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4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference

4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, 19 – 22 February 2017, Chennai, India

Worldwide, 2.7 billion people rely on onsite sanitation. Yet, there is still typically no management system in place to deal with the resulting faecal sludge (e.g. septage and pit latrine sludge). The result is that the waste typically ends up being dumped directly into the urban environment, with significant health and environmental implications. Creating faecal sludge management (FSM) infrastructure and public services that work for everyone, and keep faecal sludge out of the environment is a major challenge for achieving universal sanitation access.

To address this challenge, a global platform for discussion of FSM was created in 2011 by leading global sector organizations. The aim was to share and brainstorm potential solutions, to formulate policy recommendations that promote best practices, and to identify lessons learned in how to make FSM an integral part of sanitation service delivery. Building on the success of the first three International FSM Conferences in Hanoi (2015) and in Durban (2011& 2012), FSM4 aims to bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for FSM.

FSM4 will be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, where the State Government has recently initiated measures to address FSM with regard to policy, regulatory changes, innovative solutions, and pilots. FSM4 will focus on innovative and practical solutions that can be scaled up, including three tracks: research, case studies, and industry & exhibition.


Can you spend too much on sanitation?

The decision to divert funding from water to sanitation turned sour when drought struck India.


Ledger. Uttarakhand, India. Photo: IRC

A budget tracking study in India revealed that the shift of policy focus from water to sanitation has resulted in a cut in government spending on rural water supply. This was a cause of concern because at the time of the study (August-December 2015) six of the seven states reviewed were reeling under severe drought.

A Parliamentary Standing Committee report released on 6 May 2016 stated that the government would be unable to achieve its 2017 target of providing 50% rural households with piped water. The media accused the government of starving the National Rural Drinking Water Programme of funds, while at the same time increasing funding for Prime Minister Modi’s flagship sanitation programme “Swachh Bharat”. The government has even introduced an additional 0.5% “Swachh Bharat” service tax.

The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) is presenting their budget tracking study on 26 July 2016 in Delhi as part of the WASH Dialogues series of events. WASH Dialogues are an initiative of IRC and TARU Leading Edge. CBGA’s presentation will focus on the institutional and procedural bottlenecks that are constraining public expenditure in the water and sanitation sector.

For more information on the event “Tracking policy and budgetary commitments for drinking water and sanitation in the new fiscal architecture in India” go the IRC Events page.

For more on budget tracking see:

This news item was originally published on the IRC website.

Links to selected 2015 WEDC conference papers on sanitation

Links to selected 2015 WEDC conference papers on sanitation

  1. A mobile based system for monitoring usage of household latrines and hygiene practices in Madhya Pradesh, India * (2015)
  2. Nayak, V.
  3. Acceptability of urban water, sanitation, electricity and transport servicesÊ * (2015)
    Smout, I.
  4. Access to emergency sanitation for Pakistani women: a case study in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan * (2015)
    Ahmed, W.
  5. Accessibility audit for mainstreaming the rights of the persons with disabilities in Bangladesh * (2015)
    Ahmed, S.
  6. Achieving sustainable operation and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities: findings from selected primary schools in northern Uganda * (2015)
    Namata, T.
  7. Alternatives in ecological sanitation: a comparison of systems in Uganda * (2015)
    Kamuteera, E.
  8. An update of themes and trends in urban community-led total sanitation projects * (2015)
    Myers, J.
  9. Attitudes and practises with regard to emptying of onsite systems in Maputo, Mozambique * (2015)
    BŠuerl, M.
  10. Barriers to access water and sanitation services by the urban poor in larger towns of Madhya Pradesh, India: an assessment of citizens’ perception * (2015)
    Kumar, C
  11. Behaviour change determinants: the key to successful WASH strategies * (2015)
    Egreteau, D.

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WASH Futures Conference, May 2016

WASH Futures 2016 – Pathways to universal and sustained water, sanitation and hygiene WASH2016-banner

The future of action on WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) looks positive – with the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals global agenda maintaining attention on the need for water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone, all the time. But the path to achieving this global agenda requires new ways of thinking.

How can all WASH actors – governments, private sectors and civil society – work together to ensure WASH, whether at community-scales or larger institutional-scales, to achieve not only sustained access for everyone, but also health, well-being, environmental and economic outcomes for societies?

In May 2016 practitioners and professionals from civil society, governments, private sectors, donors, students and academic institutions, will come together to contribute to the broader international WASH dialogue and share knowledge with the Australian WASH community and partners.

Go to the conference website.

April 4, 2016 – Handwashing Think Tank

April 4, 2016 – Handwashing Think Tank – Moving from Evidence to Action: Integration, Settings, and Scale handwashingthinktank

The facts about handwashing are clear. It prevents illness–from the commonplace such as influenza, diarrhea, and pneumonia–to the rare, yet deadly–such as Ebola. It’s benefits are far reaching as it impacts not only health, but also nutrition, education, and equity. And, in addition to being effective, it is affordable and accessible.
Yet, despite the clear benefits of hygiene, far too often it isn’t prioritized from the personal level to the policy level.

Join the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and WaterAid as we learn how the evidence in handwashing integration, settings, and scale can be acted upon.

This event will feature brief, engaging presentations from experts in each of these areas. Attendees will also learn about the latest in handwashing research and have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters. The event will be concluded with a cocktail reception.

WHEN – Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM (BST)
WHERE – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – John Snow Lecture Theatre Main Keppel Street Building, London WC1E 7HT, United Kingdom


USAID Global Waters – March 2016

USAID Global Waters – March 2016

Articles in this issue include:

  • Global Waters Radio: Christian Holmes on Water, Jobs, and Gender Equity
  • Breaking the Taboo: How School WASH Impacts Girls’ Education
  • Making Sanitation Services Affordable in Indonesia’s Cities
  • Celebrating Water Heroes on World Water Day
  • Incubating Innovation: Solutions for a Parched Earth


USAID resources for World Water Day 2016

USAID and Global Waters Support Water and Jobs on World Water Day 2016

World Water Day , held every March 22, is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of water to sustainable development and offers the opportunity to reflect on progress made and challenges ahead. wwd

This year’s UN-designated theme, Water and Jobs , focuses on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives—nearly all jobs are related to water in some way. Water is vital to sustainable development. Access to safe and sufficient water supply, along with improved sanitation and hygiene, can unleash the economic potential of individuals and entire communities.

Through our ongoing water activities, USAID and its partners are lowering the number of people who face water insecurity and suffering from water-related diseases around the globe. Learn more about USAID’s Water and Sanitation Programs.

On World Water Day USAID is launching a new format for its Global Waters online magazine. Features in this issue include:

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