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Investigating the problems faced by Sub-Saharan African countries in providing clean, fresh drinking water to their citizens.
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How NGOs are indoctrinating young African politicians | All Kenya ...

How NGOs are indoctrinating young African politicians | All Kenya ... | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
In real life and in Africa particularly, western organisations are busy playing DiCaprio by indoctrinating whoever they expect to gain political influence sooner or later. Their goal is to make the next generation of African leaders ...

 

The downside of NGOs

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Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain growth without ending hunger – UN report - UN News Centre

UN News CentreSub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain growth without ending hunger – UN reportUN News CentrePhoto: UNDP/Christina LoNigro Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain its present economic growth unless it eliminates the hunger that is affecting almost...

 

The UN showing that it actually has some value

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Uganda: Bottled Water Policy Coming Soon | WaterSan Perspective

Uganda: Bottled Water Policy Coming Soon | WaterSan Perspective | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
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This article shows how the misfortune of those without clean drinking  water can be exploited by unscrupulous businesses. It reminds me of the tales of fake generic medicines being marketed world wide.

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Africa's vanishing Lake Chad puts 30 million lives at risk - Ghana ...

Africa's vanishing Lake Chad puts 30 million lives at risk - Ghana ... | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
It was once Africa's largest water reservoir in the Sahel region, covering an area of about 26000 square kilometres, about the size of the US state of Maryland and bigger than Israel or Kuwait.

 

This ecological disaster parallels that of the Aral Sea, where a vital water resource has been mismanaged, and the fresh water in danger of being permanently depleted.

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Global Sustainable Partnerships Announces Threefold Expansion of Tanzania Safe ... - CSRwire.com (press release)

Global Sustainable Partnerships Announces Threefold Expansion of Tanzania Safe ... - CSRwire.com (press release) | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
Global Sustainable Partnerships Announces Threefold Expansion of Tanzania Safe ...CSRwire.com (press release)"Global Sustainable Partnerships' pilot program to bring safe drinking water to Tanzania continues to be an enormous success," said GSP...

 

This is good news for Tanzania

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Putting Poop In Its Place: The Problems With Bad Global Sanitation

Putting Poop In Its Place: The Problems With Bad Global Sanitation | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
Everybody poops (or so we’ve heard). But if you’re reading this on the Internet, you probably poop in a toilet that flushes. This seems normal to you but, in fact, you are living in the lap of luxury.

 

Here is good article on the need for realistic, but effective, sanitation facilities in under-developed areas. The graphic are pretty cool.

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Ku Wai Sze's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:42 PM

I have seen/read that feaces are killing people in countries that do not have proper sanitation. Those people who died are more than malaria, Aids and (one more disease, but I forget already) combined together. It is, I quote " 1 child dies in 20 seconds" , VERY saddening that SO many people IS dying because of this. And to think that our own people find Singapore toilets dirty, then how can one even compare to those situations? We should be thankful that we are one of the 61% that has proper sanitations and not take it for granted. I hope/wish/wonder that someone will be able to come out with a toilet (as stated in the picture) that can seriously cut down the number of people dying due to this. Also, I am grateful for what I have. Water is a very precious resource that we should treasure and not dump our waste materials into it. We should use them wisely and not take it for granted.

huang junyi's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:05 AM

hmmm.... i think this is a very interesting subject for such a deep topic as poverty. I honestly think that what the article is saying is actually quite true and something people of this generarion have to consider. We indeed live in '' a lap of luxury'' that we took it for granted, we  have toilets that flush and a sink for us to wash our hands after we've done. But have your ever consider where the '' stuff'' you release goes to? It actually has so sewage system underground for it to travel to a destination. However, in some poor countries it will be released to the river where it will be a polution to the rivers where people use in. I think we should start counting our blessings

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Investing ideas that can Save the World

Investing ideas that can Save the World | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Earlier this year we began searching for investments that make money while also serving the public interest. Our goal: Save the World by tapping into the (Page 4 of 4)...

 

This Wall Street Journal article discusses some of the financial realities and opportunities regarding water access in Africa.

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Diatribe: Waterborne Disease

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This is a cool vid where a father and son share their very different experience with water borne diseases.

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Clean Drinking Water Linked to Food Security in Africa | Save the Water

Clean Drinking Water Linked to Food Security in Africa | Save the Water | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
Save The Water Fully Encompasses The Following Information What is Water Contamination and How Do We Save The Water...

