SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:41:18 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: millieadam http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18882 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18882 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:
Yes.

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 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18881 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18881 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
Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: Doreen http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18880 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18880

How can we measure the impact and effectiveness of training?

Summary of discussion on this topic at the WEDC Conference in Ghana (July 2016):

This team provided answers to how to measure impact and effectiveness of training that could be classified similar to the Kirkpatrick model:
1. Measuring overall results of the training (observed as changes in the project outcomes),
2. Measuring the behaviour change of the participants (observed as what they are doing differently),
3. Measuring the learning of the participants (observed as what new information they know after the training)

The answers of this group didn’t seem to distinguish between trainings directed to: participants looking to improve their knowledge and skills to perform their implementation work, training aimed at forming trainers, and trainings to increase the capacity of institutions.

1.Identified methods to measure results included: formal impact assessments, organizational and institutional changes and development, evolution of capacity needs or performance monitoring

2. Behaviour could be measured observing post training practices and applications, such as implementation of skills, ability to apply new tools, measuring a behaviour change or observing the participants’ ability to train others

3.The group proposed that learning can be measured by evaluating lifelong learning, following up with participants or using workshop assessments.

The participants of SuSanA’s working group 1 meeting at Stockholm World Water Week added the following to the discussion from the WEDC conference:

Do you agree with the above discussions? What would you add?

- Yes we agree: The impact of the training needs to be evaluated for a longer period of time e.g. after a few years to ensure that people still have the skills that they acquired.

- In some cases, participants are unable to use the skills that they acquired e.g. through migration, change of jobs which leads to loss of skills.

- Measuring the effectiveness of training can be compromised by short interventions of many programme.

- Different indicators are required to measure impact.

How can we turn these ideas into action?

It should be in the project design of any capacity development intervention to do a post evaluation after a few years to ensure sustainability and that people still have the skills and to monitor whether the interventions were effective.

All capacity development initiatives should be anchored in national institutions to ensure sustainability. Toolkits should be provided and the focus should be on training for trainers.


What is Susana’s WG1’s role regarding this challenge?

Its an excellent platform for members to share what they are doing on capacity development. Developing indicators should be shared and new tools and mechanisms should be developed by the partner organisations to ensure long term monitoring

WG1 is key in encouraging institutional linkages, networking with relevant institutions to achieve SDG 6.

Webinars should be encouraged where brainstorming sessions could be organised to understand what other organisations are involved in. Looking at the capacity related indicators that can identify impact. Encourage impact studies.

Country level interactions could be encouraged. Linking institutions is important. SuSanA should provide us with mechanisms on the website on how to filter organisations based on their regions, area of expertise and resources.

Best regards,

Doreen Mbalo]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:44:22 +0000
Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18879 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18879 How can we assess capacity gaps/needs?

Summary of discussion on this topic at the WEDC Conference in Ghana (July 2016):


The work in this group mainly focused on the capacity gaps and needs in three key WASH actor’s areas of influence: 1. Analyzing the results of implemented projects, 2. looking into National Institutions’ gaps 3. Gathering information on the roles and performance of the Community and/or Individuals.
  1. For projects, they proposed analyzing existing capacities by looking at results and failures. They put the emphasis on practical, technical observations like the appropriate choice of technologies, the locations chosen for water points or their functionality. They also proposed to check if activities are happening at all. According to this group, all failures reflect capacity gaps.
  2. They proposed a comprehensive but not exhaustive list of observations for National Institutions that could reflect capacity gaps such as national standards for WASH supplies, effective plans and indicators, the existence of regulations or community rights and obligations according to the law.
  3. Finally, they proposed to gather capacity gaps of the community through open forums, mapping the roles of individuals to understand what the needs might be, and assessing current performance.


Summary of our discussion

SuSanA WG1 can collect information on potential gaps that practicioners could potentionaly encounter within their scope and provide a catalogue where they could find tools, materials, and other resources how these gaps might be filled (e.g. online database on existing training programmes, or training tools or materials in the field of sustainable sanitation).]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:36:09 +0000
Re: Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: pquinn http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18876 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18876 at McGill University (which was funded by GWOPA) focused on the Capacity
Development of Water Operators.
Regards
Patrick Quinn]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:35:11 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18875 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18875 forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-...st-2015-agenda#18874

Also: SIWI his going to check the participants of the WG meetings and will only allow people that are on the participants list to attend the WG meetings - if you would like to participate but have not yet registered, please email your name and organization immediately to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:28:51 +0000
Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18874 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18874-addressing-the-lack-of-trained-professional-to-reach-the-post-2015-agenda#18874 develop more professional, hands-on capacity building programs tailored to the knowledge and skills needed to deliver sanitation programming in developing countries.
With SDG 6.a the need for capacity development to reach the post-2015 is directly explicitly addressed: " By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programs, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies".
SuSanA has played an important lobbying role in the past in order to highlight the importance of sustainability issues in sanitation particularly in the context of the MDGs. In order to build on this achievement and to prepare for the contribution of our working group to reach the post-2015 agenda, we are inviting all member to an interactive workshop during our meeting tomorrow at world water week in Stockholm (see here for more info: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-...gust-from-1400-1530h).

