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World Water Day 2014 - Call for a Post-2015 Global Goal for Water 20.03.2014

Joint declaration of the Swiss Water Partnership and SDC on World Water Day 2014 (June 22nd) to manage water sustainably.

The sustainable management of our precious water resources is a major challenge for the 21st century. The Global Risk Report 2014 from the World Economic Forum ranks water as the third largest risk for a global crisis. Water is central for energy, food security and public health. Water insecurity can cause social and political instability at large scale and has thus significant impact on global security and peace. Therefore Switzerland, the Swiss Water Partnership and its members including Skat engage themselves for a dedicated water goal in the post-2015 development agenda.

Meeting the Challenge of WASH in Health Facilities 08.11.2013

Outcomes of the 29th AGUASAN Workshop (2013) published now.

Health facilities face very specific WASH-related challenges (e.g. accumulation of people with contagious diseases, disabled users of sanitation facilities) but also bear a very powerful potential in its function as a role model for the dissemination of hygiene practices within the community. The workshop identified several important fields of action such as a comprehensive assessment of the current situation prior to any intervention or the selection of context-specific infrastructure. The development of a holistic management plan (financial, technical, environmental, institutional, social), be it for the health facility itself or on governmental level and the involvement of trained and motivated people needs to be part of every project related to WASH in health facilities.

The results of the workshop are available at www.aguasan.ch.

WASHTech video online 31.10.2013

View WASHTech video "Supporting The Vision Of Sustainable WASH Services" on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5eUWuRYufk&feature=youtu.be


Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) now available 27.09.2013

Skat News - September 2013 27.09.2013

Newsletter of Skat - Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development

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Skat News - September 2013

Swiss Websites for the IYWC 2013 launched 28.02.2013

International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC) 2013

Briefing Note: Financial Sustainability of WASH Services 19.12.2012

Outcomes of the 28th AGUASAN Workshop, 18 to 22 June, 2012.

The framework outlined during the workshop and described in the briefing note understands itself as a contribution to the shift in emphasis we need to make, from expanding the coverage of services to delivering services that are sustained into the future. It is applicable in a broad range of WASH contexts (drinking-water and sanitation services, at system, utility or areal level) by a large audience (practitioners, utility managers, policy makers, researchers, etc.) at situation analysis, strategy development, budgeting, implementation, monitoring & evaluation as well as lobbying/advocacy stages of sector endeavors. It links to existing instruments for assessing more in-depth the key elements of financial sustainability and for designing as well as implementing the appropriate answers.

The briefing note is available at here.

All AGUASAN Workshop reports can be downloaded or ordered in the publications section.

Collaboration with ZH2O 17.12.2012

Skat Foundation and the Swiss Foundation ZH20 have agreed on a long term collaboration in the field of accelerating Self Supply.

With the support of ZH2O / drink&donate Skat will develop and accelerate Self Supply to further enable rural households and communities to improve their water supplies themselves and to generate incomes. In 2012/2013 Skat and the Tanzania based organisation SHIPO will provide training to local masons and drillers in the construction of wells and hand pumps, in marketing and business development and a will do a follow up.

http://www.zh2o.ch/wasser

AGUASAN Workshop 28 (2012) 24.07.2012

Financial Sustainability of WASH Services - about Mindset Change and an Eye for the Future

43 water & sanitation practitioners and wider development specialists from both humanitarian aid and development cooperation gathered in Gwatt, Switzerland from 18 to 22 June, 2012 within the framework of the 28th AGUASAN Workshop. This year’s event was dedicated to the issue of achieving long-term financial sustainability of rural and small town WASH services. Presentations from resource persons, plenary discussions, group work on topic cases, crash course on the life-cycle cost approach, individual sustainability clinics and an excursion into the Swiss context supported the exchange and learning process as well as the development of new ideas. At the end of the workshop, different results could be highlighted: learning for the participants, peer assisted cases and clinics presenters as well as an outline of a framework for a successful approach to financial sustainability of WASH services. Within this framework, six key conducive elements were underlined: appropriate sector governance, comprehensive cost analysis, financially viable and socially equitable services, a solution suitable to the context, organizational capacity of relevant actors as well as ownership and commitment.

For further information, please see http://www.aguasan.ch or contact roger.schmid@skat.ch.

Skat News - April 2012 05.04.2012

Newsletter of Skat - Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development

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Skat News - April 2012