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33rd AGUASAN Workshop: “Circular economy – transforming waste into resources”

The 2017 AGUASAcircular-economyN Workshop will focus on analysing successful and failed approaches for transitioning from linear to circular water and sanitation models.

The workshop takes place from June 26 to 30, 2017 in Spiez, Switzerland.

Circular economy has great potential to drive the Water and Sanitation 2030 Agenda forward because it aligns directly with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.3 of improving water quality and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally and SDG 6.4 of substantially increasing water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensuring sustainable withdrawals.

Key questions and issues: 

  • What does the circular economy concept entail?
  • Which flows are relevant?
  • Which stakeholders need to be involved and how?
  • How can demand for recovered products be created?
  • In which context do these stakeholders act?
  • What are the drivers and barriers influencing the transition towards a circular economy?
  • Which circular economy approaches can we learn from for overcoming the identified
  • How should change from linear to circular water and sanitation be managed?
  • How can health risks be managed?
  • How to address public perceptions associated with recycling and reusing of human waste?

Please find the invitation letter, announcement and pre-registration on the website: Registrations will be accepted until March 19th, 2017.

AGUASAN is an interdisciplinary Swiss Community of Practice (CoP) that brings together a broad range of specialists to promote wider and deeper understanding of key water and sanitation management issues in developing and transition countries. It builds on committed sector professionals from various specialised institutions involved in Swiss development cooperation, humanitarian aid and research. Since 1984, the CoP provides an exemplary, vibrant and most pertinent exchange platform and think-tank serving the water sector, and constitutes an essential link in the innovation and knowledge management strategy of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Besides convening quarterly knowledge sharing events, every year members of the CoP organise an international AGUASAN Workshop in Switzerland


The Business of Sanitation for All – Toilet Board Coalition

Global Toilet Business Innovation and Investment Summit, 2016. Toilet Board Coalition.

It was a special honour to host over 250 leading businesses and stakeholders this past November in Mumbai at the Global Toilet Business Innovation and Investment Summit.

We have ventured to capture the energy in the room in a brief report sharing the highlights and themes throughout the three days, Nov 15-17 2016.

Please take a moment to take a look and discover the inspiring businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem enablers accelerating THE BUSINESS OF SANITATION FOR ALL!



In Burkina Faso the political commitment for sanitation is unequivocal

The first lady of Burkina Faso has pledged her support for the “Fasotoilettes 2017” campaign.


IRC and their partners have been saying it for years: to achieve universal sanitation by 2030 (SDG6-2), the commitment of all stakeholders is essential – from the top to the active participation of citizens at grass roots level. We all remember that the President of Burkina Faso made water and sanitation a priority in his electoral campaign and since his election the Government has continued to show its commitment to sanitation and supports the participatory approach promoted by many NGOs by calling on all the citizens of Burkina to get involved.

And on 23 January, it is the wife of the President, Mrs. Sika Kaboré, who added her voice to this movement, showing the importance she accords to the subject by joining the people’s campaign for toilets, “FASOTOILETTES 2017, presiding the opening ceremony.


Fasotoilettes 2017 launch ceremony by Mrs Sika Kaboré

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WWi – Top 25 leaders in the water sector

Top 25 Leaders. Water and Wastewater International.

After three years, WWi magazine’s Top 25 Water Leaders series has gone from strength to strength. The Top 25 showcases leadership talent – whether it’s founding and growing a company from scratch or adapting a well established corporation to weather economic and market changes. This year many new entries have made the final 25. Here we take a look at the top 24 leaders before an interview with the winner.

25 – Dr Andrew Benedek, CEO, Anaergia, Hungary
A leading authority on global water issues, Dr Benedek founded Zenon Environmental in 1980, growing the business to become a leader in membrane treatment before being sold to GE. wwi1With over 30 years experience in wastewater treatment, he won the Stockholm Water Industry award in 2003 and the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize in 2008. Chairman and CEO for Anaergia, Dr Benedek graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and PhD from the University of Washington.

24 – James Sano, CEO of Water & Sanitation Corporation (WASAC), Rwanda
Providing services to Kigali, WASAC underwent a transformation in non-revenue water, energy usage, management and customer service in 2015, under leadership from James Sano. wwi2Following a turnaround programme by 2ML, the utility’s billing efficiency had reached 100% with NRW improving by 3.4%, with cash operating margins going from being in deficit to a surplus in the hundreds of millions of Rwandan Francs. The former water and sanitation sector coordinator at the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure, Sano got a masters in environmental science from Wageningen University.

