What's the problem with WASH innovation?

A child washes himself in Kallyanpur, a slum in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. Photo by: Kibae Park / United Nations / CC BY-NC-ND

BANGKOK — For years, Susan Davis heard the same reports of failed or broken water systems presented at water and sanitation conferences all over the world. Innovations presented at most gatherings, meanwhile, usually focused on gadgets or “things” — often versions of the latrines, filters or dispensers that were failing elsewhere.

Davis, a WASH expert who has previously worked for Water.org, Water for People, and CARE, founded research and consulting firm Improve International in 2011 to help end the unacceptably high failure rates of water and sanitation interventions in developing countries.

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    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.