Water Stories: Expanding Opportunities in Small-Scale Water and Sanitation Projects

This report by the Wilson Center's Navigating Peace Initiative, examines alternatives to large-scale infrastructure projects in the water and sanitation sectors. Funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the study explores how lessons learned from small-scale projects can be effectively communicated and replicated worldwide.

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Water Stories: Expanding Opportunities in Small-Scale Water and Sanitation Projects

This report by the Wilson Center's Navigating Peace Initiative, examines alternatives to large-scale infrastructure projects in the water and sanitation sectors. Complete report.

Preface and Introduction

Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Alicia Hope Herron, and Ambassador John McDonald
This report by the Wilson Center's Navigating Peace Initiative, examines alternatives to large-scale infrastructure projects in the water and sanitation sectors. Preface and Introduction.

Water Stories Photo Essay

J. Carl Ganter
Photo essays by journalist J. Carl Ganter, a member of the Navigating Peace working group, chronicle water and sanitation endeavors in three resource-strapped regions of Mexico.

Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Options in Developing Countries: A Review of Current Implementation Practices

Daniele S. Lantagne, Robert Quick, and Eric D. Mintz
The authors discuss point-of-use drinking water treatment and safe storage options, which can accelerate the health gains associated with improved water.

Community-Based Approaches to Water and Sanitation: A Survey of Best, Worst, and Emerging Practices

John Oldfield
John Oldfield reviews small-scale and rural water, sanitation, and hygiene projects, including lessons learned, case studies, and a brief discussion of breakthrough practices.

Low-Cost Sanitation: An Overview of Available Methods

Alicia Hope Herron
This article attempts to consolidate information on low-cost sanitation options, and frame them within the context of community acceptability, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability.

Navigating the Mainstream: The Challenge of Making Water Issues Matter

J. Carl Ganter
The author explores why water needs fail to rally a forceful, sustained response from the global community.

Closing the Gaps: Improving the Provision of Water and Sanitation

Geoffrey D. Dabelko and Charlotte Youngblood
Geoff Dabelko and Charlotte Youngblood conclude that small-scale approaches are critical to closing the gaps in water and sanitation coverage.

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