SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:37:54 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: dorothee.spuhler
Thanks for your comments and feedback!
A few questions and comments back

1) Professional development plans / mentorship schemes
The mentorship schemes was just an idea - we were use that in cewas. I am not sure what you mean with templates? Should that be documents that potential mentors use as a guideline how to mentor?

2) Monitoring / measuring capacity development
Measuring capacity development outcomes (in long term) is a very difficult tasks which is hardly undertaken (also because of a lack of appropriate funding schemes for such activities - they are at a first view quite unsexy). IWA and CAWST have some experience and Sterenn might want to say a few words more on that. We just suggested some methods that could be used and I just thought of one more: Qualitative Comparitive Analysis (QCA) could also be applied.... Maybe we could start with a some student studies (e.g. Master thesis etc.) to look at the applicability of such methods to monitoring capacity development by case study assessment?

3) Research idea questions for students
Great idea: we are thinking of a revamp of the capacity development section and this could be easily implemented. We will invite WG members to help us for the design of the section and please remember us of that idea!

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:32:09 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: MRonteltap
I read the paper with great interest, and put some feedback as comments and corrections in the paper.

A few things:
"Regarding this, the use of professional development plans and mentorship schemes could be valuable. To promote motivation, certificates are a necessary tool of recognition."
I really like this idea! Can we think of providing a template of the development plans and mentorship schemes on

On the same page it says: The overall results of educational training can be measured and observed through changes in the project outcomes. That's also a nice idea, but how can this ever be practically applied? It will be hard to distinguish between project outcomes with and without an educational component, I think?

And one last thing I mentioned some time ago: it would be nice to include like a database of sustainable sanitation research questions, divided by lab / desk study; duration; bachelor or master level, something like that. I think that can in general help boost the thinking of research questions in this field.]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:09:05 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: DennisW
I like the position paper, although I agree with Krishan that at some points this needs to be filled with detail and life. But therefore, it is a position paper.

I specifically like and agree to the aspects of
- Engaging young people
- Tailoring programs to the local context and the needs of benificiaries
- Importance of assessing the effectiveness of implemented trainings

I see an urgent need to work with local vocational training authorities. The aspect of certifying courses is mentioned, but it is not really made clear who certifies and what is it actually that is certified.
Therefore, I see the necessity that sector players engage with aforementioned local authorities with the aim of establishing training institutions.

BORDA Africa started to develop a Biogas Curriculum in the last year which is intended to be a training program for biogas plant construction, operations and maintenance. In a later stage the curriculum is to be extended to other DEWATS modules.
A training structure, comprising of different modules, chapters and lessons was developed and theoretical and practical sessions for each lesson were developed.
3 different try out trainings were conducted in Lesotho, Tanzania and Zambia. Additionally, final training exams were developed and conducted. Participants had a veriety of educational and professional backgrounds ranging from commercial biogas end user, system care taker, system administrator, bricklayer, masons to technicians.
Unfortunately, it was not possible to try out the entire construction phase at this stage.

Following were the key lessons learned:
- The practical hands-on sessions gave the participants a way better understanding and insight in the taught topics.
- The training content has to be tailored not only to the local context, but also to the educational and professional level of the participants. Here, a balance needs to be striked to still use appropriate terms and expressions, but using a language that trainees of all levels are able to understand. Tailoring the content to different levels requires different course levels and certification levels (e.g. caretaker, bricklayer, mason, technician), which also requires additional work for the trainers and training developers.
- The trainers need to be trained in how to conduct a training and how to use most appropriate methods to teach a lesson.
- The final exams can be used to assess the understanding, but it has to be assured that the content is put into regular practice to prevent that participants forget it after time. Furthermore, it has to be assured that participants do not struggle to pass the test purely because of language barriers. Therefor oral exams can be offered.

Looking forward to fruitful outcomes and collaborations on this ambitious topic.

WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:16:36 +0000
Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: dorothee.spuhler
Thank you for the quick reaction on the position paper.
Your questions are very relevant and we tried to address those in the position paper that resulted from the workshop. Please have a look here:

Regarding your last question on how to access all knowledge products in an easy way: we think that there is non one solution neither, but that different groups of people have different needs on how to access material or support tools. But definitely, the internet and the new formats of e-Learning coming up are a good way to largely disseminate open-source information in a user friendly format.
We are currently also planning to make a survey among WG1 members to get more information on who is doing what and we hope to get some support for this from the secretariat. The aim is to:
(1) Establish a Cap Dev section on the webpage were different capacity resources can be easily access
(2) Identify gaps in the capacity development activities and start thinking about how to fill those.

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:49:25 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: dorothee.spuhler
Thanks for your reaction.
We tried to address the different levels and their specific needs several places in the paper. But maybe this was not explicitly enough? Could you make specific suggestions in the word doc how to modify the section "capacity at scale"?]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:46:11 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: dorothee.spuhler Thanks for your reaction.

We are currently planning to make a survey among WG1 members to get more information on who is doing what and we hope to get some support for this from the secretariat. The aim is to:
(1) Establish a Cap Dev section on the webpage were different capacity resources can be easily access
(2) Identify gaps in the capacity development activities and start thinking about how to fill those.

To translate a set of key document is a good idea. Which documents are you thinking of and how could they be translated (e.g. should we just ask the secretariat to make a quick version with google translate and then send it around for corrections/comments?).

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:43:52 +0000
New Co-Lead of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development - by: sterennphilippe
I’m excited to be the new co-lead of working group 1. I look forward to supporting Dorothee Spuhler in achieving our group’s objectives and working with the members of the group. Capacity development is critical for scaling up sanitation!

About myself: I’ve been with CAWST for over 2 years working as an Education Program Developer focused on sanitation. I’ve been leading the development of our sanitation materials, which includes our latrine design and construction workshop and more recently our co-developed workshop on fecal sludge management with SANDEC. I also work with clients to improve or develop their training materials. This past year, I’ve worked a lot with NIUA in India, to design and implement a Sanitation Capacity Building Platform (SCBP).

I have a MSc Water and Environmental Management from WEDC, Loughborough University and a BSc in Environmental Sciences focused on water resources from the University of Southampton. Before joining CAWST, I worked as a water consultant in French Guiana where I worked on WASH projects with both isolated communities and local government.

But most importantly, I’m really passionate about sanitation and capacity building!

Hope to meet you soon,

WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:43:18 +0000
Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: sujaya Some points that I think we need to have more understanding and clarification:
- For whom are the capacity building interventions – what are the different levels? How can the interventions/products be customised for different needs?
- How can we create learning processes for “Just in Time” needs (since city governments do not have the bandwidth, as they are perpetually in a fire-fighting mode)
- How different is it for different countries?
- How can an user access all knowledge products in an easy way? ( how can we design the platform for greater user accessibility)
CSTEP has a ready reckoner for Sanitation Tools. This is just a start and we plan to update with some more tools that we came across recently.
Sharing the current version (although shared in Susana earlier too).
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:29:28 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: wasifbashir15 I would like to highlight the importance of the youth engagement in development agenda from policy to implementation since grass root, national, regional and international level.
I am pleased to share with you all that during Stockholm World Water Week 2016, i was on boarded as a youth speaker by Honorable Dorothee Spuhler in the session of SuSanA WG1-Capacity building. I had attached a detail report of my participation while representing Pakistan Youth Parliament for Water in the SWWW2016. Please have a look on attached file , might be helpful for you.
We also organized a big youth event on the eve of 68th World Human Right entitle World Youth Summit for Peace addressing to the Human right to Water and Sanitation. In this summit We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Women for Water Partnership and Earth for Ever Foundation Bulgaria (Pic attached). I was awarded with Award of Excellence by the Former Prime MINISTER OF Tunisa (Pic attached).
Being a Young WASH & Climate Change professional, i would like to continue my sincere efforts for the achieving of SDG6-13 inclusively in Pakistan , South Asia and Asia Pacific Region.
I hope to be part of 4FSM and will meet some of you there personally.
Have a blessed day ahead and love from Pakistan.
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WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:42:36 +0000
Re: What are the objectives of SuSanA Working Group 1 on Capacity Development? - by: dorothee.spuhler
Thank you for all the comments and feedbacks.
Based on those and some discussions with key members and my ***new co-lead Sterenn Philipps from CAWST** (yes I’ve got a co-lead now which is also great news we have formulated some updated working group objectives in view of the upcoming challenges and opportunities with agenda 2030. Please have a look at them and provide us your comments. We are planning to requisition specific support from the secretariat through the new gates project mainly for objectives one and two where among other we plan a new space on the SuSanA webpage including a database on existing capacity development resources, information on capacity development activities and trainings, as well as a sanitation capacity development actors database. To fill in this space, we plan a survey among all members – so you will hear from us again once we are ready.

