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

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, 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.