 

The polling data on this site shows that perceptions regarding the state of water supplies can be very different depending upon which African nation that one is in. That being said, it is also very apparent that it the nations most affected by clean drinking water issues, that being of a higher economic class does not give one immunity to the problems caused by the water problems.

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Sub-Saharan sanitation targets two centuries away

Sub-Saharan sanitation targets two centuries away | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
It will take two centuries for sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, according to NGO WaterAid, which...

 

This article is specifically concerned with the financial toll which is incurred upon African nations by having poor hygenic conditions and a lack of access to safe drinking water. According to the article, the costs incurred by these problems outweighs all of the financial aid that Africa receives on a yearly basis. This is a serious problem, as Africa has many more problems than those which are related to water issues, such as economic backwardness, the AIDS crisis, shoddy education systems, etc. Articles such as these clearly show that for Sub-Saharan Africa to be able to turn the corner and make actual progress that it is essential for clean drinking water to be available to its people.

 

Humans are conditional beings, and after access to breathable air, drinkable water is the most important condition to our existence. We have to drink it daily to be able to function normally. To be playing a game of Russian Roulette with every sip is a recipe for disaster. If one is regularly ill because of water-borne illnesses, then one cannot work normally, or properly take care of their families. It erodes the very foundations of human society to not be able to drink water in safety.

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Hambobe villagers’ life of no toilet, no water | Zambia Daily Mail

Hambobe villagers’ life of no toilet, no water | Zambia Daily Mail | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it

This article discusses the lives of Zambians who live in rural locales without access to modern sanitation. It is particularly affecting in its personal stories, such as the man who never used a latrine until he was 20 years old, and was afraid of it at first. These people live their lives in the open, and the simple act of using the facilities we take for granted is a significant adjustment for them.

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Map Shows Huge Water Source Available Underground in Africa

Map Shows Huge Water Source Available Underground in Africa | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
British researcher says well-coordinated exploitation of African groundwater sources could help millions access reliable and safe water.

 

 

This is a map of the rich system of aquifers available to Sub-Saharan Africa's population. The research of helen Bonsor might prove to be one of the most important factors in saving African lives over the next 20 years. The key is to drill into these sources, and to prevent their pollution while doing so. In the United States such aquifers provide much of the nation's drinking water, especially in the more arid Southwestern states. Such a solution is available to Africa. What is needed is good management and the help of more developed nations in providing the money to make this happen.

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Chloe Goodman's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:57 AM

Most of the people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to safe, clean water. Recently a British researcher, Helen Bonsor said that the answer to this horrendous problem lies right below their feet. She stated that there is a MASSIVE underground fresh water source that has 20 times the amount of fresh water in Africa's fresh water lakes. This article really helped me understand how much water is NOT clean in Africa and how much they really need clean water. I think that this topic is really important for the world to know because I think the world should know about this before they waste water again. Think of the time you were last in the shower, did you spend 30 minutes just standing there thinking about your day? yes? well next time you might just want to think about all the African people that can't do that, and what about when you wash your hands, do you just leave the water running while you go get a towel to dry your hands off? yes? well you think hard about all the African people that can't do that, and your practically  boasting about how you've never had to live a life where you had to walk miles just to get a decent drink of clean water or to have a nice  shower. Well now they've discovered how they will have much more clean fresh water.

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Study reveals groundwater resources in Africa

Study reveals groundwater resources in Africa | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
Project that maps underground aquifers in multiple countries could be 'of strategic importance' if not mismanaged.

 

This video/article expands upon the new hydrological study regarding the underground sources of water in Africa. It spells out some concerns regarding the usage of this water, as the aquifers could very easily be depleted if used the wrong way.

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ONE | What We're Reading: Canada pledges $114M for Africa

ONE | What We're Reading: Canada pledges $114M for Africa | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
The funds will “be used to address food insecurity and malnutrition, and improve people's livelihood and access to safe drinking water” and to meet the needs of refugees in the area. (Devex, Jenny Lei Ravelo).

 

Every little bit helps.

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Water Resource Management Key To Africa's Security, Health And ...

Water Resource Management Key To Africa's Security, Health And ... | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
At the African Union (AU)/African Ministers Council on Water-which coincides with the 4th Africa Water Week-holding in Cairo, Egypt, ahead of the June 2012 AU Heads of State Summit – it has been observed that safe water ...

 

A good article describing the recent  Africa Water Week in Cairo.

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Kenya: Death on the River | WaterSan Perspective

Kenya: Death on the River | WaterSan Perspective | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
A site for WATER JOURNALISTS AFRICA, a network of African Journalists who report on Water and Sanitation. ... Water Jurnalists Africa. Feedback. ulrike kelm on Activities and Events · chinedumeluwa on Your Say ...

