- Re: New book on "Anaerobic digestion of organic solid waste" - and interlinkages between waste recycling and sanitation? - by: zurbrugg October 31, 2014Thank you for the feedback and comments on our AD-Handbook. Patrick, I’d like to refer to two textbooks, which provide more details on the fundamental principles of anaerobic treatment processes, incl. biochemistry: - Mata-Alvarez, J. (2003): Biomethanization of the organic fraction of municipal solid wastes. IWA publishing. London - Palmisano, A.C. & Ba […]
- New IDS Working Paper on Re-framing Undernutrition - by: Petra October 31, 2014Hot off the press, a new IDS Working Paper by Robert Chambers (CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS) and Gregor von Medeazza (UNICEF): Re-framing Undernutrition: Faecally-Transmitted Infections and the 5 As In this IDS Working Paper, Robert Chambers and Gregor von Medeazza argue for a more inclusive framework for thinking about and dealing with undernutrition. One conc […]
- Innovation Grant Programme: Call for concept notes - by: IGP October 31, 2014Dear all, The Innovation Grant Program for Pro-poor Service Delivery is a competitive grant and partnership program that is being implemented by the Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia (MCA-Zambia) with funding provided by the Millennium Challenge Corporation under a Compact signed between the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Z […]
- Re: Developing urine diversion systems in a developed world context - by: noe-hays October 31, 2014One point of clarification: an earlier post in this thread made reference to "Rich Earth Ostara" and I just want to point out that those are two different organizations. The Rich Earth Institute collects pure urine from UDDTs and waterless urinals for treatment and reuse in liquid form, while Ostara reactors typically extract struvite from centrali […]
- Sanitation Research for the 21st Century, 18th Nov, London - by: AParker October 30, 2014Tuesday 18th November 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 4UY Staged within the WSUP “My Toilet” photography exhibition space, this exciting event will offer an opportunity to catch up on the multi-faceted sanitation research currently being carried out by WSUP and Cranfield University: find out what we and our partners a […]
- Re: New book on "Anaerobic digestion of organic solid waste" - and interlinkages between waste recycling and sanitation? - by: zurbrugg October 31, 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.