Tag Archives: Sandec

Sandec Eawag – Behind the Data: The People Who Make Research Happen

Published on Sep 12, 2014 -“Behind The Data: The People Who Make Research Happen” is a short documentary, highlighting the work that was done in rural communities by the people who were instrumental in collecting and recording data for a sanitation-based research project. We aim to show the fundamental value of each person’s role in achieving the ultimate research objectives.

Free online course on urban sanitation starts 13 October

A team of instructors led by Christoph Lüthi from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are eager to teach you how to plan urban sanitation systems.

Together with Sandec/Eawag, EPFL has designed a 5 week online course introducing sector planning tools and frameworks such as Sanitation 21, Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation (CLUES) and the Sanitation Systems Approach.

The course consists of lecture videos (English, with French subtitles), practical exercises, a homework quiz and a final exam. The questions and explanations for the practical exercises, the homework quiz and the final exam are offered in English and French. Watch the introduction video.

The course “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies” runs from 13 October to 16 November 2014.

It is the 2nd MOOC (massive open online course) of the series on “WASH in developing countries”. The first MOOC was on “Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage“.

Akvopedia Sanitation portal – now in Spanish


Through the invaluable support of our intern Niharika Joshi, our Sanitation Platform is now also available in Spanish. After we included the French version last year, this is another step on the road to making Akvopedia a true multi-language platform. We hope it will be useful to Spanish-speaking people around the world.

The new Spanish portal contains 54 detailed articles on a wide range of sanitation technologies. The material was adapted from the extremely useful Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies (2008, Spanish version here), written by Elisabeth Tilley and colleagues of Sandec, the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries at eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland. The authors eventually have plans to make that publication available in Swahili. I’ll look forward to that.

Compendium Spanish

The Spanish version of the Sandec Compendium of Sanitation Systems, produced by Sandec.

Mark Westra is editor of Akvopedia, and is based in The Hague.

Making urban excreta and wastewater management contribute to cities’ economic development [journal article]

Koné, D. (2010). Making urban excreta and wastewater management contribute to cities’ economic development: a paradigm shift. Water policy ; vol. 12, no. 4 ; p. 602–610. doi:10.2166/wp.2010.122


Cities, as engines of economic growth and social development, require large quantities of natural resources to meet their inhabitants’ economic and social needs. Good infrastructure and reliable service provision are key to sustaining cities’ development. In this regard, they enhance investment opportunities and service access to vulnerable populations. In response to the lack of sanitation infrastructure, many governments, development agencies and NGOs usually implement programmes to provide latrines to poor and vulnerable populations. These programmes often do not link infrastructure provision and its necessary management requirements. As a result, the majority of ‘latrine-based’ cities do not have a reliable solution for emptying latrines, and for the transportation and treatment of faecal sludge and wastewater. When these infrastructures are available, they are disconnected from business opportunities which use resources such as water, nutrients or biosolids for their productive activities. This lingering failure in sanitation is putting a huge financial burden on municipalities who have to rely on permanent subsidies to operate and maintain infrastructures. The recent WHO guidelines on safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater opens doors for reuse opportunities other than agricultural irrigation. It is leading towards a new paradigm. This paper discusses research needs to link urban sanitation management to cities’ economic development agenda.

Contact: Doulaye Koné, Department of Water and sanitation in Developing countries (Sandec), Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Ueberlandstrasse, 133 CH-8600 Duebendorf, Switzerland. Fax:+41 44 823 5399 E-mail: Doulaye.Kone@eawag.ch

Vacancy: Senior Researcher – Sanitation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, SANDEC, Switzerland [Deadline 15 Oct 2009]

The department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec) at Eawag, Switzerland, is engaged in applied research & development in water supply and environmental sanitation for low and middle income countries.

Sandec is seeking to fill a vacant position as group leader (tenure track) for sanitation.

The objectives are to develop new concepts and technologies for excreta, faecal sludge and wastewater management through applied research projects with partner organizations in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dissemination of research results, advocacy, developing research capacity and professional expertise, and facilitating implementation are further important activities for getting research results into policy and practice.

Special focus should be on the subject of excreta, and faecal sludge management for low- and middle-income countries.

More information is available on the EAWAG web site [pls do not send respsonses to this blog]

Enquiries can be made through Chris Zurbrügg, Tel: +41-44- 8235423, email: zurbrugg [at] eawag.ch

Deadline for applications: 15 October 2009

For more WASH vacancies go to the WASH Vacancies blog.