During the workshop participants from various organizations will share the challenges they are currently experiencing in the Capacity Building components of their programs, as well as the lessons learned and successful strategies to improve the quality and effectiveness of Capacity Building interventions. Finally, participants will discuss how to bring successes in Capacity Building to scale. The workshop is structured in two topical part:
Topic 1: Capacity gaps and the SDG’s
Topic 2: Addressing Capacity Building Challenges
The workshop outcomes will be posted directly here in this thread and you are warmly invited to contribute to the discussion through the forum even if you cannot attend in person.

The session will build on a previous workshop held at the WEDC conference in Ghana in July 2006 and will address four questions:
  1. How can we assess capacity gaps/needs?
  2. What makes capacity building effective?
  3. How can we build capacity at the scale needed while maintaining quality?
  4. How can we measure the impact and effectiveness of training?

The document attached contains the summary of the WEDC discussion for each of the 4 questions. I f you would like to participate in the workshop or contribute the discussion, here are the instructions:
  • Read and reflect the summary of WEDC discussions on this topic and answer following questions:
  • Do you agree? What would you add?
  • How can we turn these ideas into action?
  • What is Susana’s WG1’s role regarding this challenge?


Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:25:22 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18856 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18856
Just a quick reminder for our meeting on Tuesday and an IMPORTANT correction.
The meeting will take place from 13.30 to 15.30 (and not from 14.00 as previously announced) in the Room 352, Nora Latin Building, City Conference Centre Stockholm (at the World Water Week Venue), Barnhusgatan 7b, Stockholm (same place as last year).

See you there,

Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:23:53 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18834 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18834
#22susanaCapDev]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:24:51 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: Doreen http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18826 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18826
Best regards,

Doreen]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:03:58 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18824 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18824 Great idea for twittering.
What about
- StockholmWWW_WG1meeting
- StockholmWWW_CapDev
- CapDev_SDG
Any better suggestion? sorry I am not a twitter pro...
What is the official SuSanA meeting hastag? We could build on this one...]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:36 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: Doreen http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18823 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18823
I look forward to attending the WG 1 meeting! One of the main topics I would like us to discuss is how best to continuously build the capacity of water sector professionals and private sector service providers (e.g.registered emptiers).

I think we need a hashtag for this event so that we can tweet about it to those who will be unable to attend.

Best regards,

Doreen]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:45:17 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18822 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18822
Find enclosed the agenda for the upcoming meeting. We are going to have two parts of the meeting: first some exciting presentation:
  • Role of youth in SDG 6-9
  • Business Development & Business Matchmaking Services
  • About the dimensions of capacity and change in time

...followed by an interactive workshop on "Capacity gaps and the SDG’s" and "Addressing Capacity Building Challenges"(organized by CAWST and seecon).

The outcome of the discussion will directly be posted here in this thread!

Stay tuned Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:01:51 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: Bertha http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18719 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18719
I hope this mail finds you well. Greetings from Kenya. To introduce myself, am a water & environmental engineer with over ten years in WASH infrastructure and programming with masters in project planning &management and environmental health engineering from university of Nairobi. Currently am a WASH Program Manager for Sustainable Africa an organization working in 15 counties in Kenya promoting access to water and sanitation for schools and communities through promotion of rainwater harvesting by roof catchment; rock catchment; sand dams; weirs;earth dams and sanitation with hygiene promotion & MHM activities.

To clarify your query on ("the need for the players in the sector to get the right persons")? i meant that in WASH project a big part of the budget goes to infrastructure development and the need for organizations to have engineers manage them from baseline to feasibility through design construction supervision and commission should be given a consideration and of interest if the next goals have to be met and not just relegated to technical duties alone. From experience, I have seen many WASH project in developing countries not functional as they are not working or meeting the demand for the need. A simple reason,could be not well done feasibility study to determine the demand for the need for a projected future use. hence factors like future populations not factored hence failure of the project and wastage of resources. With this and among other reasons, like leaking masonry tanks not holding water; collapsing latrines within a year of construction calls for more focused capacity development with sharing experience of what works, why it worked, what can be done better on methodologies and approaches across the different organizations in infrastructure development and sustainable service delivery.

I am sorry will not be able to attend the WG1 meeting in Stockholm but hope to follow up the discussion online from your reports.

Keep up the good works.
Cheers,
Bertha]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:54:18 +0000
Re: SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: wasifbashir15 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18623 http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/54-wg-1-capacity-development/18403-susana-capacity-development-working-group-meeting-at-stockholm-www-2016-tuesday-30-august-from-1400-1530h?limit=12&start=12#18623 I hope this email will find you in the best of your health.
I am writing for a suggestion to add Social & cultural barrier in the way of sustainable sanitation development in developing nation. May i ask either we can add this topic in our upcoming SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h please?
Secondly may i ask to also incorporate role of youth and their inclusion in the sanitation development please?
I will be also participating in this meeting and hope to share my experience being a young professional especially my experience of my Participation in 3rd International Faecal Sludge Management (3FSM) Conference during the meetings.
Stay Blessed in All walks of your life.
Love and Looking forward to your soonest kind response Please.
Best Regards
Muhammad Wasif Bashir Babar]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Sat, 06 Aug 2016 04:45:59 +0000