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Topics in Category: WG 1 (Capacity development) - SuSanA Forum Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:09:00 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management /media/kunena/images/icons/rss.png Topics in Category: WG 1 (Capacity development) - SuSanA Forum en-gb Where can I find thematic discussions about capacity development here on the forum? - by: muench

In contrast, this sub-section here only discusses organisational issues around the Working Group 1 on capacity development, such as the date for next meeting, minutes from meetings, planned outputs of working group etc.]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:57:44 +0200
Working Group 1 (capacity development): Take part in SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 19-21 March - Example: article on capacity development - by: dhapolaa WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:41:59 +0100 Meeting of Working Group 1 at the FSM4 Conference in Chennai, India (between the 19th and 23rd of February) - by: seshadri WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:14:10 +0100 SuSanA’s contribution to the Agenda 2030 - WG1 position paper (final draft for comments) - by: sterennphilippe
Good point! It can be difficult to distinguish between project outcomes with and without an education component. CAWST has had success doing this by using the Kirkpatrick Framework to set up an evaluation of an education program. The Kirkpatrick framework breaks down the evaluation into four parts reaction, learning, behaviour, and results as outlined in the table below:

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The participants reaction and learning can be measured immediately after a training. Behaviour and results are often evaluated six to 12 months after education and training. It is easier to attribute the reaction, learning and to some extent the behaviour to the training. With results we accept that there are multiple influencing factors and that training is just one of many contributions.

By breaking down the outcomes in this way you can measure the outcomes of your education and training, and find ways to improve.

We are expected to upload our new Evaluating Education And Training materials onto our WASH resources website in February. I will update WG1 when we do.

WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:09:46 +0100
Addressing the lack of trained professional to reach the post-2015 agenda (meeting in August 2016) - 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 +0100
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 +0100
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 +0100
SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting at Stockholm WWW 2016, Tuesday 30 August from 14.00- 15.30h - by: dorothee.spuhler

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Cheers, Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:28:51 +0200
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WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:14:57 +0100
SuSanA Capacity Development Working Group meeting: Stockholm WWW, Thursday 27 August - feedback - by: dorothee.spuhler I really appreciate the efforts that you put into documenting the meeting and making presentations available online for those who could not attend.
I also would like to share some information and outcomes from the working group meeting 1 on capacity development for sustainable sanitation.

We were roughly 20 people from all over the world. Represented organisations were among others CAWST, CSE, Cap-NET, R4D, GIZ, seecon/cewas, BORDA, I-san, SEI, Eawag/Sandec, Difaf, and Lund University.

We had 9 input presentations contribution covering following topics:
  • Capacity Development in conflict areas (Alex Wolf, BORDA)
  • Mapping of local capacity gaps and matchmaking (Peter Blair, R4D)
  • Internet-based capacity development tools:
  • MOOCs (Philippe Reymond, Eawag/Sandec)
  • Cap-Net´s Virtual Campus (Themba Gumbo)
  • The SSWM Toolbox (Dorothee Spuhler, seecon)
  • The SuSanA Forum
  • Developing local capacity development capacities at post-graduate level (Richard Kimwaga, University of Dar es Salaam, Sara Gabrielsson, Lund University)
  • Capacity development needs for promoting SFDs (Cecilia Rodrigues, GIZ consultant

