Women, Water and Projects that Last
SUMMARY: Describes the human toll of the global water and sanitation crisis and the challenge of investing in permanent solutions that meet the highest priorities of users, especially women and girls.
BIO: Marla Smith-Nilson, Founder and Executive Director of Water1st International, is a civil engineer who brings 25 years of experience with water supply and sanitation projects in developing countries. Marla is an expert in identifying and partnering with on-the-ground implementing organizations and advocates for effective international development through locally-managed solutions. In her career, she has overseen the implementation of nearly 2,000 community water projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa benefiting 200,000 people.
Water1st website: water1st.org
Diseases of poverty: https://data.unicef.org/topic/child-health/diarrhoeal-disease/
What international aid can learn from Zappos: http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2012/04/16/what-international-aid-can-learn-from-zappos/2429/
Sad statistics on water project failures: http://www.improveinternational.org/2012/10/25/sad-stats/