Water & Sanitation

Refugees, returnees from Nigeria strain Niger host population

DAKAR, 23 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - There are now more returnees and refugees in Niger’s southeastern region of Diffa near the border with Nigeria than there are Malian refugees in western Niger, straining host populations who are already some of the poorest people in the world, and the local authorities. full report

Analysis: Water and conflict

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - In 2001 then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars in the future.” A year later he revised that position, saying water problems could be a “catalyst for cooperation”. full report

Kariba Dam collapse fears and disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe

HARARE, 9 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Could fears of the imminent collapse of the more than five-decade-old Kariba Dam on the Zambezi river between Zimbabwe and Zambia spur Zimbabwe into more effective disaster preparedness? full report

Malnutrition stalks Pakistan’s desert regions

KARACHI, 31 March 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Pastoralists and others in Pakistan’s desert regions of Cholistan in the southern Punjab and Tharparkar in Sindh are facing a grave crisis: Their livestock are dying, their children are malnourished, and when families move to less drought-affected areas they often get a hostile reception. full report

Jordan pins water hopes on controversial pipeline project

AMMAN, 20 March 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps. full report

Factoring conflict reduction into WASH programmes

CHESKAM (EASTERN NEPAL), 14 March 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Evidence that sanitation interventions can contribute to local stability and conflict reduction is encouraging and should be considered in programme design, experts say. full report

Laos’s urban-rural WASH divide

VIENTIANE, 5 March 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Laos has been growing at 8 percent a year over the past decade but rural areas, where most people still live, are being left behind in terms of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, health experts warn. full report

Jordanian farmers face “driest season in decades”

KARAK, 26 February 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - On the surface all looks well: the sky above southern Jordan is deep blue and the sun is shining over fields of wheat and barley. Some families are out playing in the fields and celebrating the first glimpse of spring. full report

Villages flooded as heavy rains weaken Zimbabwe dam

HARARE/MASVINGO, 13 February 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The Zimbabwean government has appealed to the international community for nearly US$20 million to help evacuate and assist 60,000 people at risk of being swept away by rapidly rising water in a partially constructed dam, following heavy rainfall in the normally drought-prone Masvingo province in the southeast. full report

Papua New Guinea battles open defecation

GOROKA, 10 February 2014 (IRIN Asia) - When Willie Savo needs to relieve himself, there’s only one place to go. “Near the mango tree,” the five-year-old said outside his family’s village home. “Where else am I supposed to go?” full report

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