The results of a multi-stakeholder roundtable on “The importance and expansion strategy of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) at school level” have been broadcasted in the two Bangladesh journals, the Daily Kaler Kantho (link) and Daily Sun newspaper (link). The event was jointly organized by Caritas Bangladesh on behalf of Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium and Daily Kaler Kantho. The roundtable was attended by the Bangladeshi Minister of Health, the Director of Higher Education, the Chief Engineer, Department of Public Health Engineering, the Vice Chancellor of Stamford University and Country directors of several international and national NGOs such as WASH alliance, Save the Children and WaterAid Bangladesh.
The roundtable participants highlight the importance of personal hygiene and improved sanitation for the health of children and the future of Bangladesh. Many promising ideas were shared to overcome problems related to water, sanitation and hygiene in Bangladesh:
- the formation of cleanliness committees at school
- building separate toilets for male and female students
- water and sanitation issues to be included in text books and in national academic curriculum
- conduct a handwashing campaign at national level, as this has proven successful in 83 pilot schools
- children act as change agents for the society: what they learn at school will be passed on in their families
- to guarantee that the message is shared with the families, mothers can be invited to monthly WASH meetings
- sanitary napkins provided by female teachers has proven to be very useful for effective menstrual hygiene management at schools, this approach could be up-scaled to national level
In Nepal, different medias have covered news on the solar lifting drinking water supply system, which was implemented by a Consortium project in villages of the Dailekh District. Their main massage is that villagers are happy benefiting from the new technology getting water nearby their houses.
The report broadcasted on Nepal Television (link) and the articles in the national daily newspaper Naya Patrika and the Kekrebihar daily newspaper of Surkhet district point out, that prior to the installation of this system, villagers had to walk long distances every day in order to fetch water. “The solar lift system made it possible to pump water up to the hill and provides water nearby the village, something I had never imagined”, the villager Top Bahadur Thapa explains. Mr. Mohan Bhatta, technical Coordinator of the project, says that the solar lift can pump water up to 90m height and 17 taps are to be installed for distribution. He adds, that ponds are constructed above the sources in order to ensure enough water discharge. The community has established an operation and maintenance fund, which ensures the long run of the system. According to the team Leader of the project, Madan Raj Bhatta, the Water Use Master Plan (WUMP) - instrument for local actors to address water management issues - has helped in identifying places, where the real need of such technology to serve the community is. The water supply system is presented as an example for development with a new technology, from which the community can benefit from.
The present report summarises the results of the period January to June 2016. The report highlights both achievements at project level as well as at regional and global level. It further presents the lessons learnt and joint activities realised during the reporting period.
Remarkable achievements in terms of beneficiaries have been reached during the reporting period respectively since the start of the second phase. The Consortium has also strongly contributed to fostering effective knowledge sharing and learning. Besides encouraging project teams to implement lessons learnt in their current project interventions, good practices have been documented by the teams resulting in several posters and videos.
This year’s Stockholm World Water Week will take place from 28th August – 2 September. This conference for experts, practitioners, decision-makers and business innovators from a range of sectors and countries is to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.
The Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium will participate at the booth of the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP). We will present what we do and share information on our promising approaches and experiences. With a focus on the Blue Schools – which in the framework of the Consortium have found its way to several countries – we want to show others, how working as a Consortium makes a difference. Furthermore, we aim to have exchanges with other alliances and networks to learn from them.
Join us at the following events:
Working in alliances for improved learning and collective impact?
Discussion with representatives from the Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium, German Toilet Organisation and Partnerships in Practice.
Mon 29 – 12:30 – 13:00
Swiss Water Partnership booth Nr. 6
Share, learn, scale-up – how working as a Consortium makes a difference
Presentations and exchange on the Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium with a focus on the Blue Schools approach
Tue 30 – 10:30 – 13:00
Swiss Water Partnership booth Nr. 6
Boosting the local-global interaction for sustainable water policies development
Discussion with representatives from the International Secretariat for Water, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium, European Youth Parliament for Water and all interested people.
Tue 30 – 17:30 – 18:15
Swiss Water Partnership booth Nr. 6
The present report summarises the results of the period January to December 2015. The report highlights both achievements at project level as well as at regional/global level. It further presents the lessons learnt and joint activities realised during the reporting period. Additional information available regarding this period are the Results, News and Publications published on the Consortium website.
