Upcoming Online Course: Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management (starts May 1st – online for 5 weeks)

Do you want learn how to apply concepts of sustainable faecal sludge management (FSM) on a city-wide scale?Eawag-Sandec and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne are launching a free 5-week online course “Introduction to FSM” on May 1 on the internet platform Coursera. It will remain online constantly and you will be able to sign up any time to join a course session. The course lecturers will mainly interact on the forum during the first session (May 1 – June 11 2017).  Read More…

WSSCC appoints volunteer national coordinators

The 16 national coordinators work in priority countries in Africa and Asia and are an important and distinguishing feature of WSSCC. This report is focused on the WSSCC national coordinators, the vital work they lead at country level and their considerable ongoing impact. Read the report.

Sanitation for All – Experiences, Challenges, and Innovations

Sanitation for All – Experiences, Challenges, and Innovations

Published in June 2016 this book covers key themes by exploring current experience, practices, challenges, innovations and insights, as well as identifying a future research agenda and gaps in current knowledge. Describing the landscape of sustainability of CLTS and sanitation with reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and through examples from Africa and Asia, the book captures a range of experiences and innovations from a broad range of institutions and actors within the WASH sector, and attempts to make recommendations and practical suggestions for policy and practice for practitioners, funders, policy-makers and governments.

To download visit:  http://www.developmentbookshelf.com/doi/book/10.3362/9781780449272

Solar water set-ups – a better way?

Earlier this month the Economist published an article on pay-as-you go solar water supply systems that seem to be working well. To quote from the article: “Since they are paying for it, the women and girls who collect the water also take more care now not to spill any, leaving fewer puddles in which mosquitos can breed. Most important, though, is to fix broken pumps quickly. In Kenya Ms Koehler found villagers were prepared to pay five times as much for water so long as their pumps were fixed within three days, compared with the previous average of 27.” Read More…

Challenges in Agricultural Development

“The world’s population is set to grow from 7 billion today to 9 billion in 2050. The pesticide industry argues that its products – a market worth about $50bn (£41bn) a year and growing – are vital in protecting crops and ensuring sufficient food supplies.

“It is a myth,” said Hilal Elver, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food. “Using more pesticides is nothing to do with getting rid of hunger. According to the UN Food and AgricultureOrganisation (FAO), we are able to feed 9 billion people today. Production is definitely increasing, but the problem is poverty, inequality and distribution.” Read More