Category Archives: Education & training

Celebrating Sanitation and Handwashing on World Toilet Day – Global Handwashing Partnership

Celebrating Sanitation and Handwashing on World Toilet Day. Global Handwashing Partnership, November 15, 2017.

Just a month after Global Handwashing Day, the Global Handwashing Partnership is celebrating World Toilet Day on November 19thWorld Toilet Day drives action to solve the global sanitation crisis.

Like handwashing, sanitation is a vital way to prevent diseases and protect health. For example, both can prevent diarrhea, which remains a leading cause of death and long-term suffering for children around the world.

Credit: WASHplus Project

Credit: WASHplus Project

Proper handwashing and safe sanitation are essential for good health and development, but access to both is far behind where is needs to be. In some countries, fewer than 10% of peoplehave access to basic handwashing facilities.

Globally, 4.5 billion people lack a safe toilet with proper waste treatment. This affects health and dignity, and costs lives. View this National Geographic picture story for a moving look at how open defecation affects communities around the world.

Read the complete article.

 

October 12 webinar – What’s the impact of WASH responses in disease outbreaks?

Thursday 12 October – What’s the impact of WASH responses in disease outbreaks? 

Registration – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6742503653491463426

Join the Humanitarian Evidence Programme team, Andy Bastable (WASH lead, Global Humanitarian Team, Oxfam) and review authors Daniele Lantagne and Travis Yates (Tufts University – WASH), and Helene Juillard (Key Aid Consulting – market support), to discuss the key findings emerging from a synthesis of existing research evidence: – What examples emerge of good practice and successful interventions?

Community engagement has emerged as key in both evidence syntheses. What can or could be done in practice to act on such findings? In which contexts? – What are the gaps in the evidence base and what can researchers and practitioners do to generate better evidence in the future? You can send us specific questions of your own when you register for the event (see final question on the registration form below) or on the day via the webinar chat function. You can also join the #HumanitarianEvidence conversation on Twitter.

 

Young Water Solutions – the Young Water Fellowship Program

Young Water Solutions – Young Water Fellowship Program

The Young Water Fellowship Program aims to empower young leaders from low and middle income countries to implement projects to tackle water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), water pollution and water scarcity issues, by offering them an intensive training program, seed funding grants for their projects, and mentoring support by senior level experts during one year. Logo_YWF_1706__color-1030x547.png

This program will bring about in its first edition (2017) 10 young community leaders capable of successfully designing and implementing sustainable and inclusive water projects that significantly improve living conditions in their communities, while contributing to the achievement of SDG #6 (water and sanitation for all).

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Senior Project Manager – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), SEI Africa Centre

Senior Project Manager – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), SEI Africa Centre

  • Duration: 3 years to Dec 2019 (6 months’ probation period); contract subject to extension by the funder in Oct 2017 based on satisfactory project performance
  • Salary range: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Application deadline: 4 December 2016
  • Apply here: https://www.sei-international.org/working-for-sei/3583

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About the position:

SEI’s Africa Centre seeks a Senior Project Manager during the 3-year period of support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), a global knowledge management platform (www.susana.org and www.forum.susana.org). The successful candidate will lead the consortium, report to the SEI Africa Centre Director for local operations and liaise with the SuSanA project team at SEI-Stockholm.

Webinar: Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) in Water and Sanitation

The RWSN secretariat announces the latest webinar of their mini-series 2016, which will take place on1 6.11.2016. The title of the event is “A tool for Monitoring the Scaling up of Water and Sanitation Technologies (TAF – Technology Applicability Framework)” and it will focus on the use of the TAF, which has been presented and discussed previously at the SuSanA Forum (here). The session will take place in English (2-3 PM Central European Time, please check your local time here) and in Spanish (4-5 PM Central European Time, please check your local time here). Thee two presenters and the titles of their presentations are:

  • Joshua Briemberg, WaterAid, Nicaragua: TAF as a participative planning and monitoring tool
  • Younes Hassib, GIZ, Germany: Scaling up sanitation solutions in Afghanistan

After the two presentations, you will have the chance to ask questions and participate in the on-line Q&A session and discussion around this topic.

Please use this link in order to register for the sessions.

Recordings and presentations of previous sessions of this mini-series of webinars are available for download and viewing here.

For more information on the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF), please visit: washtechnologies.net/en

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Anticipating the next wave of eLearning in the WASH sector Oct 6, 2016 – SuSanA Forum

Published on Oct 6, 2016

Overview:
Since 2013, Eawag-Sandec has developed an open-access eLearning series entitled “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development”. The courses are offered as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the internet platform Coursera and have reached a global audience with around 30,000 learners and 4,000 course completers.

In the first part of this webinar, we would like to share our experiences and discuss opportunities and pitfalls of MOOCs in the WASH sector. Can you massively reach students and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries with MOOCs? To which extent can you replace face-to-face university lectures with a MOOC? The second part will look ahead trying to anticipate the next wave of eLearning in the WASH sector.

Presenters:
-Fabian Suter: Coordinator of the MOOC-series at Sandec-Eawag
-Dr. Christoph Lüthi: Department head of Sandec-Eawag and main lecturer of the MOOC “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies”

Links:
-MOOC series” Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development”: http://www.eawag.ch/mooc
-Trailer of our most recent course “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies”: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgHWg270mPystIe5rVFOvCA

EAWAG E-learning: Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

EAWAG E-learning Course – Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies, starts October 17, 2016. logo-epfl-eawag-squareWhite.jpg

About this course: Do you want to learn how to plan affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions? Do you want to be updated on the newest developments in urban sanitation planning and programming? Do you want to get insights about best practices examples of urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries? If yes, this course is for you!

The course starts with an introduction about integrated sanitation planning, dealing with citywide planning as well as with planning for specific contexts such as informal settlements. After presenting different sanitation planning frameworks you will learn about the different systems and technologies – the key terminology and concepts and why systems’ thinking is crucial for urban environmental sanitation. The course covers the whole sanitation chain providing detailed information about appropriate sanitation systems (e.g. waterless pit-based, decentralized water-based, black water transport).
Eawag-Sandec and EPFL jointly offer this course with sanitation experts from the World Bank and WHO.