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Rainwater Harvesting Pioneer Wins International Water Prize

Rajendra SinghRajendra SinghAn award known as “the Nobel Prize for water” has been given to an Indian campaigner who has brought water to 1,000 villages. The judges of the Stockholm Water Prize say his methods have also prevented floods, restored soil and rivers, and brought back wildlife.

The prize-winner, Rajendra Singh, is dubbed “the Water Man of India”. The judges say his technique is cheap, simple, and that his ideas should be followed worldwide.

Mr Singh uses a modern version of the ancient Indian technique of rainwater harvesting. It involves building low-level banks of earth to hold back the flow of water in the wet season and allow water to seep into the ground for future use.

Madagascar President becomes first chief of state in the world to sign a pledge to end open defecation

Mr Hery Rajaonarimampianina President of the Republic of MadagascarMr Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar, signs a pledge to end open defecation in MadagascarMadagascar was very much centre-stage in sanitation and hygiene circles between 24 and 28 March -- days which saw the Malagasy President Mr Hery Rajaonarimampianina,become the first chief of state in the world to sign a pledge in public to end open defecation inhis or her own country, as well as saw a visit by a high-level international group of sanitation experts.

The President was also given the title of “WASH sector champion”. This special distinction is awarded by WSSCC to Government leaders for their commitment to the WASH sector. He once again showed his commitment to the issues by signing a pledge to end open defecation in Madagascar by 2019.

The Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network(UWASNET) honours IRC Uganda’s CountryDirector

Jane Nabunnya MulumbaJane Nabunnya MulumbaOn 20 March 2015, theUganda Water and SanitationNGO Network (UWASNET)nationally recognized JaneNabunnya Mulumba theCountry Director of IRCUganda as one of the womeninfluencing change in Uganda.

Jane was recognized at acongratulatory breakfast get-together event at theUWASNET Secretariat. In her speech, Jane acknowledgedthe work of member organizations as critical to thevisibility and strength of the network and called for morecommitment and hard work towards contributing toUWASNET mandate.

Bringing clean water to millions

the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew left presents the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize toThe late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (left) presents the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize to inaugural winner Dr Andrew Benedek (right), who won for his ground-breaking work in membrane technology. The use of membranes in wastewater treatment has brought clean, safe drinking water to millions around the world. Image: PUBThe inaugural Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize laureate Dr Andrew Benedek’s ground-breaking work in membrane technologies has helped millions of people – from rich countries to developing ones – gain access to clean drinking water. His next big idea? Turning waste into resources and energy.

From a prize to the next big idea

Established by Singapore to be the ‘crown jewel’ of the Singapore International Water Week, the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize is named after Singapore’s first Prime Minister whose contributions helped put the country on the path of water sustainability.

MSc graduate Jully Senteu wins young water scientist award in water & environment

Ms Jully SenteuMs Jully SenteuMSc graduate in Limnologyand Wetland ManagementJ ully Senteu has won two awards during the 15th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWPSA Symposium in Lilongwe, Malawi last October. She was awarded best young water scientist of 2014 in the oral presentation category and outstanding research young water scientist of 2014 in the Water & Environmentcategory.

Jully Senteu graduated in April 2014 at Egerton Universityin the joint MSc programme on Limnology and Wetland Management on the topic: ‘Optimisation of nitrogen transformation and removal processes in a hybrid tropical constructed wetland’.

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2