Hans Rosling and co on Water – justice, development and liberation through washing machines
March 30, 2011
Last Tuesday was world water day, and I get the sense that water is one of those issues that is only going to rise further up the development agenda, both in terms of watsan (drinking water and sanitation), and because water is one of the key and ever-tighter pinchpoints of resource scarcity in farming and food systems. So in catch-up mode (and because a new Hans Rosling lecture is always worth a post). Here are a few links
Water and Justice: a 4 minute trailer on the struggle for water in the slums of Delhi, from the STEPS Centre
“Water supply and sanitation are extremely important, but water is also important for energy security, food security and basic urban security. So we’re seeing this integrated view of water as a central core development issue emerging more and more.” An overview of current debates from a big water conference in Cape Town.
“Almost 1 billion people lack access to safe water supplies, and 2.6 billion are without access to basic sanitation. Approximately 10% of the global burden of disease worldwide could be prevented with improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene and better water resource management…… hygiene and sanitation promotion cost respectively $3 and $11 per DALY averted (disability adjusted life year – a measure of overall disease burden), compared to $922 per DALY for the provision of antiretroviral therapy against Aids for example.” Sophie Trémolet the lead author of a new OECD report on the benefits of investing in water and sanitation, blogs here
And the incomparable Hans Rosling works his magic: What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? The washing machine, by turning wash day into a day of learning. Watch it – well worth 9 minutes of your life.