Jan Rotmans, Professor of Transitions and Transition Management, stirred our minds by sharing his vision about the transition our society is currently going through. He argues that we are in a change of eras comparable to the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Jan believes that we are moving towards Society 3.0: decentralised, bottom-up, flexible and with small networks instead of a society dominated by bureaucracy and large companies. We asked Jan what these changes will mean for organisations and individuals in the development sector.
From October 26-30, the 2015 Water and Health Conference takes place at Chapel Hill in the United States. The conference, organised by The Water Institute at UNC, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. Simavi is present to share our expertise and experience.
In northern Ghana, effective antenatal care (ANC) delivery is hampered by low quality services due to a lack of equipment and shortages of staff. To tackle this problem and reduce maternal mortality, Simavi and knowledge institute TNO join hands in an innovative project: Check2gether.
Every year 14 million girls are married as children. That’s one girl every three seconds who is married off too soon, endangering her health and development. On Wednesday 7 October 2015, the Dutch Child Marriage Fund Alliances together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs organise a full day expert meeting on child marriage.
Together with 25 civil society organisations, Simavi welcomes Minister Ploumen’s new commitment on WASH and proposes a number of recommendations that will be fundamental for the successful implementation of this commitment.
September 28th 2015 is marked as Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. We talked to Mirawati (Mira) about this topic. Mira is Director of IHAP, one of Simavi’s local partners in Indonesia working on the improvement of women’s rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.
World leaders gather in New York this week to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Our very own Public Affairs Officers shared their thoughts on the role of hygiene and -more specifically- menstrual hygiene- to achieving the new global goals.
We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will attend the ninetieth anniversary celebrations of Simavi on Wednesday, October 28th. Like her mother and grandmother, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix is a patron of Simavi.
In the first week of September, National Programme Coordinators (NPCs) of the UFBR and ASK Programme visited the Netherlands. We had a short chat with Ghana's and India's NPCs.
Independent researchers studied over 200 projects implemented by Dutch development organisations. This also included the SRHR Alliance and the WASH Alliance, in wich Simavi takes part. Read more about the unique evaluations.
The WASH Alliance International, which unites over 100 organisations in 9 countries, will continue working together after the end of the programme in 2015. The main motivation for continuing our collaboration is our shared belief that together as an alliance, we can accelerate WASH and realise sustainable WASH services for everyone. Under the new name ‘WASH Alliance International’, we will put the slogan ‘Accelerating WASH’ into practice. Let’s hear what Eric Chimsi, former Country Coordinator Ghana, has to tell us about this ambitious new slogan.
That is noticeable in the sector. 'Major job cuts among biggest aid organisations', was the title of an article in De Volkskrant of 5 August. Simavi has been anticipating this development for many years. International fundraising, business development and advocacy have been integrated into our activities.
As the Executive Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) network, Catarina advocates for a key role for SWA within the SDGs and for political prioritisation of WASH at a global high-level. We asked her three questions during the Stockholm World Water Week, where she was present as a plenary vision speakers.
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