Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Leadership Capacity Development on Non-Sewered Sanitation and Fecal Sludge Management
More than 1.5 billion people in developing Asian countries lack access to improved sanitation, and around 80% of wastewater is discharged untreated. Without evidence-based information and adequate leadership capacity, national and local policy makers are unable to develop suitable sanitation and implement programs in urban and rural areas. In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Capacity building and training (CBT) programs will create a platform for non-sewered sanitation and fecal sludge management to make cities more livable and to promote urban development. CBT programs and the BMGF will support sustainable and innovative water and sanitation solutions in developing member countries (DMCs), using a variety of methodologies, including evidence-based case studies; effective teaching and learning methods; high-level policy dialogues; seminars; research; and field visits by DMC government officials, experts, and private sector professionals.
Leadership Capacity-Building Program for Public–Private Partnerships in Fecal Sludge ManagementThe three-day leadership capacity development program at Chennai will train government officials, students, and experts to serve as changemakers and pioneers for social innovation in fecal sludge management.
Development Partner Roundtable and Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Sanitation in AsiaThree-day capacity development program in Tokyo to gather lessons on what works, what doesn’t work, and why in sustainable sanitation.
Lecture Seminar on a Vision for Accelerating Access to SanitationLecture seminar on ways to accelerate access to sanitation through various avenues.
Leadership Capacity-Building Program for Sustainable and Improved Sanitation Strategies for Policy MakersThree-day capacity development program in Singapore to develop leadership, planning, and implementation skills of government officials to tackle issues in sanitation at local and regional levels.
Multimedia Webinar: Scaling Up Solutions for Non-Sewered Sanitation and Fecal Sludge Management: Learning from Asia’s Sanitation LeadersWebinar to acquaint viewers with scalable solutions to implement NSS and FSM.
Economic Spillover Effects from Two Fecal Sludge Management Programs in the PhilippinesSeminar to promote discussion among economists and sanitation experts to understand the spillover effects from fecal sludge management programs.
Quantifying the Economic Spillover Effect for Citywide Fecal Sludge Management ProgramsDeveloping countries throughout Asia have made impressive gains in sanitation improvement through efforts to reduce open defecation and improve toilet coverage, and hygienic citywide fecal sludge management programs have become critical.
Institutional Mechanisms for Sustainable Sanitation: Learning from Successful Case StudiesPolicy makers should focus on improving access to safely managed wastewater management services.
In both respects, sanitation is deeply embedded. Grids of sewer pipes have been fixed into the surface of cities in the developed world for more than a century, and it has become a strong and important part of most policy makers’ belief that this is how to provide sanitation.
National and local governments in Asia are facing significant challenges to effectively deliver access to sanitation, as well as to properly collect, transport, dispose of, and treat fecal sludge.
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and, more importantly, the citizens of India have acknowledged that the country is undergoing the “worst water crisis” in its history—and they are making commendable efforts to address it.
Leh, a high-altitude cold desert in India, is a popular tourist destination hosting around 250,000 visitors annually. At present, the poorly designed septic tanks and soak pits installed by households, hotels, and guesthouses to contain fecal sludge are posing a serious threat to groundwater contamination.
The City Development Initiative for Asia, the Asian Development Bank, other multilateral agencies, and national governments are funding sewerage systems for medium and large cities throughout Asia.
In 2014, when I first moved to the Republic of Korea from India, I was impressed and awestruck by the country’s infrastructure and ease of mobility. Being an architect, the aspect I found most endearing of the city-wide master planning was the access and provision of toilets almost everywhere, be it at metro train stations, bus terminals, shopping plazas, parks, or even on mountain hikes.
Developing countries in Asia face great challenges in fecal sludge management (FSM). Yet, governments hesitate to invest in it because user charges are not enough to recover costs. This video shows the benefits of improving city-wide FSM in Dumaguete, Philippines.
Webinar to acquaint viewers with scalable solutions to implement Non-Sewered Sanitation and Fecal Sludge Management.
Providing total and improved sanitation services is a challenge across Asia, as population growth—up 5.7% on average in the past two decades—overwhelms existing infrastructure and outpaces planning.