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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Leadership Capacity Development on Non-Sewered Sanitation and Fecal Sludge Management

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.

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. 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.


24 March 2020 Improve handwashing access to combat COVID-19 - Asia Pathways

Medical experts and institutions tell us that a critical but simple lifesaving action to reduce vulnerability to COVID-19 is literally in our own hands—regular handwashing with soap. Public awareness efforts underscore the need for greater behavioral compliance.

31 August 2018 The sanitation economy: Digging for treasure - Asia Pathways

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.

14 August 2018 Evidence-based capacity building can inspire policy makers to accelerate sanitation interventions in Asia - Asia Pathways

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.

14 August 2018 Composite Water Management Index: A pathway to solve the water crisis in India - Asia Pathways

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.

14 August 2018 “Commitment” as a success factor for fecal sludge management - Asia Pathways

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.

14 March 2018 Minimizing the Cost of Fecal Sludge Management through Co-Treatment - Asia Pathways

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.

19 January 2018 What can countries in Asia learn from the Republic of Korea and Malaysia about sanitation and its economic impacts? - Asia Pathways

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.

7 May 2020 ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Renewed Sanitation Partnership Explained

An overview of ADBI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s new three-year partnership agreement to support further enhancements in urban sanitation and human waste management in Asia and the Pacific.

26 September 2018 Spillover Effects from Fecal Sludge Management: Dumaguete City

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.

31 May 2018 Multimedia Webinar: Scaling Up Solutions for Non-Sewered Sanitation and Fecal Sludge Management

Webinar to acquaint viewers with scalable solutions to implement Non-Sewered Sanitation and Fecal Sludge Management.

9 April 2020 Improving handwashing access is vital to combating COVID-19 - Asia's Developing Future

The novel coronavirus continues to test health systems and economies worldwide. In this podcast, ADBI’s KE Seetha Ram discusses barriers to a simple life saving action to reduce exposure to COVID-19 – handwashing – and how efforts to further strengthen sanitation management can help communities in developing Asia and the Pacific thrive again.

15 February 2018 Better sanitation systems lead to economic growth - Asia's Developing Future

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.