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Notes to broadcasters on access to clean water

Access to clean water is one of the foundations of all development. Without clean water, poverty is common, if not inevitable. Clean water enables communities to stay healthy, grow food, build housing, go to school or continue to work. 

On these pages you can find global statistics, facts and further links on access to water and related topics:

http://www.wateraid.org/international/what_we_do/statistics/default.asp

http://www.watercan.com/PDF/Factsheet%20on%20Water%20and%20Sanitation%202008.pdf

http://www.unwater.org/mediaresources.html

Farm Radio International’s many scripts on water include:

Catch rain from your roof. Package 89, Script 6, December 2009. http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/89-6script_en.asp

Local water committee helps villagers, but especially women and children. Package 86, Script 1, December 2008. http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/86-1script_en.asp

Clean water and a clean environment make a better life. Package 86, Script 5, December 2008. http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/86-5script_en.asp

A decade of success: community-owned project brings tapped water to village in western Kenya. Package 86, Script 8, December 2008. http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/86-8script_en.asp

You can browse our latest script package on water integrity here: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/water.asp.

Here are two recent stories from Farm Radio Weekly about access to water:

East Africa: Countries negotiate for their fair share of Nile water http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/06/07/3-east-africa-countries-negotiate-for-their-fair-share-of-nile-water-allafrica-irin/

Kenya: Rainwater harvesting improves rural livelihoods http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/03/17/1-kenya-rainwater-harvesting-improves-rural-livelihoods-various-sources/

Water is a broad topic, with lots of opportunities to choose an issue that is relevant to your listeners. Think about a specific topic related to water that is relevant in your community. It could be the lack of maintenance at public water points, or recurring floods, or the lack of sanitation in local schools. Ask the people affected about the difficulties they face, and how they have tried to resolve the problems. Have they been able to get any help or advice? What long-term effects are likely if the issue is not resolved? Do any communities have stories of how they overcame difficulties? Can individuals make a difference, or is collective effort required?

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