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JMP 2010

New JMP report

The JMP publishes every two years a report on the status and progress towards the MDG target on sanitation and drinking-water. The latest JMP report, published in March 2010, confirms that advances continue to be made towards greater access to safe drinking-water. Progress in relation to access to basic sanitation is however insufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target.

The data in this report showed that the world is not on track to meet the MDG sanitation target: 2.6 billion people still lack access to improved sanitation, including 1.1 billion who practice open defecation. The world is on track to meet the MDG drinking-water target. However, 883 million people do not use an improved source of drinking-water.

The report can be downloaded here
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SPLASH launches a research call

SPLASH is the name of European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) on water research for development. It is a consortium of 16 ministries, funding agencies and national research and technological development authorities from 11 European countries. As one of its activities, SPLASH has launched a research call on 1st March, 2010. The overall call budget will be at least 1.9 Mio Euro. The major objective of the SPLASH research call is to contribute to the understanding and implementation at scale of sustainable sanitation service chains in low-income urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each research consortium applying in the call must consist of a minimum of 3 independent legal entities. At least 2 consortium partners must be from one or more African countries and at least 1 consortium partner must be from an European country.

More information can be found under http://splash-era.net/sanitation-call/index.php  

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Governance in Urban Sanitation e-learning course (UNITAR)

The Local Development Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is launching the 4th session of its proven e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation.

The course, which will run from 12 April to 18 June 2010, aims to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make the most enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. It provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.

The course is open to decision-makers from local governments as well as representatives of service providers (national governments, private sector, NGOs) and international organizations involved in the sanitation sector worldwide. It is advisable to have prior basic knowledge of urban sanitation and/or urban environmental issues.

More information can be found under http://www.unitar.org/event/e-sanitation

Financing on-site sanitation

New publication on Financing On-Site Sanitation for the Poor

This study aims to improve understanding of the finance of on-site household sanitation through careful analysis of practical field experience in a wide range of projects. The study reviews on-site sanitation financing in six carefully selected case studies by examining: The financing sources and the financing approaches: What share is paid by each source, and how? and what public funding mechanisms are used, including hardware subsidies, software support, or facilitated access to credit? In addition to summarizing the mechanics of each approach, all case studies were reviewed in terms of common evaluation criteria: Impact on sustainable access to services; Costs; Effectiveness in the use of public funds; Poverty targeting; Financial sustainability; and Scalability. The case studies were selected to reflect a range of household sanitation financing approaches and contexts; the chosen projects were located in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Maharashtra (India), Mozambique, Senegal and Vietnam. The Sanitation and Hygiene Global Practice Team of the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) initially conceptualized this study to offer better guidance to sector professionals developing on-site sanitation projects and programs.

The report can be downloaded here

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Human rights to access to safe drinking water and sanitation

The Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation is preparing a compendium of good practices related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation. A Good practices questionnaire has been developed. In order to enable the Independent Expert to consider submissions for discussion in the stakeholder consultations foreseen in 2010 and 2011, all stakeholders are encouraged to submit the answers to the questionnaire at their earliest convenience and no later than 30th of June 2010.

More information and the questionnaires can be found under http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/water/Iexpert/good_practices.htm