Online Course on Governance of Decentralized Sanitation

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to analyse policy and management challenges of decentralized (peri-)urban sanitation services, and to select and apply instruments and management approaches to address these challenges.

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For whom?

  • Mid-career professionals involved in planning, management, decision-making, policy formulation, implementation, and operation and maintenance of sanitation services in slum areas
  • Academics engaged in development studies and in the field of governance of WASH services

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 02 September 2019
End: 10 January 2020
Deadline IHE application: 01 September 2019 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 896

Start: 07 September 2020
End: 15 January 2021
Deadline IHE application: 06 September 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 1035

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Understand/Recognize the links between water allocation and sanitation in urban areas, changes in policy, climate, variability and sanitation management; analyze institutional and technological changes; understand the role of public administration, donor

Course content

The course is composed of three parts:

  • Theories and concepts: planning and policy perspectives on cities in the Global South
  • Case studies: understanding institutional and technical challenges of service delivery in slums
  • Tools and approaches: practical methods and tools for city sanitation planning.

The first part provides participants with an overview of the urban sanitation challenge and situates the discussion within a broader framework of urbanization processes. It focuses on key concept and theories that contribute to explain urban developments in the city in the Global South, rural-urban links, and the implications of these developments on delivery of decentralized sanitation. Participants will be exposed to theories from urban planning, economics, and critical and policy literature on small scale sanitation provision modalities and development studies.

The second part focuses on case studies and provides a framework to discuss issues of sanitation planning in cities by focusing on institutions, cost-recovery, budget support to local governments and technologies.

The third part introduces participants to practical tools that can be applied to analyse and address challenges they face in their work environment. Participants will be exposed to state of the art experience with regard to benchmarking, participatory approaches, and strategic planning for sanitation delivery in cities.

Course Rationale

50% of the world population lives in urban areas (UN, 2008). Most of this growth occurs in slums and informal settlements. It is estimated that slum areas encompass approximately 70% of the urban population (UN-Habitat, 2010). The trends indicate that future urban development will mostly occur in these areas. In Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa "slums are virtually synonymous with urbanization" (UN-HABITAT, 2007:22).

Policy makers, municipalities and local authorities face the challenge of providing sanitation services to the growing urban population. A greater part of the present 30% s MDG's gap is as a result of the low basic sanitation coverage in urban slums (WHO/UNICEF, 2008).


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