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Joint ADB-WB Philippines Sanitation Workshop

On 27 Jan 2014 to 29 Jan 2014 the Joint ADB-WB Philippines Sanitation Workshop took place at the Asian Development Bank Headquarters in Manila.

The ADB and World Bank Philippines, in cooperation with the Government of the Philippines, organized this in-country workshop on sanitation financing which brought together decision makers, city planners, sanitation managers, wastewater professionals, and private sector financing representatives to formulate action plans for cities and municipalities. The workshop coincided with the formulation of a financing framework for sanitation.

Among the sanitation loan/grant facilities that were promoted during the workshop were the ADB-assisted Water District Development Sector Project (WDDSP), to be administered by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), and the WB-assisted National Sewerage and Septage Management Program (NSSMP) administered by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

ADB supported the workshop through a regional initiative on "Promoting Innovations in Wastewater Management in Asia and the Pacific" that aims to increase awareness and action to improve the existing urban sanitation conditions.

Objectives of the workshop aimed to:
  • Formulate wastewater action plans for water districts and local government units;
  • Formulate a sanitation financing framework, and;
  • Promote ADB-assisted sanitation loan/grant facilities and the WB-assisted NSSMP administered by the Philippine government.
Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation, February, 2014

IRC, PSI, Water for People and WSUP Enterprises invited to the East and Southern Africa Action Exchange on Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation on February 18-20, 2014, Kampala, Uganda. The conference venue was the Kampala Serena Hotel, Kampala, Uganda.

It was a seminal time for sanitation professionals to explore how to achieve better and faster results of public and private sector sanitation service delivery. Part of this is learning what others are doing and what they see and understand are the major barriers to move forward. Part is also seeing how is it possible to work better together in innovative ways that integrates community and market approaches and that branch across sectors and organizations.

World Water Week 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

On September 1-6, the 2013 World Water Week took place as water professionals, government officials,researchers and business leaders came together in the Swedish capital to seek common solutions to the most pressing global challenges relating to water and development. The theme of this year was “Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships”.

Every year, for over 20 years, the World Water Week has brought together participants from all sectors and from more than 120 countries worldwide. The 2013 World Water Week explored the relationships between water users, between countries, and between professional communities, at local, national and global levels. They looked into the inter-relations that characterise the broader context in which water is managed like the Water-Energy-Food nexus, and Transboundary Water Cooperation and aimed to identify and recognise both the barriers for, and the benefits of,cooperation.

TPS 2013 – International Terra Preta Sanitation Conference, Hamburg, Germany

The 1st International TPS Conference took place on the 28st to 31st of August 2013. It was well-attended and there were many vibrant discussions about TPS. Resources from the conference are now available on this page.

Workshop on emergency sanitation in Delft, the Netherlands, June 2012
Emergency camp’s sanitation infrastructure is often inadequate and the risks to people’s health become extreme. Governents, NGOs and Humanitarian organisations are fully aware of these problems and the fact that the basic pit latrine design has not been improved upon in decades which aggravated those problems even more.
Workshop on emergency sanitation in Stoutenburg, the Netherlands, Feb 2011
The 2-days workshop "Identifying gaps in emergency sanitation - Design of new kits to increase effectiveness in emergencies" took place in Stoutenburg, the Netherlands from 22-23 Feb 2011.

As a response to insufficient sanitation solutions deployed in the emergency situations, emergency and sanitation practitioners from different key organisations came together in Stoutenburg to discuss on how to improve gaps in technologies for the immediate emergency phase, to understand more about product design process and to organise the way forward.
ecosan workshop in Ugunja and Nairobi, Kenya, 21-24, 27 September 2010

Two ecosan workshops in Kenya, "ecosan Capacity Development Workshop" in Ugunja and "ecosan Vision workshop" in Nairobi, were organised and financed by the GTZ Program on sustainable sanitation - ecosan and the facilitating consultants Laura Kraft (freelance), Martin Wafler, Johannes Heeb (both seecon gmbh, Switzerland) and Ms. Pradnya Thakur (Ecosan Services Foundation, India). The main aim was to bring together sanitation and ecosan experts from various sectors, to interlink and capacity build them and to set a forum for open discussion on the future development of ecosan in Kenya. Contact persons for further information are: Christian Rieck ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Martin Wafler ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Ms. Pradnya Thakur ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Patrick Onyango ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


SuSan workshop, Mtwara, Tanzania, 6 - 8 Sept. 2010
The workshop aimed at capacity building for the Water Supply and Sanitation
Authorities (WSSA) from seven towns in Tanzania which participate in the program called „Seven Towns Upgrading Program“ financed by the EU water facility and KfW (grant financed) . This program is contracted out by the Tanzanian Ministry of Finance and managed by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. It covers feasibility studies and detailed tender and design documents. In order to build capacity within the water supply and sanitation authorities, the concept of sustainable sanitation was introduced to the managing directors of the WSSAs in this workshop.

