Course on non-sewered sanitation

Unity Knowledge LLP │ India

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The Indian Government and development agencies/partners have contributed to the implementation of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ initiative and have increased sanitation coverage from 1% in 1981 to 47% in 2011. However, efforts to properly manage faecal sludge from non-sewered sanitation facilities barely exist or are often very limited. There is a great need for proper faecal sludge management as improper transport and disposal practices are posing a major threat to human health and the environment. One of the major reasons for this challenge is the lack of educated and skilled personnel in this sector and this profession. In order to overcome this challenge, we plan to implement several activities to help educate and train the relevant stakeholders. We plan to run (i) a 2-day short course in non-sewered sanitation and will start with ‘Faecal sludge management- sustainable solutions for developing countries’, (ii) a 3-month online course and (iii) self-paced massive open online courses (MOOCs). These activities are targeted at government officials, professionals from NGOs working in the field of sanitation, academics and civil/environmental engineering students. In addition, we plan to translate two important books (i) Faecal sludge management – Systems approach for implementation and operation and (ii) Experimental methods in wastewater treatment into three Indian languages (Hindi, Tamil and Marathi). As a result at least 200 professionals will gain enhanced knowledge on FSM, which will enable them to design and implement sustainable solutions that will ultimately benefit a large population, particularly those residing in rural and peri-urban areas. The translated books will enhance the knowledge of professionals less proficient in the English language who are directly working with the local communities.


Shirish Singh, PhD

Coordinator IHE Delft