Kind regards Dorothee

PS: Sterenn will soon introduce herself on the forum and say a few words about her experiences and her expectations for her new role.

WG1 Objectives 2016 and ahead

Suggested aim:
Create a global network to accelerate and strategically influence capacity development to scale up sustainable sanitation.

Suggested objectives:

Knowledge management and sharing - compile and share resources that contribute to capacity development in sanitation on the SuSanA website. This includes training material, online curricula, trainer manuals, e-learning courses.

Communication - compile and share information on capacity development activities on the SuSanA webpage and forum. This includes training programs, courses, mentorships and student research projects.

Coordination - provide a space to connect members and partners as well as anyone interested in capacity development. This includes providing a platform for members to coordinate their activities on the SuSanA forum or during SuSanA meetings

Learning Exchange - organize webinars and meetings with WG1 members and partners to exchange experiences and discuss specific topics related to capacity development.

Research - analyse and map the gaps in capacity development resources and activities to highlight the needs and demands of the sanitation sector.

Advocacy – as a credible, well-recognized organization play a role in raising awareness of the huge need for capacity building in sanitation. This includes the compilation of position papers and factsheets.]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:22:29 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: Decentral
I find the position paper well formulated and very ambitious, which is good
I like most the initiative to offer free courses and other support materials on-line and do not mind contributing. Free on-line materials could help a lot the local educational institutions and lecturers/instructors, so that they could choose the most suitable one to use.
The collection of information regarding the need assessment will be a serious task, lets hope you will manage it successfully. Even more difficult will be the assessment of the results of the educational activities In many cases the operation of sanitation facility might fail not due to lack of training but because people do not like to work in such conditions, or low payment, etc. So may be in this direction you have to think how to educate managers and politicians This is just a warning , but no suggestion to change.
I could make a suggestion regarding the section of “capacity at scale” – may be it will be better to elaborate on the different types and levels of education, which you envisage to provide, locally or internationally, for example: at University level, at technical staff level, the general public, etc. Based on my experience, it is necessary to inform/educate all stakeholders involved in the sanitation projects regarding basic principles of the technical aspects, so that they could have a general idea what they will be implementing. It is often the case that people enthusiastically engage in this type of projects and have high expectations without knowing the difficulties they will meet.

Wishing you success,
Roumiana Hranova]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:21:25 +0000
Re: SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: JKMakowka
What can be done more practically and also how can the member organizations be engaged to contribute more pro-actively?

I would have also like to see some more efforts to break out of the English language bubble. Maybe a set of key documents could be put into a translator tool to crowd-source multiple language versions? There are some open source tools to make the entry level very low for such translations.

For vocational training I would have also liked to see some more details. For example Susana could help creating a standard curiculum and hands-on guidebook (in multiple languages) for training on-site sanitation construction workers / entrepreneurs?]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:13:09 +0000
SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: dorothee.spuhler
Based on the workshop on “Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda” during the WG1 meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016 (see here) we have put together a position paper highlighting how SuSanA and the Working Group 1 on Capacity Development can strategically accelerate capacity development in order to contribute to the Agenda 20030 for sustainable development.

Ia m happy and proud to present you today the final draft of the paper for comments. Find enclosed the word doc and the pdf.
In this paper, we try to answer following questions and give some indications how WG1 could specifically contribute:
  • How can we assess capacity gaps/needs?
  • How can we build capacity at scale while maintaining quality?
  • How can we shape capacity building effectively?
  • How can we measure the impact and effectiveness of training?


