Category Archives: Education & training

How to fill the non-sewered sanitation skills gap – IWA

How to fill the non-sewered sanitation skills gap. IWA, April 2019.

The Source asked a global panel of experts: ‘How can the water sector respond to the skills gap that must be filled if we are to make the most of opportunities presented by urban non-sewered sanitation?’ iwa.png

Professor Dr Damir Brdjanovic, Director, Global Sanitation Graduate School

The sector is in need of quality training and education, cooperation between academic and professional institutions, a recognised framework with assured quality, prestigious degrees and diplomas, platforms for alumni career development, and many other ingredients that will help people have healthier and productive lives.

In response to the growing need for leaders in developing countries and the implementation of non-sewered sanitation (NSS), the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and partners – supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – have launched the Global Sanitation Learning Alliance, to help develop and disseminate knowledge on sanitation.

Recently, IHE Delft has started a new MSc in sanitation – a unique interdisciplinary programme with a focus on the delivery of NSS services to urban communities. It is designed for people from diverse backgrounds, acknowledging the complexity of urban sanitation.

Read the complete article.

Training Program on Implementing and Operationalizing Faecal Sludge Management

In the next five years, it is expected that more than 500 faecal sludge treatment plants (FSTPs) have to be designed, built and operated in India. However, there is a significant gap in understanding of the faecal sludge management opportunities and operations amongst practitioners such as contractors and operators.

To address this gap, the Centre for Advanced Sanitation Solutions (CASS) in partnership with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BORDA and the CDD Society is organising a training course + exposure visit on faecal sludge management from 5-8 February 2019 in Bengaluru, India.

For more information go to: www.trainings.cddindia.org

 

WEBINAR: Thursday Dec. 13th, 8-9 AM EST. Interested in evaluating the long-term sustainability of water, sanitation, and hygiene development interventions?

Please join USAID/India and Social Impact for a webinar from 8-9 AM EST on Dec. 13th as they present key findings from an ex-post evaluation of a USAID/India development project, implemented between 1994 and 2011, that worked in partnership with the Government of India on new approaches to plan, design, and finance urban infrastructure to improve water and sanitation access for the poor. webinar.png

Lessons from this evaluation are intended to help inform activity design improvements in India, as well as in other urban water and sanitation contexts.

For more information on the webinar and to register, click below: https://mailchi.mp/usaid/social-impact-fire-d-webinar-dec2018-324907?e=8998f1148f

Event Invitation: Realizing the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation – 14 September 2018

WSSCC is inviting you to a session: Realizing the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Tackling stigma and discrimination: From menstruation to access to WASH for people on the move that will take place next Friday 14 September 2018 / 13h30 – 15h00 at Palais des Nations, Room XXVII (Geneva, Switzerland).

PROGRAMME

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the co-chairs
Keynote speech: Mr. Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
Remarks by: Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, WSSCC Executive Director
Presentations:
– Ms. Inga Winker, Human Rights Expert, Columbia University (NY)
– Mr. Labo Madougou, Director of Development and Extension of Sanitation Services from the Water and Sanitation Ministry of Niger
– Ms. Khadi Sonkho, MHM Trainer for West and Central Africa, Louga (Senegal)
Q/A and Moderated Discussion
Closing remarks:
Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, WSSCC Executive Director
Permanent Mission of Niger

This session is an opportunity to:

  • Reinforce evidence-based advocacy for sustainable access to WASH provisions (water, sanitation and hygiene) for all in public policies
  • Share evidence, best practice and innovations in programming and policy at the national level
  • Build a community of stakeholders committed to promoting and fostering menstrual health
  • Discuss how the agenda for menstrual health and other stigmatized topics can be advanced at the global level
  • Emphasize the impact of stigma, psycho-social stress and lack of body literacy as issues that have thus far received less attention
  • Contribute to the dissemination of the recommendations from the most recent report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitatio
  • Understand important barriers to and solutions for implementing the Human
  • Rights to Water and Sanitation for all for people on the move
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities for different stakeholders

Fore more info, read the Event Program and the Concept Note.

Snacks will be provided at 13h00 at the entrance of the room.

Please RSVP to anthony.dedouche@wsscc.org before 12 September 2018.