The second regional workshop in Asia took place from 23 to 27 of November 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop has been very successful in terms of further strengthening the mutual cooperation and collaboration among the regional projects. The process and methodologies used in conducting the workshop, solely aimed at recognizing and inspiring Consortium partners to share their best practices and lessons learnt with each other. In Consortium projects, cross-learning of best practices and innovations stand at the heart and all projects enthusiastically participated and shared those in respective sessions.
The workshop was also very successful in clarifying various issues and challenges that projects were facing, such as; measuring water quality at point of use, monitoring hand washing at households, school latrine standards and WASH service sustainability, etc. The technical sessions provided common solutions and understanding on the mentioned issues. It was agreed that field-based staff responsible for project implementation will be trained to adhere to the agreed methods and procedures. Additionally, joint action plans were developed for the year 2016 at intra- and inter-country levels.
The second regional workshop in Francophone Africa was held from 12 to 15 October 2015 in Sokode, Togo. It was an opportunity for all projects of the group to come together to share experiences, learn from each other and improve the quality of their interventions. Through presentations, movies, group work and a field visit, 26 participants from 6 different countries (Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin, Madagascar, Switzerland) have shared their experiences and knowledge.
The overall objective of the meeting was to promote knowledge sharing. The specific objectives were to:
Share best practices and lessons learned in order to improve the implementation of projects and scale up successful approaches.
Address specific topics, technical issues and challenges faced by projects and find appropriate solutions.
Plan joint activities (training courses, workshops, publications, etc.) including advocacy and the development of political dialogue.
Present, discuss and improve the expertise on the Consortium procedures and tools.
The "Poster Session" allowed each project to present the approaches, results, lessons learned and good practices. Experiences with innovative approaches and technologies such as the ecological garden, the involvement of private investors in the management of water networks, sanitation marketingand the adaptation of pastoral wells were shared.
During the activity "Advice Market / World Café", the project teams addressed problems like "How to maintain a village open defecation free (ODF)?" or "How to sustain the "Wata" equipment functional and how to promote the use of chlorine?". Among others, the establishments of water committees and trainings for motivated technicians were discussed.
The field visit allowed the participants to get to know the work done by the Red Cross and on the last day, the participants reflected on the future collaboration between the project teams. Exchange visits were planed and a road map for the next year was developed.
The Regional Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa was held from 21-24 September 2015 in Pemba, Mozambique and brought together Consortium partners from Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Sudan. The main objectives of the workshop were to:
Share good practices and lessons learnt in order to improve project practices and scale up successful approaches;
Address (common) specific topics, technical questions and project challenges and find solutions (e.g. water quality testing, financial sustainability of water schemes, hygiene promotion);
Plan joint activities (e.g. trainings, workshops, and publications) including advocacy and policy development;
Present, discuss and enhance know-how about the Consortium procedures and tools (i.e. planning, implementation, monitoring & reporting and evaluation).
The workshop was a mix of interactive activities and presentations by the facilitators and participants, which resulted in active participation and lively discussions between the 21 participants. During a World Café session each project team was asked to identify the three main technical and/or knowledge gabs in their respective project. They then "received" visits from two different "consultancy teams" (other project teams), who would give advice on the questions asked. In an other session, success factors and bottlenecks to good and efficient hygiene promotion were discussed. Recommendations, such as to guarantee continued training/follow-up and to involve teachers and local leaders/government from the start were mentioned and discussed.
Water quality testing was another specific topic addressed during the workshop. One of the key findings on two presented case studies from Ethiopia was, that even though safe water was provided at the source, the water quality testing showed high levels of contamination of the water at point of use. This session not only had the objective of discussing why water quality testing at household level/at the point of use should be done, but also how it could be done. The main testing methods were explained and also demonstrated, and the workshop participants tested water samples by themselves.
During a field visit day, the hole group visited the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation ORATTA project in Metoro and met relevant stakeholders of the small town water system and sanitation and hygiene promotion activities. They visited latrines, talked with the community about the use of their latrines and asked questions regarding financial sustainability to the private operator, who runs the water system.
The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is the global network of professionals and practitioners working to raise standards of knowledge and evidence, technical and professional competence, practice and policy in rural water supply and so fulfil the vision of sustainable rural water services for all. RWSN places a very strong emphasis on innovation, documentation, research and capacity building.