Dorothee, Millie, Daniel, and Annkathrin]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:59:05 +0000
Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: millieadam How can we build capacity at the scale needed while maintaining quality?
Summary of discussion on this topic at the WEDC Conference in Ghana (July 2016):
Stakeholder engagement was recognised as a core element but narrowing the wide range of stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, funders, donors, ministries, business) down to the important/ influential actors was harder. The need to know their knowledge gaps, priorities and plans was highlighted. Training providers are key players.
Issues (such as funding and career paths) and capacity building options (such as MOOCS, custom courses, using existing institutions) were identified but no real strategy emerged.
The focus on quality made it clear that critical decision-making related to context is important. Interestingly, the rationale for this was agreed but no solution was identified.

Do you agree:

What would you add:
(We want to add clarity to the question- we want to define "quality" as being cap building that meets the needs of the end users)
- Tailoring capacity building programs to the local context is key to scaling up
- Capacity building must include not only technical skills, but non-technical as well- including community engagement best practices, financing, demand creation, etc, to allow for scale-up of technology implementation

How to turn these ideas into action:
- Tracking recipients of training programs and mapping them
- Supporting earlier-career vocational training and mentoring programs to get professionals into the sector early while filling the growing need
- Education programs that include a practical implementation project, to both build capacity and fill need at the same time

What is SuSanA's role?
- As a sharer of best practices in scaling up
- As a sharer of challenges/failures in scaling up
- As a connector of complementary groups

** Please note: for the group who worked on this topic in the working groups meeting in Stockholm, we had a technical problem posting your discussion. We have tried to capture the main points of your discussion here, but if we have missed anything, please reply to this post and add what's missing.**]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:15:09 +0000
Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: millieadam Summary of discussion on this topic at the WEDC Conference in Ghana (July 2016):
This group had three main answers to the question on making Capacity Building effective and sustainable. They proposed: 1. to have participant centered growth, with the ability to measure progression; 2. The characteristics of effective capacity building; and coordination between those delivering it.
1. Using Professional Development plans, mentoring, emphasis on engagement, establishing learning processes and action plans that can be followed up upon are all driven by participants and therefore promote sustainability.
2. Effectiveness of training can be achieved by introducing experiential and active learning, making it demand driven and adapted to the participants’ needs.
3. Those delivering Capacity Building activities should coordinate by creating partnerships, agreeing to decentralize training, sharing knowledge and managing it effectively, and integrating training between sectors.
- Making training fun and interactive

Do you agree? What would you add?

- We need to be the example of what we're teaching (e.g. using composting latrines if you are promoting them).
- Also having ongoing capacity building. In many projects we do capacity building while we are building infrastructures. Then we run out of time and the capacity building is finished when the project is finished and then people are left on their own. Support is needed when the systems are working and that's when the real problems appear. We need post implementation capacity building and technical assistance in addition to monitoring.
- There's a need to tailor capacity development to ongoing programs so that people can see how it directly relates to what they are doing. We learn so many things at school and if we don't use them directly, we forgot them. We learn more from what we do; we need the practice which connects to what we've learned.
- Every situation is unique so we need to train people to think; some ways are by encouraging them to make mistakes, tackling real world problems.
- Charismatic leadership is important (remember your favorite teacher?)
- What you are promoting needs to be simple and visible otherwise people will not understand and replicate.
- Recognition is very important.

How can we turn these ideas into action?
- You have to identify somebody local who has a passion to make it happen and invest in that person.
- Work through existing structures (e.g. make sure that WASH training in the country is up-to-date and meets the standard, could be coordination of universities.)
- There's a gap in vocational training. In Europe it requires 2 years of training to become a plumber and then plumbers are well paid.
- Make 10 toilets and make them well, rather than making 100 that won't be sustainable.
- Do what you can with local materials and capacities.
- The best contribution organizations can make is training. More training and less materials; then you won't have dependence.

What is Susana’s WG1’s role regarding this challenge?
- Advocacy for more training, improved curriculum, standards, vocational training (more courses are for policy and planning, very few technical)
- Advocate for capacity development of existing local institutions (vocational institutes, universities)
- Supporting local organizations and their capacity (we think SuSanA does a good job of connecting organizations through the website)
- Create and promote more technical courses to empower 'barefoot engineers'
- Empowering people to do it themselves
- Do an assessment to understand what exists in terms of technical training and materials and if we find there are gaps, link with other working groups or members who could develop these materials]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:57:18 +0000