The Importance of WASH Funding with John Oldfield

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John Oldfield, CEO of WASH Advocates, joins the Water Values to discuss advocacy for WASH or Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. John tells us that implementing WASH in communities leads to other important development goals in the developing world. The vision of WASH Advocates is to do everything they can to increase the both of the amounts and the effectiveness of grant making and programming in the global water and sanitation space, as well as connect philanthropists with projects. He also discusses the history and current political climate surrounding this important humanitarian issue: there are still 748 million people without access to safe drinking water. John explains that with cooperation from governments, private philanthropists, corporations, civic groups, faith groups, nonprofits, academics all across the globe there are opportunities to solve this problem. John shows us that water in the developing world can also be viewed as a tool lead to conflict resolution in a number of circumstances; each locale that is discussed has its own set of challenges. Tune into this episode to learn more about water advocacy!

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • The WASH Advocates mission
  • History of WASH
  • How WASH contributes to not only better living conditions, but awareness for broader social issues in the developing world
  • Strategic alliance between corporations, the global philanthropists, and governments around the world making progress in the WASH sector
  • Geography of WASH poverty

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3 thoughts on “The Importance of WASH Funding with John Oldfield

  1. David Zetland

    Interesting to hear what John’s been upto since we met a few years back. It seems that he (WASH advocates) are working the DC circuit. As such, I would have wanted to hear more about the role of governance on water management. USAID and (more important) DoD and DoS can do a lot to improve governance (and thus WASH outcomes) if they put a few more ties into aid given to countries. John mentioned that “it is a waste to spend money on food when people are getting sick from water.” I’d use this structure to say that “it is a waste to spend money on water when good governance is absent.”


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