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The 2nd African High Level Forum on Water and Sanitation

Wed, 28Nov2012 1 comment

The forum is organized, in collaboration with the Government of Senegal. This High Level Forum will follow up on the outcomes from the 1st HLF in Ouagadougou as well as capitalize on its successes.


It is from the 12th to the 14th of December 2012


Dakar, Senegal, at
Hotel King Fahd Palace, Pointe des Almadies, Dakar (Ex Hotel Meridien President)

“Innovative Financing and Investments to accelerate access to water and sanitation in Africa.”

Main Objectives

  1. To advance the development of new and existing financial and investment mechanisms in the WASH sector for accelerated access to sanitation and water for all.
  2. To facilitate linkages and the engagements between investors and innovators towards expansion and scaling up of innovation on WASH products and sanitation services in Africa.
  3. To catalyze the strengthening of systems and frameworks that support and facilitate the translation of the various high level declarations on WASH on the Continent into actions

Major Attractions

Innovations fair
– Ministers and Donors Round Table
– Business to Business (B to B) sessions
– Launch of Africa Sanitation Think Tank
– Launch of Sanitation and Water for Africa
Development Initiative Fund (SaniFund)
– Gala Dinner


– High level Government officials from Africa
– Small and medium scale entrepreneurs in water and sanitation
– Donors and Investors
– WASH Sector Researchers and practitionners
– Other Invited Special Guests


all content is taken from forum site


Webinar:Why does diarrhea matter? Lessons from Countries

Wed, 15Aug2012 Comments off

August 7, 2012 — MCHIP

Please join CORE Group and MCHIP for the second in a series of webinars on diarrheal disease.

WHEN: August 21st from 9 – 11 am EST

HOW: Join by registering at CORE Group’s website [2]

WHO: Moderated by Dr. Dyness Kasungami, MCHIP Team Leader for Child Health

The second leading cause of preventable child deaths, diarrheal disease claims the lives of 1.3 million children under-five annually, mostly in Africa and South Asia. Gains from the introduction of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and improved water, sanitation and hygiene are have not been sustained in many countries, with global coverage of ORT use being as low as 34%.

The first webinar in February focused on advocating for coordinated approaches to implement a package of effective interventions, and mobilizing resources and multi-disciplinary partners. In this second webinar, Dr. Dyness Kasungami will moderate a panel with three speakers who will present country success experiences  from Benin, Ghana and India in addressing low coverage of effective interventions in diarrheal disease.

The panelists will also share lessons learned surrounding promising practices to increase coverage of zinc, changed dynamics around ORS/zinc use, and the links between treatment and key Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) practices for prevention. The panel presentation will be followed by an opportunity for a Q&A with participants.

Katharine McHugh is the WASH Technical Advisor at PSI.
Topics: Diarrhea treatment program in Benin; strengthening linkages between ORT/zinc and WASH

Kate Schroder is the Director of Essential Medicines Initiative of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).
Topic: Demand generation for ORS and zinc in India

Vicki MacDonald is the Child Health Advisor of Abt Associates.
Topic: A public/private partnership in Ghana to address the introduction of zinc

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Reminder: African Toilet Design Competition

Mon, 13Aug2012 Comments off



To discover a toilet concept design, which in its design, will address the various sanitation and related challenges faced by the millions of Africans i.e. no or limited access to water resources, scarcity of water resources, the absence of adequate bulk infrastructure (water and waste water works), high levels of unemployment and poverty, inadequate or no housing structures, disease, hunger etc. and in doing so, afford access to acceptable, safe and adequate sanitation whilst promoting the harvesting of by-products such as compost and urine for the establishment of self-sustained food gardens. The winning concept design(s) should adequately address / prevent and/or limited disease mitigation from transmission through the 5 C`s i.e. fluid, feet, food, fingers and flies.

Competition Dates:

Closing Date for Submission 30 September 2012

Short listed candidates Notified 30 October 2012

Winning Designs Announced 4 December 2012

Terms of Reference and Concept Design Specification IMPORTANT:

The design specifications exclude any potential design that:

    •   requires water to operate
    •   requires excavation of ground for installation
    •   resembles VIP or Double VIP Toilets

Design Specification The design should:

  1. Be environmentally friendly i.e. waterless and chemical free
  2. Promote aerobic processes and the dehydration of faecal matter through forced ventilation
  3. Promote urine diversion and the collection thereof (urine collection tank) and the conversion of faecal matter to compost-like material for agrarian use
  4. Be an On-site system i.e. collection and processing of human faecal matter, with little or no off site removal required
  5. Include a heat energy device that promotes further dehydration, creates a negative pressure and promotes an odourless environment
  6. Be self-contained i.e. the design must prevent spillage of both urine and faecal matter into the surrounding soil
  7. Be for a 1: 1 USE to promote household use (family of 4 – 6 people).

Production Parameters:

  1. Portability: Should be light weight, easy to transport and relocate.
  2. Durability: Should be strong in its design and afford vertical weight transfer efficiency of up to 200 Kilograms,
  3. UV – resistant.
  4. The design should be robust in its design in order to withstand the harsh African climate.