Menstrual Hygiene Webinar Series 2018

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There is a growing interest in the development sector on menstrual hygiene (MH), and more organisations are working on this issue. WASH United, Simavi, World Vision and GIZ are launching a webinar series focusing on menstrual hygiene as an activity under the MH Alliance. This five-part, weekly webinar series will launch the week of 28 May (Menstrual Hygiene Day), with a different topic each week. This series aims to touch on many of the complex aspects of MH, including evidence, knowledge, menstrual products, infrastructure and policy. Below is a summary of the objectives, deliverables, outline and topics for these webinars:
Overall objective: To document and promote learning and connection between menstrual hygiene practitioners and interested professionals from different sectors, with a specific aim to refine and advance the global MH agenda. More specifically, we hope to

● Building a global MH movement
● Creating a community of practice on MH
● Providing a platform for sharing and learning on MH
● Giving NGOs in the global south a platform to share and learn

Deliverables: After each webinar, a one-page learning document will be produced noting key points discussed, questions for further discussion, resources highlighted, and action items identified. Learning and exchange will be consolidated and shared, such as in upcoming forums like the High-level Political Forum, as well via MH Day website and newsletter.

Outline: Each 60 minute webinar will follow roughly the same outline:

● Introduction and welcome (5 minutes)
● Thematic presenter (10 minutes)
● Topic presenter 1 (10 minutes)
● Topic presenter 2 (10 minutes)
● Discussant reflections (5 minutes)
● Guided group discussion around core question (20)

The webinar will take place every Thursday starting on 31 May 2018. It is free-of-charge and open to all interested professionals and individuals from all sectors. These webinars will be recorded and posted online for future access. Post-webinar discussion will take place on the SuSanA platform.

Topics:

● Webinar 1: Menstrual hygiene: the issue, evidence and gaps
● Webinar 2: Solutions to improve knowledge, practices and attitude
● Webinar 3: Creating access to menstrual products
● Webinar 4: Infrastructure solutions for MH
● Webinar 5: Advocating for MH

Register here: bit.ly/mhws-register

Examining Sustainability of USAID’s Millennium Water Alliance Activity in Ethiopia – May 17, 2018 Webinar

The USAID Water Office is hosting a webinar on May 17, 2018, at 9 a.m. EDT (New York time): Examining Sustainability of USAID’s Millennium Water Alliance Activity in Ethiopia. mwa.png

  • Thursday, May 17 | 9 a.m. EDT (New York time)

The Millennium Water Alliance-Ethiopia Program (MWA-EP) has worked to improve WASH access and local capacity in the country since 2004, supporting more than 700,000 people as well as a large number of schools and health facilities, across five regions. This event presents key findings from a soon-to-be released USAID ex-post evaluation of MWA-EP’s work between 2004 and 2009 in 24 rural woredas (districts) of Ethiopia.

The webinar will focus on the extent to which MWA-EP’s outcomes have been sustained and the factors affecting sustainability. Kari Nelson will present evaluation findings on the long-term outcomes related to rural water point construction and rehabilitation, community management of those water points, as well as sanitation and hygiene education activities.

Join the webinar:  https://ac.usaid.gov/what-we-are-learning-ethiopia-mwa/

About the Presenter – Dr. Kari Nelson is a Senior Technical Specialist at Social Impact with ten years of experience conducting monitoring and evaluation activities in international development. In her current role at Social Impact, Dr. Nelson oversees performance evaluation teams, reviewing methodologies, data collection tools, and analysis to ensure quality. She plays a senior advisory role to the ex-post evaluation series for the USAID Water CKM Project.

WASHPaLS Webinar: Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children

The USAID Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project is holding a webinar to discuss the findings of Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review of the Literature. The presentation will share highlights from the desk review, key lessons for implementers, and the project’s next steps in this area.

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This recently completed review of the scientific and grey literature to capture the state of knowledge of the health risks to infants and young children from fecal exposure in their home environments focuses on historically underemphasized sources and transmission pathways not disrupted by the traditional suite of WASH measures. Download the review

Presenters: 

  • Julia Rosenbaum, Senior Behavior Change Specialist, WASHPaLS Project
  • Francis Ngure, Research Advisor, WASHPaLS Project
  • Jeff Albert, Deputy Director, WASHPaLS Project