After the input presentations we had a moment time to further discuss some hot topics:
  1. What are the mayor capacity gaps to meet the post2015 targets?
  2. How can we highlight the crucial role of capacity development for the 2015 agenda? And how can we (WG1) contribute to fill these gaps?
  3. Why is SuSanA WG1 relevant for you? And why are you relevant for the group
Highlights of the discussion:
  • The internet provides a huge opportunity to for reaching out to the mass with relevant knowledge and material. Different tools exists such as MOOCs (online lectures, exercises and final exams on university level, enrolment required for getting the whole package), Virtual Campus (videos and background information) or knowledge sharing and management platforms such as the SSWM Toolbox, or the SuSanA web-platform.
  • However, establishing and maintaining such online resources at a high quality requires careful preparations and consequential human resources.
  • The example of the Eawag MOOC series on WASH in Developing Countries shows, that the resources put into the professional preparation and quality control of online teaching tools has an direct impacted on the user numbers.
  • On the other hand, the SSWM Toolbox or the SuSanA forum also shows that the content can be enriched by promoting collaboration between different organizations in order to put together their knowledge and channel it to a targeted public.
  • However, online capacity development does not replace localized activities and face-to-face training programs and workshops. International collaboration between training institutions are a useful tool to built up local curricula at different levels
  • Long-term partnerships are required in order to establish local curricula and also to built up mutual trust and understanding which is particularly crucial in politically unstable or conflicting areas.
These are some other take home messages:
Capacity gaps:
  • Lack of curricula and staff at local level
  • Need for multi-disciplinary capacities for SDGs and sustainable sanitation
  • Lack of critical mass of human resource at the local level for capacity development
  • Lack of capacities of governments (e.g. for SDG monitoring)
Opportunities, areas to investigate:
  • Sanitation within sustainability context (complexity of SDGs agenda)
  • Customized capacity development: The target group/user should control time spend, depth of information, etc.
  • Integration of MOOC modules into onsite trainings, or how the MOOC modules can be of best support to trainers on the field.
  • Synergetic efforts (e.g. State owned + NGO)
  • Compile key messages from SuSanA learnings (also failures) and bring it into the hands of local practitioners hands (e.g. through factsheets, technical reviews, etc.)
  • Analyzing why SuSanA works and spread the learnings
  • Make SuSanA partner organizations materials more visible and more easy accessible through the SuSanA platform and add feedback buttons in order to give expert opinions on usefulness of documents and tools
  • Make it clear on the SuSanA webpage where to find what (also links to partner pages if relevant, e.g. MOOCs, SSWM Toolbox, Virtual Campus, etc.)
  • Work on overcoming SuSanA language barriers
Some other key messages:
  • SuSanA is a very suitable platform to share experiences in a straightforward way
  • 2030 is very close hence capacity development for sustainable sanitation is urgent and is needed yesterday.

General impression of the meeting:
diverse - well timed - should have deserved more people – more time for discussion needed (-> continue on the SuSanA forum)

Check out the PDF presentations the SuSanA homepage (scroll down to “WG 1 (Capacity Development) - 27 August”).

If you would like to contact one of the presenters and can’t find out their contact details, you can find them in the user list of this forum or by contacting me….

Cheers, Dorothee

Colour cards collected at the end of the session. Keywords as reaction to the three discussion questions (1, 2, and 3) from left to right:

WG 1 (Capacity development) Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:52:23 +0200
SuSanA Meeting and Working Group 1 Meeting at the SWWW 2014 (Stockholm World Water Week, Sweden) - by: dorothee.spuhler
Please find attached the agenda for our upcoming meeting on next Saturday 6th Sept 11:45-13:00.

For general information on the meeting and to learn how to get there, please visit the meeting page .
If you can not attend, be aware of the life streaming and the [url=http://]opportunity of online participation[/url]!

Kind regards and looking forwards to seeing you soon!


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WG 1 (Capacity development) Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:59:28 +0200
Working Group 1 meeting during World Water Week beginning of Sept. 2013 - by: dorothee.spuhler ]]> WG 1 (Capacity development) Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:03:17 +0200 WG1 Factsheet Update - by: dorothee.spuhler We have tried to stress the importance of capacity development on different levels in teh factsheet.
If you do think we should address more specifically the need for targeting capacity development initiatives to and the promotion of capacity development in the water sector through gouvernmental organisation I am open to this.
I suggest to adapt the highlight this fact more explicitely in the section "strategies and approaches":

(...) It is important to develop strategies according to the specific level (individual, organisational, enabling environment) and the domain (knowledge and information, skills, and attitudes) of the capacity being built.
Assess gaps in capacity within a country and support planning, implementation and monitoring of performance for capacity development within the country.
• Consider a country-led approach and build on internal processes by identifying local drivers for sustainable sanitation (e.g. groundwater pollution, food security, etc.).

• Adapt language and means of communication to the local context.
• Create strategic partnership within different actors e.g. businesses, local governments and institutions that are actually implementing capacity development such as knowledge sharing and training.
• Focus on relationships between the enabling environment and other levels to align training and development of individual skills with organisational reforms and institutional changes.
• Increase awareness of sustainable sanitation through the media and special events, such as the World Toilet Day on 19 November each year.
WG 1 (Capacity development) Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:52:53 +0100
WG1 meeting during 14th SuSanA meeting held in Stockholm, Sweden - end of August - by: dorothee.spuhler and all,

Of course, tutorial videos can be much better than just slides. However, I think Mariska was talking more about material addressed to trainers, university teachers etc. to use and adapt for their own courses... Especially regarding exercises, this could be very helpful as preparing exercises (i.e. including calculations) can be very time consuming and I am sure there are many already prepared out there that could be easily adapted...

Anyways, see you tomorrow,

WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 18 Aug 2011 06:30:51 +0200
WG1 meeting in Kigal on 17th of July 2011 - by: dorothee.spuhler WG 1 (Capacity development) Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:07:35 +0200