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July 14, 2011

Link of the week – 14 to 20 July 2011

Filed under: Advocacy,Budget,Financing — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

Article advocating for financial resources to be allocated for WASH sector in the budget speech of fiscal year 2068/69 BS. The article was published on Kantipur Daily, 13 July.

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January 13, 2011

Link of the week – 13 to 19 January 2011

Filed under: Financing,Link of the week,Sanitation — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

Poor sanitation cost India $54 bn

NEW DELHI: Inadequate sanitation cost India almost $54 billion or 6.4% of the country’s GDP in 2006. Over 70% of this economic impact or about $38.5 billion was health-related with diarrhoea followed by acute lower respiratory infections accounting for 12% of the health-related impacts.

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January 12, 2011

Will Rs 500 billion of investment in Nepal’s water industry contribute to our MDG targets?

Filed under: Financing,Key WASH issues,MDG,Uncategorized,Wider impacts — Govind Shrestha @ 9:30 am

Nepal’s ‘Millennium Development Goals progress report 2010’ is optimistic about Nepal achieving many of its MDG targets by 2015. The report indicates that some are very likely to be achieved and others quite likely. However, it predicts that three targets are unlikely to be achieved by 2015. These are: ‘achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all’, ‘universal access to reproductive health’ and ‘halving the proportion of population without sustainable access to improved sanitation’.

At a time when Nepal faces the huge challenge of making progress in these three MDG targets, an article published by The Kathmandu Post on January 7, 2011, ‘Water industry eyeing Rs 5000 b investment’ offers some encouragement. The article reports that the fast growing water industry in the country is expected to attract approximately Rs. 500 billion in investment from Indian and foreign companies, which would provide one
million jobs within the Nepalese market over the next three years.

This would certainly help Nepal’s government in terms of expecting progress in at least one of these targets: ‘achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all’.

I believe that an increase in employment and water supply could actually contribute indirectly to reproductive health and access to improved sanitation. It will therefore be the responsibility of the government and other stakeholders to endeavor to make this program a success.

Given this important development then, the country will need to place more focus on targets relating to reproductive health and sanitation in order to translate its commitment into reality.

Written by Govind Shrestha, Research Officer, WaterAid in Nepal

 

December 30, 2010

Link of the week – 30 December 2010 to 5 January 2011

Filed under: Financing,Link of the week,Sanitation — Anita Pradhan @ 6:32 pm

Sanitation in the national budget

The national budget came out a month ago. Does its implication for the sanitation sector matter?

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The article in the link is written by Shikha Shrestha, Advocacy and Research Officer, WaterAid in Nepal.

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