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  • Athena Infonomics and GPSDD Co-Author Data for Development Policy Brief

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    Many in the Data for Development community—non-profits, donors, public- and private-sector organisations, multilaterals, etc.—are examining the relationship between data availability and data use, and ways to promote effective and sustained data use while working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the Data Values Project, Athena Infonomics and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) produced...

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  • Athena Infonomics Convenes 2021 Africa Water and Sanitation Week Session

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    Athena Infonomics brought together a diverse panel of sanitation sector leaders for a November 25 Africa Water and Sanitation Week session on the Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Services Assessment and Planning (CWIS SAP) platform’s role in strengthening sanitation service delivery. Africa Water and Sanitation Week—a special jointly hosted event that merged the Africa Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan) with...

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  • Athena to Evaluate GIZ’s WIDU Project in Cameroon and Ghana

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    Athena Infonomics has been commissioned by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to evaluate a project entitled “Employment Promotion in the Informal Sector by Leveraging Diaspora Money Transfers,” facilitated by WIDU, an online platform that provides funding and coaching to small businesses in several African countries. The program, being implemented in Cameroon and Ghana, is funded by the...

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  • WASH Sector Takes Notice of Urban India Sanitation Assessment

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    Bhitush Luthra, Athena Infonomics’ Principal WASH Consultant, recently conducted a first-of-its-kind, nationwide assessment of sanitation in India’s urban centers, made possible through the use of a comprehensive shit flow diagram (SFD). This assessment found that only 27% of urban India’s excreta is being managed—despite a successful Phase 1 of the Swachh Bharat Mission—and suggests that the country still has...

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  • CWIS SAP Platform Featured Prominently at World Water Week 2021

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    During three successful World Water Week 2021 sessions, government leaders shared how they have helped shape the Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Services Assessment and Planning (CWIS SAP) platform to inform the designing and monitoring of city service plans for equitable, safe, and inclusive sanitation. On August 24, representatives from the various organisations behind CWIS SAP provided an in-depth demonstration of...

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  • Assessing Resilience Among Fairtrade-Certified Smallholder Farmers and Workers

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    For smallholder farmers and agriculture workers around the world, several global trends—such as climate change, a lack of access to adaptive technology, and volatile agriculture markets and pricing—have been making smallholder farming an increasingly difficult way of life. The coronavirus pandemic has further exacerbated farmer’ livelihoods, as their access to production inputs, local transportation, and global supply chains have...

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  • Building a Resilient Digital Financial Ecosystem through Meaningful Inclusion

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    COVID-19 has left a tangible impact on the financial sector’s key functions by posing several operational challenges—obstruction in physical payments, delayed collections, a dip in customer acquisitions, and other liquidity related stresses. Overcoming these challenges warrants a radical shift in the way financial institutions operate. The pandemic has exposed the urgency of the situation. Against this backdrop, we must...

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  • Assessing Institutional Capacity Among Town Water Utilities in Ethiopia

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    As climate change, shifts in population, and other global factors contribute to unpredictable and uneven access to safe drinking water, it is becoming more important than ever to have frameworks in place that manage water supply in vulnerable geographies. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 calls for “universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for...

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