WASHplus Weekly: Focus on WASH Sustainability

This issue contains notices of upcoming events and links to recent studies, reports, and blog posts on WASH sustainability. The IRC Water and Sanitation Center’s Triple-S project states that one out of three rural water supply systems in developing countries do not function at all or performs far below its promised level. There is no one-size fits-all sustainability model but organizations have identified a number of key actions or building blocks for sustainable service delivery.  weekly


March 11–12, 2013 – 2013 WASH Sustainability Forum(Presentations)
The 2013 WASH Sustainability Forum was held at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., on March 11 & 12, 2013. This two-day event built on previous WASH sustainability forums held around the globe. The forum examined the role of collaboration, particularly with governments, in ensuring lasting WASH services. Presentations from this event are now available and a recording will be available soon.

April 9–11, 2013 – Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. (Brochure)
The three-day symposium will shine the spotlight on six important and interrelated topics on monitoring WASH services.

Costing Sustainable Services Online Course Schedule 2013. IRC. (Link)
WASHCost offers a free online course for WASH sector professionals. The “Costing Sustainable Services” online course was developed to assist governments, NGOs, donors, and individuals to plan and budget for sustainable and equitable WASH services, using a life-cycle cost approach.

One response to “WASHplus Weekly: Focus on WASH Sustainability

  1. I think the number of articles above is indicative of how little sustainability there is in the sector. Anybody who knows our work will be aware that we only build UDDTs as they are one of the few sustainable sanitation options available. I haven’t read the presentations yet from the Washington meeting, but doubt is there will be much new, especially as I have already seen one of the quotes and believe it is nothing more than empty rhetoric . As a sector we have to make a decision about whether we are promoting and implementing long-term sustainable sanitation, or whether we are just concerned about providing short-term, quick fix sanitation for numbers that look good in annual reports.

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