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This POSTnote reviews the challenges faced and the lessons learned from interventions aimed at improving access to clean water to date, examining issues such as the role of new technologies and the sustainability of new initiatives.
In this POSTnote the role that science and technology can play before, during and after natural disasters is considered; with specific focus on the developing world whilst acknowledging wider factors such as logistics and international relationships.
Chandrika Nath worked at the British Antarctic Survey before joining POST, and has a PhD in high energy physics from Oxford University. She has a particular interest in international development and heads up POST's Africa programme.
POST is running a programme to help African parliaments strengthen their capacity in science and technology. The programme started in 2008 and will run until mid 2012.