- Re: Play with Faecal Sludge Trucks! - by: muench October 24, 2014Hi Florian and all faecal sludge experts, I was just wondering what should be the term we should be pushing for when talking about these vehicles? I am asking because I want to do a bit of a clean up operation on Wikipedia. You called it a "faecal sludge truck" in your card game. Did that come about after long deliberations? I would be inclined to […]
- Here is a way to promote handwashing - by: lvolat October 24, 2014Found this image and thought it might inspire some for handwashing promotion...
- Re: Developing urine diversion systems in a developed world context - by: KaiMikkel October 24, 2014Is it just me or has this thread moved well away from the initiating poster's intent of implementing decentralized, low-tech, low-energy, low-cost sustainable sanitation solutions (using a source separation model) in the Minority World into one in which we're discussing centralized capital and energy intensive "solutions" instead? The […]
- Survey on Inclusive WASH in schools in low income countries - by: darao October 24, 2014Dear inclusive WASH in school colleagues, I am a student studying at Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) of Loughborough University, and am currently working on a research study on inclusive WASH in schools with focus to understand current best practice and lessons learned. I am writing to you who have experience in managing WASH in school with […]
- Re: Article in The Namibian newspaper: Communities unhappy with dry toilet project - by: Maria123 October 24, 2014I don't want to get too technical either, the research is for a degree level only. Since Im still considering the same research area for my Master then that is were I will be needing to get more technical. So for now I will try to read as much as I can and If I'm to get stucked along the way then I'll let you know. I will keep you all updated. […]
- Re: Play with Faecal Sludge Trucks! - by: muench October 24, 2014
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USAID and Rotary International adopt innovative sustainability monitoring tool | Source: Harold Lockwood, Water Services That Last – August 12, 2013 |
This is great news and fantastic to see USAID adopting and promoting this approach which aims to really track and better understand the underlying causes of poor sustainability in the WASH sector. Sustaining WASH services is complex and dependent not only the hardware (the pumps, latrines and pipes), but also a range of the so-called software elements, for example reliable management entities, long-term external support and monitoring, adequate financing and so on. Measuring coverage is one thing, looking at functionality is also a useful proxy, but if we really want to know where the pinch-points are and how something so seemingly simple as water flowing out of a tap can fall down, it requires a comprehensive and powerful tool.
This is just what USAID and Rotary International have developed with the new Sustainability Index Tool, or SIT, which has just been released and is available for download on the WASHPlus website here. The tool was developed by Aguaconsult over a period of more than a year and a half and has been tested in three country programmes, with a further two countries being rolled out in the coming months.
International H2O Collaboration
The USAID-Rotary International H2O Collaboration was launched in March 2009, and the first round of pilot projects were finalized in 2012 in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and the Philippines. The central goal of this collaboration between Rotary International and USAID is to support water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives that will have lasting impacts in target communities.The partnership between Rotary International and USAID is an official Global Development Alliance (GDA), which is an innovative public-private alliance model developed and used by USAID for improving social and economic conditions in developing countries.
One outcome of the Alliance is the publication of theSustainability Index Tool documents which are listed below:
- Sustainability Index of WASH Interventions: Global Findings and Lessons Learned. The Sustainability Index Tool, focuses on four critical areas that are known to be importance to the long-term sustainability of WASH interventions: institutional, management, financial, and technical factors. (Full text|pdf-1.27MB)
- Dominican Republic: Sustainability Index of WASH Activities. (Full text|pdf-2.51MB)
- Ghana: Sustainability Index of WASH Activities & Partnership Evaluation. (Full text|pdf-1.82MB)
- Philippines: Sustainability Index of WASH Activities & Alliance Evaluation. (Full text|pdf-1.59MB)
A new video by IRC’s WASHCost project examines the full costs of building traditional latrines in Mozambique.
Cost data is essential for planning by the governments. In Mozambique, this is done by local authorities. There are many challenges in getting the right data. One of them is getting data on sanitation and the investments made by households themselves, in particular when latrines are constructed with local materials.
WASHCost Mozambique managed to calculate the estimated total costs for building a traditional latrine. The cost data shows that families are massively contributing to improving public health. The data also shows that promotion of hygiene and sanitation is really worth the effort.
When there is promotion, families build latrines and spend money on them.
For more on the life-cycle costs of sanitation and hygiene read:
- WASHCost Infosheet 2 – The cost of sustaining sanitation services for 20 years
- WASHCost Infosheet 5 – Hygiene promotion: How effective is it? How much does it cost?
- WASHCost Briefing Note 3 – Applying the life-cycle costs approach to sanitation
- WASHCost Working Paper 3 – Assessing sanitation service levels
For more on sanitation in Mozambique read:
Published on May 3, 2013 – “Making connections: Women, sanitation and health” took place on 29th April 2013 at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). It was convened by LSHTM and WaterAid as partners of the SHARE Research Consortium. The event brought together a diverse mix of academics, journalists, practitioners and activists from the WASH, gender and health sectors to present and debate critical issues on linking gender, sanitation and health including violence against women and girls, maternal health and menstrual hygiene.