 

The poor are the routine targets of large companies looking to maximize profits at the expense of other people. This is a sad story.

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Edge of sustainability: why Rio+20 mustn't ignore people on city fringe - The Guardian

Edge of sustainability: why Rio+20 mustn't ignore people on city fringe - The Guardian | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
Edge of sustainability: why Rio+20 mustn't ignore people on city fringeThe GuardianBy 2030, 60% of the global population will live in towns and cities, particularly in Africa and Asia where the urban population is set to double in the next two...

 

Reminding us why who has the money matters in getting clean drinking water.

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Save the Children's Annual State of the World's Mothers Report Lists Norway as ... - MarketWatch (press release)

Save the Children's Annual State of the World's Mothers Report Lists Norway as ...MarketWatch (press release)Save the Children notes that in sub-Saharan Africa, up to 20% of women are classified as excessively thin, while that figure rises to up to...

 

While the article doesn't clearly state that clean water is an issue, it doesn't take too much imagination to see that it is an issue in this

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Water Wells For Africa

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This organization focuses on providing safe wells for Africa's people. It is a good site to check out.

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UN WASH Report: A “Significant Risk of Slipping” in Global Gains for ...

UN WASH Report: A “Significant Risk of Slipping” in Global Gains for ... | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
Despite achieving a global goal for access to safe drinking water systems that is five years ahead of schedule, a new assessment from the United Nations water program warns that many nations are not planning the financial or ...

 

This is the 2012 United Nations report regarding the state of clean drinking water throughout the world. It is very interesting, and is only 67 pages long. The link to the report is through this site, and I highly recommend reading through it to get a comprehensive picture of the true nature of the water crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world.

 

The report is loaded with demographic information, but it is presented in an easy to read, visually appealing format. The analysis of drinking water issues focuses on many different relevant aspects, such as human rights, funding difficulties, gender issues, hygenic standards, and many other areas of interest. It is focused on trying to get as comprehensive a view as possible regarding the present water situation, while also projecting possible future problems and solutions. It should only take you an hour to skim through the most relevant information, and check out the statistics.

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Water And Reconstruction In Africa: An Agenda For Transformation – OpEd

This article, by Dr. Horace Campbell, a professor at Syracuse University, begin in an offbeat fashion, but quickly gets down to the nitty gritty of African water politics. It is very informative and interesting, and helps to build a wider understanding of the stakesof the water game.

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Water Scarcity May Add to Instability in Africa, Kufuor Says

The worsening problem of water scarcity may contribute to political instability in sub-Saharan Africa, said John Kufuor, the head of a World Bank-affiliated effort to improve living conditions in poor countries.

 

This article quickly points out that water doesn't just causes illness, it causes wars as well.

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GOAL! Water MDG met early. « UnitingWorld Blogs

GOAL! Water MDG met early. « UnitingWorld Blogs | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it

This is a nice example of the many blogs which are devoted to creating awareness of poverty related issues. As the lack of access to safe drinking water is both the result of, and the cause of, poverty throughout the world, and particularly in Africa, blogs like this one are an important source of information. Cath Taylor does a good job of keeping abreast of these issues, and her links are good ones to investigate.

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Water Crisis in sub-Saharan Africa

This is an example of a typical water source for people who live in remote regions of Southern Malawi. Unsafe drinking water like this leads to cholera, chro...

 

This video, set in Malawi, gives one a very good idea of the normal conditions under which many Africans get their drinking water. The water hole only has a few rocks to help filter out the microbes and toxins from the water. The sources for the water in this video are stagnant pools which are potential sources of many diseases and illnesses.

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Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Clean Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa | Scoop.it
The Ogoniland region of Nigeria has long been badly polluted by decades of oil production that has fouled the delta and contaminated drinking water.

 

This article focuses on the pollution of the Niger Delta by Shell Oil, and its impact upon the environment. Such industrial polluting by uncaring foreign companies has had a negative impact pon the lives of the people living in this region for many years. Such polluting has certainly taken place in other African locales. The access to fresh drinking water is so tenuous in many areas that these countries, in the best interests of their people, simply cannot afford to let things like this happen. Unfortunately, it is not the best interest of the people which is the most important to the puppets of these massive corporations. The story of the Ogoni people of Nigeria is a compelling one, and is well worth your time to investigate. The got in the way of Shell Oil, and some very bad things happened as a result.

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