 Maintenance Features:

  1. The faecal collection chamber should allow for easy removal during cleaning cycles.
  2. Cleaning cycles, under normal use, should be once every 4 (four) weeks,
  3. Cleaning material/products should to be specified to enhance composting processes – should be certified bio-degradable and compostable.
  4. Personal safety and precautionary measures to be specified and amplified.

  Other Specifications:

The final design:

  1. Should be an above ground toilet system
  2. Should be able of mass production and rapid implementation in target areas though out Africa
  3. Should have a minimal of moving parts
  4. Should be affordable, both in its capital expenditure and monthly cleaning costs
  5. Should necessitate the use of bulking agent and toilet paper “only”
  6. Must be accompanied with the appropriate design specification schedules, cleaning and installation manuals.
  7. Must accommodate for the introduction of CLTS Principles in both its implementation phase and cleaning phase.
  8. All submissions must be accompanied by a sample concept design toilet unit.

Submission details

  • Submissions may be sent electronically via email to
  • Sample concept design units (actual toilet) (Shortlisted candidates only) MUST be sent to:
    • Unit 1 Linton Close
      ParowWestern Cape South Africa

      For complete details got to  African Toilet Design Competition

5. Prize Money

S.A. Rand



1st Prize Allocation

55 000

7 500


2ND Prize Allocation

30 000

5 000


3rd Prize Allocation

15 000

2 500

Total Prize Value

100 000

15 000

US$ estimated due to exchange rate fluctuations.
Winning concepts designs will attract commercial relationship with sponsor to further the commercialization of their designs.

Proudly Sponsored by:


For complete details got to  African Toilet Design Competition

all details/text  on this page come directly  from PDF  found at the above site

The Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation supports joint project by Swiss aquatic research institute and South African water utility

Fri, 15Oct2010 2 comments

Urine as a Commercial Fertilizer?

14 October 2010 – press release reprint

In Eawag’s laboratory, process engineer Kai Udert carries out research on various reactors to separate nutrients and contaminants out of urine

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports joint project by Swiss aquatic research institute and South African water utility

The separate collection of urine provides innovative opportunities for the improvement of sanitation and the recycling of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Urine separation is an excellent sanitation solution, particularly in places where classic sewer-based sanitation is not sustainable. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing a grant of 3.0 million US dollars to support a joint project by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and the eThekwini Water and Sanitation utility (EWS) in South Africa to continue developing practical, community-scale nutrient recovery systems.

The project, covering a period of four years, focuses on the further development of technical solutions for urine processing for nutrient recovery. In addition, project participants, together with experts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, will study the logistics of collection and transport of urine from toilets to processing facilities. The Swiss aquatic research scientists and their partners in South Africa will also examine ways in which sanitation can be paid for by the production and sale of urine-based fertiliser, thus enabling a cheap, efficient and widely-accepted sanitation system to be set up.

Alternatives are urgently needed

There is a growing awareness that in many parts of the world an alternative is needed for the conventional sewer-based sanitation and central wastewater treatment system – if only for the reason that not enough water is available for drinking, let alone to be used for flushing. There is a pressing need to reduce the number of people with no access to basic sanitary facilities and safe drinking water, as required by the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As well as endangering people’s health, inadequate disposal of faecal material poses a risk to the drinking water supply and contaminates the natural environment. Last but not least, the global demand for fertiliser is so great that interest in local sources of nutrients is growing.

Successful preparatory work in Nepal

Eawag has many years of experience in the research of urine separation, also known as NoMix technology, and in 2007 completed the transdisciplinary Novaquatis project. Since then, Eawag’s project in Siddhipur near Kathmandu, Nepal, has demonstrated that urine processed to make the phosphorus-based fertiliser struvite can help to close regional nutrient cycles and promote awareness of the value of the nutrients contained in urine. Farmers participating in the scheme also benefit since they do not need to buy as much imported chemical fertiliser ( «This experience plus the collaboration with an extremely progressive administrative department in Durban were important reasons for developing our project in South Africa for the next four years», says process engineer Kai Udert, who is the Eawag researcher in charge of the South Africa project.

Collaboration with an innovative water authority

Eawag can count on a forward-looking partner in the South African eThekwini region around Durban, since they have already carried out important pioneering work in the field of sanitation. EWS has been promoting urine-diverting dry toilets since 2002 and there are already around 90,000 such toilets in use. However, urine is simply soaked into the ground, which could create new problems in the longer term. A simple, combined system for nutrient recycling from urine will be developed . This will reduce the costs of sanitation, prevent pollution of water resources and produce fertiliser for the local market. «That’s a completely new way of thinking and not just a small step on an already well-trodden path», says Kai Udert.

