World Water Day, which takes place every year on 22 March, focuses on taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, over 663 million people live without a safe water supply close to home, who are forced to spend countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and cope with the health impacts of using contaminated water. Simavi spoke to Lonneke Craemers, Director of Dopper Foundation, about this year’s theme: wastewater.
Yesterday was the keenly awaited general election in the Netherlands, when the country went to the polls to vote for a new government. We now enter an exciting and important time in which a new direction will be set for the Netherlands, both at home and abroad.
Ralf Bodelier is a journalist and head of the World’s Best News movement in the Netherlands. In the lead up to the Dutch elections taking place in March 2017, Simavi asked him three questions.
On World Toilet Day Simavi reflects on the fact that 1 in 3 people still do not have access to a toilet. And that more than 2,000 children still die every day as a consequence. Yet this problem is easily prevented. With the #doormijnbril campaign Simavi asks attention for this unseen tragedy.
We have exciting news! Simavi.nl has been nominated for the Website of the Year Awards 2016. We are very happy with this nomination! Simavi.nl is an important tool for our communication and fundraising with the Dutch public.
Léo Heller is UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. In May 2016, he invited a group of experts, including one of Simavi’s Programme Officers, to take part in an expert consultation on ‘Gender equality in the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation’. This provided input to his annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2016. We spoke to him about his focus on gender dimensions in realising the human right to water and sanitation.
We are proud to announce that our annual report has made it to the top 4 of the Dutch Transparency Prize. The ‘Transparant Prijs‘ is an initiative of PwC and awarded to socially relevant organisations that are most transparent in their reporting about their impact, results and what they stand for.
Pauline Eenhoorn is Simavi’s Director Communication & Fundraising. Her team was in the lead for the 2015 annual reporting process which resulted in a top 4 nomination of the Transparency Prize. The winner will be announced on September 28. We spoke with Pauline about this nomination.