Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian Contexts: Reflections on Current Practice (Key Writings on Wash in International Development)

9781853398834: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian Contexts: Reflections on Current Practice (Key Writings on Wash in International Development)

Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, droughts, disease outbreaks as well as conflicts are all crises that result in death as well as profound disruption to those left behind, and to those communities who shelter them. Among the most urgent interventions are those to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to affected communities. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian Contexts presents contributions on the changing field of humanitarian WASH response and questions research and practice in this field. What are the research gaps in WASH response? What are the most effective means of providing clean water in different settings? How are the latest innovations in emergency sanitation performing? How can women’s menstrual hygiene needs best be met in humanitarian situations?

The chapters address a wide range of WASH subjects, in a variety of geographical settings and are written by experienced practitioners and researchers. The approach of the book is straightforward and practical, with little theory – the focus being on improving professional practice in the midst of humanitarian suffering.

This book is written for those whose everyday work involves humanitarian response to WASH needs in emergencies and disasters, but it is also aimed at development professionals from the WASH and other sectors, including researchers and practitioners.

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About the Author:

Richard Carter has forty years' experience in international development, focusing on the evaluation, development and management of water and sanitation in low-income countries. He is Director of Richard Carter and Associates Ltd, Senior Research Associate of the Overseas Development Institute, London, and Visiting Professor, Cranfield University.


"WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is a crucial component of humanitarian response. This book is a very useful compilation of lessons from experience in WASH from a range of highly experienced and qualified practitioners in the field, compiled by Richard Carter, one of the most respected experts. It also indicates some useful recommendations for how WASH in emergencies can be improved, including the highlighting of some major gaps, such as the transition from emergency response to longer term recovery. It will be of interest to emergency WASH practitioners and those involved (or preparing to be involved) in humanitarian action." (Bobby Lambert, co-author of Engineering in Emergencies and consultant in humanitarian action)

"Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian Contexts is absolutely right at the heart of the main water, hygiene and sanitation challenges in emergencies." (Jean-Francois Fesselet, WatSan unit Coordinator)

"Essential reading! A mine of useful and useable information for anyone working within the complexity of disaster situations. Richard Carter and his colleagues bring rich experiences and insights concerning water, sanitation and hygiene in crisis conditions to both general and experienced readers." (Ian Davis, Visiting Professor in Disaster Risk Management)

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