Beyond wells and hand pumps: The next phase in the fight for clean water

A woman conducts a water quality test with a field kit in the Medak district of Telangana, India. Photo by: Sanjit Das / Safe Water Network / CC BY-NC-ND

LONDON — New approaches to delivering clean water to the world’s poor are desperately needed to reach the call for universal and sustainable water and sanitation by 2030 — but the challenge is hard to meet in a sector not known for innovation.

Nearly 850 million people around the world are still without access to a reliable, quality source of drinking water, without which development experts say fundamental improvements in other sectors such as health and education cannot be achieved. 

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    Sophie Edwards

    Sophie Edwards is a Reporter for Devex based in London covering global development news including global education, water and sanitation, innovative financing, the environment along with other topics. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.