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Changing Hearts & Minds to Leave No ONE Behind: Sanitation Action Summit 2016: Reflections

Changing Hearts & Minds to Leave No ONE Behind: Sanitation Action Summit 2016: Reflections, 2016. WSSCC. wsscc.jpg

The Sanitation Action Summit in Mumbai brought together policymakers, representatives from marginalized communities, and global citizens to share experiences and identify solutions that help enable a truly open defecation free India by 2019.

This report describes how the summit came about, and who came to listen, share and learn. It also highlights the challenges faced and opportunities present for achieving equitable, safe sanitation and hygiene for all in India.

Rural Water Supply Network Forum

7th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum. This year’s forum took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, November 29–December 2, 2016. Considered the foremost global event on rural water services and held once every five years, the forum explored the practicalities of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Human Right to Water in rural areas and small towns. Here is a link to all forum papers and presentations.

Selected papers from the forum include:

Multiple Use of Water Services (MUS): Water for the Home and for Farming
.Lakhdar Boukerrou, Regional Director, USAID WA-WASH. Access to water remains a big challenge for rural populations in Burkina Faso, and to address this challenge the USAID WA-WASH Program focused its efforts on low-cost water technologies in 21 villages. These water technologies included rope and bicycle pumps that are human-operated.

Measuring the Impact of Multiple-Use Water Services in Tanzania and Burkina Faso: Water Service Quality, Nutrition, and HealthSara Marks, et al. [U1] MUS is an integrated service-delivery approach that takes into account a household’s full range of water needs. Households receiving MUS have experienced fewer injuries, enhanced food security, and use more reliable and safe water sources. These results contribute to a growing global evidence base regarding the variety of benefits associated with higher levels of water services in rural communities.

Financing WaterCredit to Enhance Access to Water and Sanitation for Attainment of SDGsSanjay Gupta, et al. WaterCredit is an innovative credit-driven model being promoted by Water.Org that enables financial institutions to offer loans to their clients for water- and sanitation-related products and services. An independent evaluation of the WaterCredit program has yielded findings that are worth considering to finance WASH services for people at the base of the pyramid to reach the SDGs.

Introducing ICTs for WASH Monitoring in EthiopiaTamene Hailu Debela, et al. This paper reviews national WASH sector monitoring in Ethiopia and recent experiences seeking to improve the related monitoring capacities, processes, and systems with a focus on the introduction of new information and communications technology (ICT).

Assessment of Sustainability of Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions in RwandaMurtaza Malik, et al. This paper describes the findings of the assessment of sustainability of rural WASH interventions in Rwanda. The experiences of this project demonstrate that regular sustainability assessments, though requiring significant financial resources and efforts, contribute to a considerable improvement in the sustainability of WASH interventions.

Access Is Not Enough: Ensuring Water Stays Safe in the Home with Dispensers for Safe WaterAndy Narracott. Dispensers for Safe Water operates a network of 27,000 chlorine dispensers, serving 4.7 million people in three countries, in partnership with local and national governments, at under $1 per person/year at scale. Because of economies of scale in distribution costs and the high levels of usage observed over time, Dispensers for Safe Water have the potential to be a cost-effective means of sustaining high usage of chlorination in the home and ultimately preventing diarrhea.

Rights to Water and Sanitation for People with Disabilities in MadagascarWaterAid Madagascar. This paper illustrates the experiences of the Platform for People with Disabilities, working with the support of WaterAid, to increase access to safe WASH for people with disabilities through a human rights-based approach.

Low-Cost Household Groundwater Supply Systems: Pitcher Pump Systems and EMAS TechnologiesMichael F. MacCarthy, et al. This research assesses low-cost household groundwater supply technologies in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America: a self-supply market for Pitcher Pump systems in eastern Madagascar, EMAS (Escuela Móvil Agua y Saneamiento) low-cost water supply technologies in Bolivia, and a technical comparison of the EMAS pump and a family version of the rope pump in Uganda.

Sand Dams: Transforming Lives in DrylandsExcellent Development, November 2016. This video shows how sand dams are a cost-effective method of catching and storing rainwater in drylands. Excellent Development, a not for profit organization that supports rural, dryland communities, presented the video at the RWSN conference.

2016 UNC Water & Health Conference presentations

Here is the link to some of the presentations from the UNC Water & Health Conference in October 2016.  WHConference2016-cropped.png

Some of the titles include:

  • Accelerating Urban Sanitation in India: Policy Evolution, Progress, Implementation Challenges and Research Questions
  • WASH Disaster Management: Mitigation, Preparation, Response and Recovery
  • Demand Creation and Supply Chain Development for Rural Sanitation in Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam: Post-Intervention Rapid Assessment
  • Potential for a Development Impact Bond in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
  • And more