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South African children in Kwa-Zulu Natal walk to the last tap with running water after other communal taps were cut off due to drought. Reuters/Rogan Ward

South Africa is no longer the poster child for providing access to safe water

South Africa did a brilliant job of increasing access to safe water for millions of people after the first democratic elections in 1994. But it hasn't kept up the good work.
An innovative water-sensitive project aims to dramatically improve the health of slums and their environment together.

Water-sensitive innovations to transform health of slums and environment

A five-year project announced today will implement an innovative water-sensitive approach tailored to informal settlements. The goal is to revitalise 24 communities in Fiji and Indonesia.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is guided through Mbalmayo, Cameroon, a town where residents are engaged in projects to further the MDGs. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

How Africa can perform better in the new round of UN development goals

The Millennium Development Goals failed in aspects like poverty. Lessons must be learnt to ensure that these mistakes will not be repeated by the Sustainable Development Goals.
Just another day in Nairobi’s Kibera slums. Slums are characterised by densely packed settlements with inadequate provision of services. Reuters/Noor Khamis

Slum health is not urban health: why we must distinguish between the two

Despite increased global awareness about poor conditions in slums, the health of their inhabitants is a little studied phenomenon.
Think of all the resources needed to transform Shenzhen, a fishing town 35 years ago, into a megacity of more than 10 million people. Wikimedia Commons

Our cities need to go on a resource diet

Our cities need to become much more efficient not just to conserve precious resources but to improve the economy, wellbeing and resilience to environmental change and disasters.
People use the Wawa River in the Philippines for many purposes. Phoebelyn Gulunan, 2016

Sanitation projects will go down the toilet unless we ask people what they really want

Community participation is vital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. But at the moment it often comes too little, too late.

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