Our organisation was formed 30 years ago to share ideas on making the poor richer. Now a new mindset has led the organisation to change its name
People would always give me a quizzical look. “And what is that, exactly?” they would ask, if brave enough to reveal their naiveté about what was to become the next decades of my life.
“Well, it’s the study of how to help poor countries become richer,” I would explain of my choice to study international development.
Many water and sanitation services are unreliable and sub-standard. We NGOs must change our way of working and be accountable when projects fail
For years we’ve been installing hand pumps all around the world, desperate to get clean water to people who don’t have it. In some ways, we have been successful; 1.6 billion people gained access for the first time between 2000 and 2015 [pdf].
But behind that statistic, the real picture looks like this: too many water and sanitation services in developing countries are still unreliable, sub-standard and need major repairs after three to five years.