Open defecation remains a critical global health challenge, affecting almost 1 billion people around the world and contributing significantly to the estimated 842,000 people who die each year because of poor sanitation, hygiene practices, and unsafe water supplies. A new study proposes a framework to support the initiation and maintenance of open defecation behavior change.

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Publication: Nudging and Habit Change for Open Defecation: New Tactics from Behavioral Science

A new $1.5 billion World Bank program will support the Government of India in implementing the rural component of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), or the Clean India Mission.

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This year, #worldwaterday focuses on the connection between water and jobs. Today, almost half of the world's 1.5 billion workers are working in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery.

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Video: Sesame Street and World Bank Wish You a Happy World Water Day
Video Playlist: World Water Day 2016

The World Bank Zimbabwe office is hosting its first hackathon to address challenges in water and sanitation services (WSS) delivery in the country.

The objective of this event is to raise awareness and showcase the potential of local developers to craft innovative technical solutions and applications for addressing the challenges of water and sanitation service delivery in Zimbabwe.



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.



Featured Initiatives

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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