in Uganda aimed at achieving safe, reliable water services by incentivizing water infrastructure maintenance.

Within Uganda’s rural Apac District, over 700 wells with handpumps represent a key to prosperity for residents who carry heavy water jugs from the pumps to their homes. When pumps fail, family...

Published: Friday, March 22, 2019 Source: Michelle Horton, WHD
Big Earth Water Hackathon challenges students to address planetary water problems

Students from various disciplines participated in the Big Earth Water Hackathon, crafting innovative projects aimed at solving a range of related issues, including some at the intersection of human health, economic development and access to safe water. 

City streets flood, sewage-tainted water rises above people’s knees, parents cradle children so they aren’t swept up in the river that once was a road. Climate change-driven sea level rise and...

Published: Monday, March 18, 2019 Source: Dylan Cooper, WHD
World Toilet Day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

WHD-affiliated researcher Stephen Luby wants the focus of World Toilet Day to be less about toilets and more about the improvement of sanitation systems for people in developing countries.

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Source: Stanford News Service
Why World Toilet Day?

Stanford expert discusses toilet and sanitation misunderstandings and challenges.

As my mother can attest, potty training isn’t easy. Even when I had mastered getting onto the toilet with a step stool, my aim was imperfect. Eventually I got the hang of it. Many people never get...

Published: Monday, November 19, 2018 Source: Dylan Cooper, WHD
Thinking Through Shared Sanitation

WHD researcher launches World Bank report intended to help decision makers think through complex shared sanitation-related decisions on issues such as payment and maintenance models, regulation, and community preferences.

A solution isn’t a solution if it stops working. Taking that message to heart, Rebecca Gilsdorf works with international funders, government ministers and others to ensure shared sanitation...

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Source: WHD

Events

Woods Institute 5th Anniversary Symposium Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 2:00pm

Jenna Davis, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, presents current research on the connections between water, sanitation and child mortality in Tanzania along with potential...

How can trade improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa? Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 3:30pm

An FSE, FSI Stanford Symposium: For decades, earnings from farming in many developing countries, including in sub-Saharan Africa, have been depressed by a pro-urban bias in own-country policies, as well as by governments of richer countries favouring their farmers with import barriers and subsidies. Both sets of policies reduced global economic welfare and agricultural trade, and almost certainly added to global inequality and poverty and to food insecurity in many low-income countries. Progress has been made over the past three decades in reducing the trend levels of agricultural protection in high-income countries and of agricultural disincentives in African and other developing countries. However, there is a propensity for governments to insulate their domestic food market from fluctuations in international prices, and that has not waned. That action amplifies international food price fluctuations, yet when both food-importing and food-exporting countries so engage in insulating behaviour, it does little to advance their national food security. Anderson argues much scope remains to improve economic welfare and reduce poverty and food insecurity by removing trade distortions. He summarizes indicators of these trends and fluctuations in trade barriers before pointing to changes in both border policies and complementary domestic measures that together could improve African food security.

Bay Area WASH Symposium Friday, May 17, 2013 - 9:00am

May 17th, 2013: The Bay area WASH symposium hosted by the Stanford Water, Health & Development Program with support from the Woods Institute for the Environment.

Keynote Seminar: Sustainable Development in China: Water, Energy and Food Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Stanford Environmental...

Public Health Seminar Series: "Water, Diseases, and Pollutants" Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 12:00pm

Stanford University's professors, Dr. Steve Luby and Dr. Scott Ferndorf, discuss water, diseases, and pollutants at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health's Public Health Seminar Series.