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Special Issue "Accelerating Progress towards Safely Managed Drinking Water and Sanitation for All: Achieving Impact at Scale"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (22 March 2022) | Viewed by 9658
Special Issue Editors
Interests: water governance; sustainable WASH services; monitoring and evaluation; human rights to water and sanitation
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Interests: systems strengthening; enabling environment; economics; financing; knowledge management
Interests: water and sanitation governance; integrity; innovation
Interests: water and sanitation governance and financing; urban development; monitoring and assessment
Special Issue Information
The overall objective of accelerating progress towards meeting the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related goals set by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is to ensure that these services and behaviours continue to deliver benefits to everyone in society long after implementation. Today, despite progress, data suggests that ‘leaving no one behind’ by 2030 would require doubling the current annual rate of progress: billions of people still lack safe water, sanitation and handwashing facilities.
Business as usual is not an option. Increasing number of un-connected customers in urban and peri-urban areas, emerging impacts of climate variability and change on water availability and quality, and poor governance of WASH systems put significant pressure on water and sanitation services. These challenges manifest themselves in poor performance of service providers, high rates of hardware failure, and very low quality-levels of the services.
To address these challenges, the sector needs to look at innovative solutions to do things better and more efficiently. This Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) discusses about new technologies, innovative models of service delivery and successful scaling up of pilot initiatives that address current and future challenges and help address the existing service drawbacks.
We are looking for papers that present innovative management solutions in both rural and urban contexts, discuss the role of new water and sanitation technologies and Information, Communication and Technologies (ICTs) in water and sanitation services monitoring and governance, and/or explores the enabling environment for scaling-up innovation in WASH services. The focus is on gaining a better understanding of the role and contribution of innovation to better management infrastructure, strategies and governance processes that can lead to improved and sustainable services, achieve universal coverage specifically paying special attention to low-income and vulnerable customers.
We therefore call for original papers from researchers, practitioners, service providers, regulators, and decision-makers who wish to share their experience and reflections about the topic, from different perspectives. New research papers, reviews, case reports and conference papers are welcome to this issue, as well as other manuscript types such as methodological papers, position papers, brief reports, and commentaries. Papers will be selected through a peer review process by balancing local relevance and academic rigor, with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination and application of research results. Papers from authors in low- and middle-income countries and from women are encouraged.
Authors are encouraged to share an abstract of the paper before its submission, the sooner the better, and send it to any of the guest editors of the Issue. They will then receive rapid feedback and, if applicable, suggestions for improvement.
Dr. Ricard Giné-Garriga
Dr. Guy Hutton
Dr. Marcello Basani
Prof. Dr. Meera Mehta
Prof. Dr. Dinesh Mehta
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.