In the News, Publications & Presentations

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In The News

The clean water and sanitation crisis: How we can do better
By John Hewko, Devex, March 22, 2016

5 Insights from MERL Tech
By Katherine Haugh, ICT Works, January 18, 2016

Big data? No. Just a little data about water for the poor. Finally.
By Marc Gunther, Nonprofit Chronicles, August 23, 2015

This year’s WEDC – WASH services beyond 2015: Improving access and sustainability
By Swift Consortium, July 2015

Future-proofing Water Systems in Developing Countries: A Q&A with Susan Davis, by Rob Goodier, Engineering for Change, February 26, 2015

“Improve International’s blog is a good resource for updates and comments on WASH sector developments. Following discussions at World Water Week in Stockholm, they created a simple summary table on their blog to show the common elements across some of the different frameworks…”  Stephen Jones, Webwatch, Waterlines Vol. 33, No. 1. January 2014

“In the absence of global sector monitoring that tracks slippage and actual levels of service delivered there is a useful repository on references for non-functionality available at the Improve International website.” Catarina Fonseca, Crossfire, Waterlines Volume 32, Number 4, October 2013

The tricky business of what is considered “evidence” in WASH
IRC E-Source WASH News and Features, May 24, 2013

2013 WASH Sustainable Forum Report
By Global Water Challenge, March 2013

Millennium Water Alliance in Latin America
By Laura Roverts, Akvo blog, February 19, 2013

Mapping the Way: Experiences with Water Mapping Technologies in Nicaragua
By Emma Bones, SustainableWASH blog, February 14, 2013

Toilets, Water and Measuring Program Effectiveness
By Quinetha Frasier, People of Purpose: Making Money and Change, February 4, 2013

Changing the way we change the world (audio)
Interview By Quinetha Fraiser, Community Giving, February 2013

WASHME: Making WASH Orgs Sustainable
Foundation Center Atlanta, Philanthropy Front and Center, December 13, 2012

El Porvenir 2011 Annual Report y Más: Improve International
By Michael Campana,
AquaDoc Blog, August 8, 2012

External Perspectives on Accountability in the Developed and Developing World
Blog on panel chaired at Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) Conference on Performance Indicators, April 3, 2012

First WASH Accountability Forum to Be Held in Honduras Next Month
OOSKA News, November 10, 2011

Alumna Aims to Improve Water and Sanitation for Developing Countries
David Terraso, Georgia Tech College of Sciences Newsletter, September 2011

Publications and Presentations

Why aren’t we learning from our “lessons learned”?
By Susan Davis, Broken Toilets, March, 28 2016

Reasons to be Realistic and Optimistic about Achieving Universal Sanitation
by Susan Davis, Defeat DD, January 7th, 2016

Do donor restrictions affect sustainability of water and sanitation interventions? Results from a Pilot Survey
By Improve International, December 21, 2015

Sanitation Lessons Learned
Presentation by Susan Davis for World Toilet Day at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, November 2015

Failing forward and future proofing. What we can learn from sanitation failures (video, about 15 minutes)
Presentation by Susan Davis at Sustainable Sanitation Alliance Meeting, August 22, 2015 in Stockholm

Beyond the Band-Aid: Building Sustainability into Emergency Response Efforts
By Susan Davis, Contributing Editor, Engineering for Change, August 8, 2015

Future-proofing Water Systems in Developing Countries: How to Protect Investment and Increase Success through Preventive Maintenance
By Susan Davis, Improve International, presenter; Sophia Sunwoo, Water Collective, moderator. Engineering for Change webinar, February 2015

Guidelines for Resolution of Problems with Water Systems
By Susan Davis, Improve International, October 2014

3-Part MERL Webinar Series – Event 3: A Framework for Action
Presented by Susan Davis, Improve International; Raul Gauto, Fundación Avina; Ton Schouten, IRC; Nanette Barkey, Plan USA; John Sauer, Water For People, September 2014

WASH & Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) e-course, Module 3: Targeting WASH implementation for NTD control and measuring impact
Presented by Susan Davis, Improve International and Dr. Rachel Pullan. April 2014

Six Factors for Improving Rural Water Services in Central America
Authors: Susan Davis, Improve International; Adan Pocosangre, CRS; and Paul Hicks, CRS. March 2014

Collective Impact in Ethiopia 2004-2012: Independent Study of the Millennium Water Alliance WASH Program
By Susan Davis, Improve International. December 2013

WASH and the Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Manual for WASH Implementers
Authors: Stephanie Ogden, Children Without Worms, The International Trachoma Initiative, CARE USA; Kerry Gallo, Children Without Worms, The Task Force for Global Health; Susan Davis, Improve International; Courtney McGuire, Emory University; Erika Meyer, Emory University; David Addiss, Children Without Worms; Danny Haddad, International Trachoma Initiative. December 2013

Book Review: Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice
By Susan Davis, American Journal of Evaluation, December 2013

From Rehabilitation to Resolution: Developing an Action Brief on Resolution of Problems with Water and Sanitation Systems
By Susan Davis, 
SustainableWASH blog, November 7, 2013

Water Management Roles and Responsibilities
By Susan Davis, CRS Blueroot, June 7, 2013

Collective Impact in the Water Sector
by Susan Davis, WASH Advocates newsletter, May 16, 2013

Collective Impact in the Water Sector
By Susan Davis & Susan Dundon, Betwixt & Between: the Journal of Partnership Brokering Issue 1, 8 May 2013

Services Monitoring for Service Delivery
By Susan Davis,, April 29, 2013

Water for Life: Promoting Accountability: Monitoring WASH Services & the Enabling Environment Long After Implementation
By Susan Davis, Presentation at IRC Symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery, April 10, 2013

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Service monitoring
Susan Davis (video interview) IRC Symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery, April 8, 2013

Of horses and water: is anyone learning from evaluations of WASH programs?
Susan Davis, Johns Hopkins University Global Water Magazine, Feb 25, 2013

What do others say about Life Cycle Costing Approach?
IRC WASHCost project website, February 2013

Of horses and water: is anyone learning from evaluations?!
By Susan Davis, SEA Change, February 14, 2013

Why physical unique identifiers on water points will improve sustainable services
By Susan Davis, blog, November 26, 2012

A Novel Way to Promote Accountability in WASH: Results from First Water & Sanitation Accountability Forum & Plans for the Future.
Presented with Marla Smith-Nilson of Water1st, 1st Pan Asia-Africa M&E Forum, Bangkok Thailand, November 25, 2012

Why physical unique identifiers on water points will improve sustainable services
By Susan Davis, WASH Advocates newsletter, October 24, 2012

Why physical unique identifiers on water points will improve sustainable services
By Susan Davis, ural Water Supply Network (RWSN) blog, September 24, 2012

WASH Organizations with Independent Evaluations
By Susan Davis, WASHfunders blog August 7, 2012

10 un-FAQs about International Development—Questions Social Entrepreneurs & Investors Should be Asking
Blog on presentation to Atlanta+Acumen gathering March 28, 2012 

Twitter Chat on WASH monitoring & evaluation
Susan Davis co-hosted Twitter Chat on March 27, 2012

The Need for Common WASH Indicators
By Susan Davis, blog March 5, 2012

Getting School WASH Right: Notes from a Forum
Compiled by Susan Davis, December 2011


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