Planning Affordable, Inclusive Urban Sanitation Solutions

You’re in charge of improving the sanitation situation in your city, in a low-income neighborhood. Where do you even start? Sanitation in cities worldwide is so critical to people’s health and well-being, especially for the poorest and marginalized populations.

On October 17, EAWAG-SANDEC, in collaboration with École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program, the Open Learning Campus and the World Health Organization are launching the course, "Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies" in English and French. To reach diverse audiences across regions, subtitles will be offered in English, Spanish and Hindi.

Water sanitation in India. Curt Carnemark, World Bank.

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will look at the whole sanitation chain, with topics to cover:

•  Citywide sanitation planning and systems approach, with key terminology and concepts
•  Case studies, diagnostic tools and planning frameworks in urban sanitation solutions, and for specific contexts, such as informal settlements
•  Recent developments in urban sanitation, such as institutional and financial arrangements, behavior change, sanitation safety planning, and fecal waste flow

Learners will also learn how best to use The Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies, the most popular technical compilation in the sanitation sector. The Compendium is reviewed and explained by its main authors in the course.

Dam toilets and brick making in Lesotho. John Hogg, World Bank.

The Open Learning Campus supported content development and facilitation for the course. The course is one of the Campus’ many learning offerings on general sanitation and urban issues, to provide dynamic educational opportunities in these areas for more effective development.

The course is one of four in the series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development.” EAWAG-SANDEC and EPFL jointly developed these MOOCs with the Open Learning Campus and sanitation experts from the World Bank and World Health Organization to promote systems thinking for urban environmental sanitation. The partners are all dedicated to building the capacity of those involved in urban sanitation policy, technologies and innovations.

Learners can sign up at any time to join a course session through Coursera, for the English version or French version. The MOOC will be formally launched on October 17. SANDEC will then be running the MOOC on a regular basis at three month intervals.

Related links

•   Open Learning Campus Related Sanitation Offerings
•   Open Learning Campus Related Urban Offerings
•   YouTube Channel with Trailer for Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems Course
•   EAWAG Course Series Home Page
•   Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries Course