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Water meters allow for greater equity of supply, but traditionally have been feared because of possible implications toward water utility privatization. But the tides are turning around the world, and water meters are increasingly being seen in a positive light.

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For World Water Day 2013, Skoll World Forum and Circle of Blue asked four of the world’s leading water experts to weigh in. Here is what Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People, had to say about what WASH nonprofits can do to reach full coverage.

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‘Cobertura Total Para Siempre,’ which translates to ‘Total Coverage Forever,’ is the municipality of Arani’s way of committing to the EVERYONE FOREVER program.

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It’s not about access, it’s about whether water flows.

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Water for People

This month, Ned Breslin promos a creative video that explains his organization’s innovative model for the WASH sector.

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Soup and Sustenance in the Mountains of Bolivia

Microloans and payment plans help the trickle-down economics of water infrastructure installation.

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Sometimes, all it takes is a little outside-the-box thinking to make a difference, as Ned Breslin describes of a recent trip to Rwanda’s capitol.

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We need a mind shift this World Water Day; a transformation in how we think about and the approach we take to getting the message out to the world about water on this one day. And the shift is long overdue.

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From a recent trip to rural India, Ned Breslin describes that moment when staff and partners made the jump to Everyone, highlighting the difference between counting beneficiaries like sheep and finding a particular community that signified that the ambition of everyone had been reached.

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One of my best friends fell victim to polio as a child, as he describes in this Frontline story from PBS.

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Ned Breslin: Scratching the Surface — Retooling the WASH Model’s Indicators (Part III)

Sharing failures can be just as valuable as sharing successes. Yet, the development sector more often touts its successes as indicators to donors, who, in turn, are content to think short term and tend to not ask the tough questions.

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Every time I see Mayor Mendoza, I am greeted by his warm smile and a firm hug. When I saw him yesterday, however, the mayor of the Honduran municipality of San Antonio de Cortes had something important he wanted to discuss, something that he had been thinking about since I had last seen him eight […]

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So if “beneficiaries” are a terrible indicator of success in the international water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector, then what should take their place?

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Billions & Billions Served

I hate the word “beneficiary.” Beneficiary is a misleading indicator and driver of development assistance.

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A subtle but important trend in the water sector is only now starting to emerge in developing nations.

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There’s often a major disconnect between good intentions and long-term positive change, especially in an era of turmoil where philanthropy can sometimes do more harm than good.

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