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New call for researchers (WSUP – Urban Sanitation Research Initiative)

Analysis of citizen and decision-maker attitudes to freshwater pollution in Bangladesh cities as a basis for more effective regulation.

This research project is jointly commissioned by the REACH global research programme (led by Oxford University) and the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, (a 2017-2020 research programme led by Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, WSUP). The project will be managed by the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative team with single point-of-contact, but should aim to align with the broad vision and specific requirements of both research programmes.

The research will investigate citizen and decision-maker attitudes to pollution of watercourses in urban environments in Bangladesh, and attitudes towards regulation to reduce such pollution. We require detailed consideration of two specific types of pollution, and of their associated regulation, namely a) faecal contamination arising from widespread discharge from septic tanks, pit latrines, and hanging toilets to surface drains and water bodies and to subsurface water bodies, and b) industrial discharge to surface and subsurface water bodies. However, we would expect detailed consideration of these specific issues to be embedded within a wider framework of analysis of urban freshwater pollution, and its regulation, in Bangladeshi cities.

Bids due: Before 1700 (UK) Tuesday 13th March 2018

Focus country: Bangladesh

Maximum budget: GBP 80,000

For more information and details on the bidding process, see the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative website (‘Current research calls’).

UNITAR online course on Urban Sanitation

In 2009, UNITAR (the United Nations Institute for Training and Research) developed an online course aimed at enhancing the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make the most enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. Additionally, it provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.

The course was UNITAR’s very first e-learning course! Since then, more than 400 courses have been uploaded to our online platform and successive course sessions have been conducted up to this date. However, in the light of recent developments in the sector, the course needs to be updated and further expanded to better reflect today’s challenges. UNITAR needs to hire the necessary experts to update the course, and is thus calling on the generous attention of potential donors to support our capacity-building efforts. Without your help, we will not be able to run this course any longer!

If you are interested in this course, please contact us at:

Shit-Flow Diagrams – EAWAG

Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies, Published on Dec 22, 2016

Water Conflict – Water Currents, February 6, 2018

Water Conflict – Water Currents, February 6, 2018.

Competition and conflict over water resources extends back thousands of years. Water is a fundamental and irreplaceable resource in all societies. Therefore, it is not surprising that water management is complex and that water-related interests are frequently contested. The risk of water-related violence and conflict is growing, as scarce water resources face ever-increasing pressures from growing populations and environmental degradation.


Community members in Mayendit County, South Sudan, use their new borehole, which they manually drilled with support from the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Photo credit: Samaritan’s Purse

This issue contains open access articles and reports from 2017, as well as several news articles on water, conflict, and peace building published so far in 2018. Also included are selected USAID resources on water-related conflict.

We are always looking for ideas and suggestions to make Water Currents more useful and relevant, so we would appreciate your responses to this brief survey before it closes. The last day to respond is February 12, 2018.

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Water, Conflict and Peacebuilding – Overviews 
A Matter of Survival: Learning to Cooperate Over WaterWilson Center, January 16, 2018. Members of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, convened by a coalition of 15 countries, share their insights on water and peace in this panel discussion video. The panel also developed a set of recommendations designed to prevent water-related conflicts.

The Water Conflict Chronology: Water Conflicts Over the Centuries and MillenniaCircle of Blue, June 2017. In this podcast Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute discusses some of the lessons learned from past water conflicts and explores what kind of trends have emerged.

Read the complete issue.

SuSanA India Chapter Meeting in Goa – 20.-21. February 2018

We are happy to announce that the next SuSanA India chapter meeting will take place in Panaji, Goa on Wednesday, 21st of February 2018. The meeting will have sessions on waste to energy, city sanitation plans, WASH In Schools, faecal sludge management, and the way forward for the SuSanA India Chapter.  The meeting will take place immediately after to the 50th annual convention of the Indian Water Works Association. The meeting is organised by Ecosan Services Foundation, the India Sanitation Coalition and the SuSanA Secretariat.

