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Capacity strengthening in sanitation : benefits of a long-term collaboration with a utility and research institute

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posted on 12.02.2018, 15:09 authored by Magalie Bassan, Linda Strande
Sanitation investments in Africa have largely failed to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Many, sewer-based wastewater treatment plants provide inadequate treatment, and faecal sludge from onsite treatment in urban areas is largely untreated. The National Office of Water and Sanitation in Burkina Faso and the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries in Switzerland are involved in a collaboration designed to increase institutional aptitude, and develop sustainable long-term wastewater and faecal sludge management solutions. The developed approach evaluates and fills gaps in existing infrastructure, operational ability, local knowledge, and institutional procedures. The continuous communication between the partners has resulted in a synergy and increased level of commitment. This paper presents results and future plans of this utility - research approach that has resulted in training and capacity development plans and a much greater understanding of sanitation management. The lessons learned are transferable to other countries, institutes and sectors.



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BASSAN, M. and STRANDE, L., 2011. Capacity strengthening in sanitation : benefits of a long-term collaboration with a utility and research institute. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). The future of water, sanitation and hygiene in low-income countries - Innovation, adaptation and engagement in a changing world: Proceedings of the 35th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 6-8 July 2011, 8p.p.


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