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IRIN Analysis Examines Success Rates Of WASH Aid Programs

“The success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs) water target and massive growth in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs have masked a little-discussed secret: WASH interventions frequently fail,” IRIN reports. The news service examines the pressures aid organizations face to produce results; problems associated with not involving local communities in the planning and implementation processes; complications when addressing WASH issues during or following humanitarian disasters; and challenges in maintaining the long-term sustainability of WASH projects. “Few, if any, countries can claim to have a large-scale WASH system thanks to international [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)],” the news service writes. The article includes quotes from George De Gooijer, a water expert for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy Cotonou, Benin; Sasha Kramer, co-founder and executive director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods; Arno Rosemarin, senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute; Prakash Jumar, chief executive officer of the WASH Institute in India; Katarina Runeberg, an environmental adviser with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency; Patrick Fox, an adviser to the disaster unit at the Swedish Red Cross; and Peter Morgan, a WASH inventor and scientist (James, 9/17).