The WSSCC Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries (CoP) and the global Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) launched an online learning event today on the topic, ‘Sanitation and hygiene behaviour change programming and sustainability: habit formation, slippage, and the need for long-term programming’. The learning event runs for three weeks from 22 September to 12 October on both the WSSCC CoP and SuSanA online discussion forum. People interested in the topic are encouraged to join and participate in the learning event.
Both platforms have over 5,000 members each working in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and other related sectors. The learning event is therefore an opportunity to bring together these two global communities to share learning and ideas, identify best practice and explore links between research and practice on behaviour change. This is the first time the two networks have come together to host an online collaborative learning event.
The learning event is taking place simultaneously on both platforms, with a coordinator ensuring that content is shared across both communities. Discussions will look at a number of key issues relating to sanitation and hygiene behaviour change programming and sustainability. The main topic for discussion is divided into three inter-linked sub-topics, to further explore how behaviour change can be better understood and improved to ensure health and WASH outcomes are sustained. The sub-topics are:
- Programming for scale, including the following key questions: What are some examples of successful scale-up? How did these models address the issues of inclusion and equity? In the cases of successful scale-up, were programmes initiated and sustained by governmental or non-governmental actors? What is the role of the private sector in implementing sanitation at scale?
- Sustainability for behaviour change, including the following key questions: How can behaviour change become systematized and sustained? What are the behavioural determinants and behaviour change techniques we should be aware of? What constitutes an enabling environment for sustainability?
- Open defecation free (ODF) and slippage, including the following key questions: How is ODF defined? What are some of the local strategies in place to strengthen sustainability of ODF – within communities and beyond? What are the patterns of slippage? How and when can slippage be monitored in large-scale programmes? Are there more innovative ways looking at not only the physically visible aspects – what about the health impact and the perceptions and views of communities?
WASH sector experts leading the discussion include, among others:
- Tracey Keatman, Senior Associate, Partnerships in Practice (learning event coordinator)
- Suvojit Chattopadhyay, Consultant, focused on monitoring and evaluation
- Poy Dy, Project Coordinator, Santi Sena (a Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) sub-grantee in Cambodia)
- CLTS Knowledge Hub, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
- Clara Rudholm, Senior Programme Officer, Global Sanitation Fund
- Carolien van der Voorden, Senior Programme Officer, Global Sanitation Fund
- Matilda Jerneck, Programme Officer, Global Sanitation Fund
Weekly summaries of discussions will be posted on both the WSSCC CoP and SuSanA forum. In addition, a summary report of each topic, along with an overview of all issues generated from the discussions, will be available in late October on both platforms.