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Join Huffington. post blog discussion; We Need to Rethink How We Measure 'Improved Sanitation'

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Join Huffington. post blog discussion; We Need to Rethink How We Measure 'Improved Sanitation'

Dear all
Some days when you are on your way to work in public transport you come across really interesting articles and bloggs on twitter and /or facebook. This morning was one of those as a matter of fact I would not really expect to experience tthat a blog discussion on this topic would appear in a newspaper like Huffington Post during my lifetime. This is good discussion for all of us working with Sustainable Sanitation for long time. This media interest sustainable sanitation solutions receives we owe to Bill& Melinda Gates foundation. Thank you so much again!!
For you who are interested in participating in this forum please read through this initial teaser and thereafter follow the link to the blog

Building on the first debate to accelerate progress towards the MDGs, the Skoll World Forum partnered with Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Huffington Post to produce another online debate--this time focused on critical issues that do not have enough of a spotlight in the discussions on how to achieve the MDGs or what should be in the next global development framework. As part of that discussion, we asked some of the world's leading experts what's not being discussed during UN Week this year about the post-2015 development framework, but should be? View the full debate here.

Almost 15 years ago, a private contractor wrote some orbital navigation software for a Mars orbiter using American measurements, instead of the metric system NASA uses. The $125 million craft missed its orbit and became another hunk of space junk, currently orbiting the sun. As the UN discusses sanitation aims post-MDG, I'm afraid we're making a similar error: we're measuring the wrong thing, and then coming up with unreliable numbers. We may miss our real target too--and it's not improved sanitation.


www.huffingtonpost.com/john-kluge/we-nee...ow-we_b_3943601.html

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Re: Join Huffington. post blog discussion; We Need to Rethink How We Measure 'Improved Sanitation'

Thanks, those are the moments I like susana forum the most. I do not read the huffington post...so I would not be aware of that blog.
Christoph :)
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  • I am a free lance environmental consultant. I undertake socio-economic studies and research in sanitation projects and translations. I am a former business developer for Ecodomeo (vermicomposting UD toilets manufacturer).
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Re: Join Huffington. post blog discussion; We Need to Rethink How We Measure 'Improved Sanitation'

Dear Madeleine,

Thanks for the link. I have recently come across SEI's proposal for a 7 rungs sanitation ladder (on p 11 of the document in attachment). Based on this "revamped ladder", how would you call or qualify steps 1 to 4 and then steps 5 to 7 ?
In the post 2015 MDG and SDG targets is there a working group treating this subject ?

Thanks

Cécile

Cécile Laborderie
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