The workshop was jointly organised by MTWASA (Water and sanitation authority of Mtwara), GTZ and DED in Tanzania. Contact persons for further information are: Hajo Schaefer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Nangula Heita Mwamampa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

NASS-Tage, Neuartige Sanitärsysteme, Weimar/Germany, 3-4 March 2010
Since decades conventional wastewater treatment systems guarantee hygiene and environmental protection in Germany. However it was found that these systems are not easily adaptable to changing needs in relationship with effective climate and resource protection. A change of paradigm from end-of-pipe solutions to resource-oriented wastewater systems is required.
Phosphorus Shortage: European challenges, Brussels/Belgium, 4 March 2010
The threatening shortage of phosphorus – a key component of fertilisers – is crucial for the world’s food supplies. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all plants and animals. It is also one of the three key components (together with nitrogen and potassium) of fertilisers, and therefore crucial for the world’s food supply system. Phosphorus shortage will be one of the most pressing problems of the coming years. Global supply is limited and concentrated in just a few countries. Demand is increasing rapidly. Since there is not yet an alternative for phosphorus, innovative strategies are needed to ensure its availability. Bas Eickhout and Lena Ek (both members of the European Parliament) and the Nutrient Flow Task Group (NFTG) intended this Mini Seminar to accelerate the search for solutions and help develop opportunities created by the phosphorus crisis.
Semizentrales und dezentrales Abwassermanagement, Bonn/Germany, 10 March 2010
The language of this event was German.
Die Veranstaltung soll die auf dem Sektorgespräch "Sanitärversorgung" am 12. Dezember 2008 im BMZ initiierten Diskussionen vertiefen helfen und insbesondere verstärkte Aufmerksamkeit auf die Bereiche semizentrales und dezentrales Abwassermanagement lenken. Hierbei soll Stand der Technik sowie neuere Entwicklungen in beiden Bereichen fokussiert auf den nationalen Bereichen dargestellt und in ihren kurz-, mittel- und langfristigen Auswirkungen auf die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit diskutiert werden.
3rd International Dry Toilet Conference, Tampere/Finland, 12-15 August 2009

The 3rd International Dry Toilet Conference was held in Tampere, Finland, on 12-15 August 2009 and was organised by the Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland in cooperation with
Tampere University of Technology, University of Tampere and Tampere University for Applied
Sciences.184 delegates from 47 countries gathered together to discuss various aspects of dry/ecological sanitation.The main theme of the conference has been the evaluation of achievements in sanitation after the International year of Sanitation and the influence of dry toilets to help to reach the Millennium Development Goals. Special focus was given to health aspects related to dry sanitation.
November 2009 - SuSanA Special Seminar in Johannesburg, Nov 8th, 2009

Special seminar:
Organisational co-learning for upscaling sustainable sanitation in Sub-Sahara Africa

Johannesburg • Nov 8th, 2009 (Sunday)

A special seminar hosted by WRC, GTZ and SEI to showcase latest experiences, trends and challenges for up-scaling sustainable sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to share experiences and to discuss messages to the African Water Week in general, and the sanitation event on Tuesday in particular (“Closing the sanitation gap”, by WSP).

NETSSAF Int. Conference Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso, 24 - 27 September 2008
The International Conference titled "Pathways towards Sustainable Sanitation in Africa" constitutes the most relevant event held under the project NETSSAF "Network for the development of Sustainable Sanitation in Africa", a Coordination Action supported by the European Union under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). A well prepared team organised this event successfully which was celebrated in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from the 24th to the 27th of September of 2008.
IWA World Water Congress, Vienna/Austria, 07 - 12 September 2008
Report on SuSanA activities@IWA conference Vienna, Sept. 2008 The 6. IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition took place from 7.-12. September 2008 at the Austria Centre in Vienna. It brought together about 4.500 international water / wastewater professionals and visitors, who discussed the latest developments in sustainable water and wastewater management and offered the possibility to exchange knowledge.
Seminar on food security on World Water Week, Sunday 17 August 2008

Improve Food Security – Combine Productive Sanitation, Conservation Agriculture and Water Harvesting (Sunday 17 August - Afternoon Seminar)

Content taken from the World Water Week website

Convenors: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertifi cation (UNCCD) and Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
Sustainable Sanitation and Groundwater, Hannover/Germany, 14 - 17 October 2008
From 14-17 October 2008, the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) convened the international symposium on “Coupling Sustainable Sanitation and Groundwater Protection” in Hannover, Germany, in order to highlight the immense problems of groundwater pollution due to absent or inadequate sanitation facilities in developing countries. Together with international co-convenors (BMZ, UNEP and WHO) and supporting organizations (BORDA, DED, DWA, GTZ, IAH, KfW and TTZ), BGR offered this symposium as the first event dealing with both topics. About 130 participants from more than 30 countries discussed the links between sustainable sanitation and groundwater protection. A comprehensive poster exhibition covered a vast variety of lessons learnt, mainly from developing countries. The symposium was one of the activities of BGR realized within the framework of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.
Sanitation challenge in Wageningen/Netherlands, 19 - 21 May 2008
The conference was deliberately aimed to create a dialogue between civil, process, agricultural and environmental engineers; urban planners, sociologists, economists, and political scientists who are involved in international sanitation research and implementation. Furthermore, this conference tried to bridge the gap between sanitation research and demonstration in the ‘North’ and in the ‘South’. Among others, the conference wanted to be a platform to present the findings of the ‘Decentralized Sanitation and Reuse’ (DESAR) project  performed in the Netherlands from 2001-2007, financed by EET  and STOWA and those of a sanitation and urban infrastructure research project in East Africa (PROVIDE).
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