More information: Dr. Kai Udert, Telephone +41 44 823 5360

Join the United Wash Campaign and use the Football World Cup to help the cause of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Sat, 12Jun2010 1 comment

Wash United Logo

Wash United Logo

WASH United is a coalition of international and African civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, governments and leading actors from the world of football using the power of sport to promote safe drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all people, everywhere. In their campaign for the 2010 World Cup, WASH United focuses on eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Mali, Lesotho, Uganda and Tanzania). In addition, WASH United has also targeted activities taking place in Europe to raise awareness among the general public and decision makers.
WASH United is also a Club that already counts among its members some of the world’s biggest football stars like Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu or Stephen Appiah. WSSCC is a partner to this project and calls on all members to join this great initiative. Join WASH United and Take Action:

§  As an individual living in a community or country where people lack access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, you can help by :
– Inviting your friends and family to team up with WASH United
– Informing your friends, colleagues, peers and family about the importance of WASH for health and dignity
– Spreading the word that football superstars like Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu or Stephen Appiah are now Champions for WASH
– Circulating WASH United materials and participating in WASH United Events
– Approaching local and national decision makers and demanding that they increase efforts to ensure WASH for all
– Helping to generate political will at the international level by signing our petitions

§  As an individual living in a community or country where all people enjoy access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, you can help by:
– Inviting your friends and family to team up with WASH United
– Informing  your friends, colleagues, peers and family about the water and sanitation crisis in many parts of the world – and encouraging them to act
– Purchasing the WASH United Team Shirt at our cooperation partner
– Engaging with the Parliamentarian representing your community and/or the Ministry in charge of development cooperation, calling for a stronger focus on WASH in your country’s development cooperation
– Creating political pressure: write to your Member of Parliament and demand vigorous efforts to end the water and sanitation crisis
– Helping to generate political will at the international level and act in solidarity with people lacking access to WASH by signing our petitions

Join WASH United

Join WASH United

To know more and to register, go to

SPLASH, the ERA-NET of the European Water Initiative will launch a research call on 1st March, 2010

Wed, 10Feb2010 Comments off

SPLASH research call on sustainable sanitation service chains

splash logoSPLASH, the ERA-NET of the European Water Initiative will launch a research call on 1st March, 2010. The overall call budget will be approx. 1.7 Mio Euro. The call will be funded by the following donors:

  • Austria Development Cooperation (ADC), Austria
  • Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom
  • Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et Européenes (MAEE), France
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Sweden
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland

The deadline for submitting concept notes is April 23, 13:00 (CET).

1. Topics of the call

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the rates of urbanization have generally exceeded the capacities of national and local governments to plan and manage sanitation systems in an efficient, equitable and sustainable way. Improving sanitation services to the urban poor is an urgent priority that will have major positive impacts on human health and dignity, economic productivity and the environment. Research is required to support these efforts.

The major objective of the SPLASH research call is to contribute to the understanding and implementation at scale of sustainable sanitation service chains in low-income urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Expected projects and expected results

Proposals to be submitted under the SPLASH call should focus on investigation of the sanitation service systems in low-income urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. They may consider both working and dysfunctional systems, by investigating and evaluating key factors for success or failure of a system. In particular, proposals should address three main issues:

  • The role of service providers, to better understand the nature of the public and private market and its mechanisms in urban sanitation systems.
  • The urban sanitation market, to understand and quantify the financial flows in urban sanitation systems, to investigate how the urban poor can participate in the urban sanitation market and to design pro-poor sanitation financing mechanisms.
  • The role of policies and regulatory frameworks in shaping sustainable urban sanitation service chains, to understand the key factors of an enabling environment for pro-poor urban sanitation.

Project results should contribute to:

  • Understand sustainable sanitation service chains in urban areas from a financial, social, institutional and technical point of view;
  • Determine good practice, innovative models, key success factors and barriers for the implementation of sanitation service chains for the urban poor;
  • Formulate evidence-based policy recommendations and institutional arrangements that further large-scale implementation of sustainable sanitation service chains in poor urban areas.

3. Eligibility criteria

Each research consortium must be transnational and consist of a minimum of 3 independent legal entities. At least 2 consortium partners must be from one or more African countries and at least 1 consortium partner must be from an European country.

The research projects commissioned by the SPLASH call on sanitation service chains will be limited to 36 month in duration. Each research consortia can apply for a total SPLASH research contribution in the range of 250’000 – 500’000 Euro.

Eligible participants entitled to funding are legal entities like research institutes, universities, private companies including SMEs, public administrations, civil society organisations, and non-governmental organisations from countries of Africa and from European countries.

4. Application procedure and evaluation

The SPLASH research call will employ a two stage application process: in a first step, consortia are invited to submit concept notes. Subsequently, shortlisted consortia will be invited to submit full proposals.

The evaluation process consists of three steps: In step 1 and 2, concept notes and full proposals will be evaluated in a peer-review process; in step 3, the projects to be funded will be selected by an international panel of science and development experts.

5. Forms, guidelines and further information

A detailed applicant’s guide and templates for the submission of concept notes will be available on the SPLASH website, by March 1, the official launching date of the call.

For further questions, please contact the call secretariat:

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Manfred Kaufmann

intergrated approach to clean water, sanitation, hygiene, education

Wed, 09Sep2009 Comments off

This video shows the International Federation Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI) in action at the Zambia Red Cross Society “Rural Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Project” … It show how a Zambia clean water project comes  hand in hand with sanitation and hygiene education



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