On Tuesday, the 20th of February, India Sanitation Coalition is organising a session of the Insight Series on ‘Sanitation and Tourism’, in partnership with the Ecosan Services Foundation and the SuSanA Secretariat. The session will start at 2 PM and is a moderated discussion.

On the 19th, a the Centre for Science and Environment will conduct a full-day training on Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) preparation. SFDs are a visualization tool that summarizes complex information into an easy-to-understand diagram, as it simply shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation value chain. The diagrams are backed by a service delivery context description and information on data sources in the city concerned.

All three events will take place at Clube Tennis de Gaspar Dias, Near Bandodkar Samadhi Marg, Miramar, Goa.

  1. SFD training, held by CSE (19 February, full day)
  2. Insight Series on ‘Tourism and Sanitation’ (20 February 2018, afternoon)
  3. SuSanA India Chapter Meeting (21 February 2018, full day)

Registration is open now and free of charge. Your registration will assist us in the preparation of the meeting, so we require all attendees to register for this reason. We encourage and welcome interested organisations and sanitation enthusiasts from India to get in touch with the SuSanA Secretariat (! The agenda is being prepared and will be circulated in advance of the meeting.

WSSCC welcomes Rolf Luyendijk as Executive Director

Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, a well-respected international development professional who has served as Chief of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for UNICEF in Afghanistan, and as UNICEF’s Senior WASH Statistics and Monitoring specialist, will be the new Executive Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) as of 1 March 2018.

“I am very excited to join WSSCC and its many partners in their efforts to accelerate progress on sanitation and to make a difference especially in the lives of the most marginalized and disadvantaged peoples, and to support girls’ education through menstrual hygiene management as an entry point for empowerment and life-long learning,” Mr. Luyendijk said. “WSSCC holds a unique mandate within the United Nations system as the only UN body fully dedicated to sanitation and hygiene, and I see it as my role to make the most of that position by facilitating national platforms for collaboration with governments, civil society partners, other UN agencies, the Sanitation and Water for All partnership, faith-based organizations and interested foundations and private sector initiatives to reach Sustainable Development Goal target 6.2 on sanitation.”

Mr. Brad Herbert and Ms. Ebele Okeke, Co-Chairs of WSSCC’s governing board, the Steering Committee, said: “Rolf has a proven track record at UNICEF and elsewhere as both a leader and a manager. We look forward to the leadership he will provide as WSSCC moves forward to deliver under its Strategic Plan.”

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Luyendijk has worked with several UN organizations in Afghanistan, Laos, Mexico and the United States (New York) and has lived as well with his family in Morocco and North-Sudan while on assignment. As the lead from UNICEF on the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), Mr. Luyendijk was responsible for monitoring progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) drinking water and sanitation targets. During his final years at the JMP he was instrumental in mobilizing a diverse set of WASH sector partners around the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets on water supply and sanitation. In November 2014, he returned to the field as Chief of WASH with UNICEF in Afghanistan.

Mr. Luyendijk is a citizen of the Netherlands and has Masters degrees in public health and environmental sciences from the Netherlands School of Public Health and Wageningen University, respectively. He is married with two children.

Mr. Luyendijk will be based at WSSCC’s Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. He succeeds Mr. Chris Williams, who served as Executive Director from November 2012 until 31 December 2017. Mr. David Shimkus, Programme Director of the Global Sanitation Fund at WSSCC, is Acting Executive Director/Officer-in-Charge until 1 March 2018.

A discussion between WASH funders and grantees

Innovative strategies, new pathways, and more to learn

By iDE

iDE had the opportunity to participate in a conversation amongst various WASH grantees and funders this past fall. From the power of incentives to output based aid, dive into the discussion—the latest innovations in sanitation marketing and questions that still need exploring. Read lessons learned from designing and implementing results-based WASH programs.