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Online Course “Governance in Urban Sanitation”

The Local Development Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)  announces the next session of the e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation, to be conducted from 23 September to 29 November 2013.

The course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make the most enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. Furthermore, 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 is composed of four modules:
Module 1: Introduction to Sanitation
Module 2: Economics, Pricing and Financing of the Sanitation Sector
Module 3: Institutional Aspects of the Sanitation Sector
Module 4: Sanitation and Poverty

This online course has been awarded with the International ECBCheck Quality Label for e-learning.

The course fee is USD 600 and UNITAR stresses that it does not provide any financial assistance.

Full information about the course is available at:
www.unitar.org/event/urbansanitation2013

E-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation

The Local Development Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is conducting the next session of its e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation from 19 March to 25 May 2012.

The e-course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation practitioners to make the most enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. It provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities. This e-course has been awarded with the International ECBCheck Quality Label for e-Learning.

The deadline for registration is 14 March 2012.
Registration fee: US$ 400

Full information about the course is available at www.unitar.org/event/sanitation2012

Asia: leadership for sanitation needed at both central and local level

The responsibility for sanitation in Asia is fragmented over different agencies, and in most cases the priority given to sanitation is low. Therefore more leadership and political will is needed to make sure that organisational structures function, that plans with good intentions become a reality on the ground and that resources go to the right places. While leadership for sanitation is needed at all levels, it’s most urgent at sub national level, in districts and provinces, because it’s there where the actions take place.

This is the outcome of an email discussion [1] of the WASH Asia Dgroup platform held from 9 August to 9 September 2011. The discussion was moderated by the SNV Asia knowledge network and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, and involved 120 WASH practitioners from 5 different countries in Asia.

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Lessons learnt from sanitation and hygiene practitioners’ workshops: 2007-2011

What works in hygiene and sanitation programming and what does not? Why, with so many good experiences and advances, are basic needs and challenges not met? What are our future priorities?

These questions were addressed in eight regional practitioners’ workshops, held in four continents, where approximately 250 professionals shared their experience and research findings on sanitation and hygiene promotion between the period of 2007 and 2011. With over 100 papers delivered and deliberated upon, discussion in the workshops provided remarkable insight into hygiene and sanitation in WASH programming worldwide.

Of the eight regional workshops, seven were organised by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre with its partners. WaterAid Australia organised a hygiene practitioners’ workshop in Melbourne, which was attended by IRC. This report highlights the commonalities and innovative thinking arising from the deliberations in all eight workshops. It underscores the urgent need to prioritise sanitation and hygiene in WASH programmes and details key intervention strategies that are helpful in improving governance and enhancing, for example, urban/rural programming, financing, and monitoring.

Download the full report (11 p., IRC, 2011)

See an overview of the eight regional workshops and a report (Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion for the Urban Poor) of the most recent workshop held in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2011.

See also Promoting good hygiene practices, a 2011 compilation of 31 case studies on hygiene promotion presented at the regional workshops.

Governance in Urban Sanitation, e-Learning Course, UNITAR, 25 April – 01 July 2011

The goal of the course is to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make the most enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. It provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.

Organised by: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Fees: US$ 400 per participant
Application deadline: 20 April or when course is fully subscribed
Estimated Learning Time: 5 hours/week (total : 50 hours)
Language: English

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Register online at www.unitar.org/event/sanitation2011

Central America: Seminar on Sanitation and Governance – papers

From 1-3 February, 2010, the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre organised together with RRAS-CA Red Regional de Agua y Saneamiento de Centro-America) and RAS-ES ( Red de Agua y Saneamiento de El Salvador ) a seminar to share experiences on governance of sanitation services focusing on the Central American region. The workshop took place in San Salvador and brought together 30 participants mainly from government organisations and NGOs. The workshop was funded by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

All workshop related documents (papers and presentations) can be found on the Spanish IRC web pages by clicking here