SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:38:25 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Looking for partnership and technical advisors (in the DR Congo) - by: denniskl
You have some challenges there I can see!

Can you advise a little more detail on your comment

"Despite efforts of international NGO and local government to improve WASH and waste management the sustainability of the sanitation remain poor in Agago ditrict."

What exactly were those efforts, who was involved, how did they go about their involvement with the community and why do you think they failed?

I would like to understand where things go wrong, so I don't need to replicate basic mistakes:)]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:06:34 +0000
Reply: Looking for partnership and technical advisors (in the DR Congo) - by: WMCollins
Woody M. Collins President Congo Helping Hands "Safe Water for the Other Half" +1-317-698-7643 +243-812813597]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:30:13 +0000
Looking for partnership and technical advisors (in the DR Congo) - by: Myango1
The current population in pilot areas(Agago district) projected from the 2002 census is 299,700 people. Over 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence farming with millet, sorghum, maize, cassava and sweet potatoes being the main staple foods; while cotton, rice and sunflower are the main cash crops. The communities also engaged in animal husbandry and rear a variety of livestock including cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

According to Assessment of physical and bacteriological quality of water from water sources and household in Agago District conducted in 2012 ,the Bore holes were the commonest sources of water for drinking and domestic use(Myango,2012)
In addition, All (100%) of the water storage containers were dirty and 97.6% of the households had no separate cup for drawing water from the storage container.
Overall 3.5% (3/85) of the water sources had faecal coliforms and few, 8.3% of the households had drinking water with faecal coliforms CFU/50 ml(Myango,2012)

Agago district has a total of 123 primary schools, among them 111 primary government primary school plus 12 private primary school with 65,151 pupils’ enrolled in the District in 2010/2011among them 34,237 are male and 30,914 female. 70% he primary schools use traditional pit latrines; the pupil latrine stance ratio still low with 78:1 and only 24.2 % of the primary schools use hand washing facilities with water and soap .In addition 60% of pupils use open shoes,30% bear footed and 95% lack anal cleansing materials (Myango,2012).

Despite efforts of international NGO and local government to improve WASH and waste management the sustainability of the sanitation remain poor in Agago ditrict.

General objective of Pleasant service company is to Enhance capacity of pupils, teacher and community to maintain and use clean and safe available sanitation facilities in pilot project areas.

The specific objectives:

1.Train and educate pupils, teachers and community on sanitation and waste management
2.Provision and installation of easy and suitable materials for sanitation and waste management(using market based approach)
3.Participate in monitoring the maintenance of sanitation facilities in primary school and community
4.Participate in segregation, collection and disposal of liquid and solid waste in primary school and community.]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:28:36 +0000
Re: Introducing Ecosec, new company from Montpellier - by: ben
Thanks for your support, I'm totally with you on the inward focus we should have as well. How many of us consultants have had great time in exotics tropical countries with an expat livestyle when in our home doorsteps gipsy camps or native reservations have similarely bad sanitation conditions. How many of us are preaching dry toilets and don't have one at home ?
I learned a lot from the sanitation marketing programs abroad and the energy put by inspired people into closing the sanitation cycle. It's very funny when you say to someone here in Europe "This is from programs in Haiti, ghana or south africa that we learned about safe excreta re-use without a sewerweb". Our project is directly inspired from san-mark programs I discovered on this forum, with just a westener adaptation on the cabin.
In "sustainable", there would be a lot to say about the turnover of sanitation expats coming just for a short amount of time, and then leaving for more adventures. Being home gives you I believe a certain stability on your engagement as well as realising how the cultural understanding is key for the program to be a success. No generalisation is made here, but in sanitation programs there's still probably not enough control hand-over to people who've been living there all their life and will stay there even after the end of the program.

And by the way, bicycle isn't only a ecological wish. In center town you go probably twice faster than a car and by avoiding a truck investment, it allows us to be competitive even with cabins 100 % built in France !


Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:20:15 +0000
Re: Introducing Ecosec, new company from Montpellier - by: KaiMikkel

p.s. I am particularly enamored with the inclusion of a bicycle(s) in your proposal.]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:51:08 +0000
Re: Sanitation community in Brazil - by: marcosateixeira
Sorry that took me a long time to find the time to write back.

I kind of agree with Mr. Canaday, I came to know SuSaNa when I was working with GIZ (at the time was GTZ), but I also think that the rural sanitation, that is the area my students came to my for guidance and tutoring, is not a hot issue in Brazil; as well as we kind of hold to the idea that in Brazil, what works are big Sewage Treatment Stations, that could be runned by private companies (concessão).

I also think that more material in Portuguese would be a plus, in academic environment, we manage to grasp the English, but the general audience does not, so for the medium level / technical workers, Portuguese would be a plus.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you think I could be of some help.

Looking forward to hear from you:


Marcos A. Teixeira
UFF - Federal Fluminense University
Dep. of Agr. Eng. and the Env.
Rua Passo da Pátria 156,
CEP 24.210-240,
Niterói-RJ, Brazil
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Introducing Ecosec, new company from Montpellier - by: ben Description of project:

Based in Montpellier (south of France) the Ecosec project plan to introduce for the first time in France High Standard UDDT toilets in center town. Created as a cooperative company with my childhood friend, the goal is to push to the maximum the local and ecological aspects through 100% local construction in natural french flax fiber, maintenance and cleaning several time a day by bicycle, re-use of compost in flower parks of the city, raising awareness to the population to the imperious need to save water in our region (the driest of France).

The cabin is made out of composite material and is full of automatisms, we tried to exceed the sensation of “modernism” that you can get in usual JC DECAUX automatic Public toilets in France. Forced ventilation, slab hiding the feces connected with a sensor which open it when you start sitting (so when you enter you don't see the previous use), ventilation from the inside toward the “technical wall” for extraction even for urinals, double waterless urinal outside to answer big affluence, etc ... are some of the technical innovations of the cabin.

The urine will be either thrown in the sewerweb or treated with a small reed bed if there is soil around. We’ll try later to re-use it in peri-urban agriculture. Feces, until we can make our own compost treatment, will be composted on the side of the sludge compost heaps at the main treatment plant of the city, just to reassure the authorities at the beginning.

Origin of the project:

After a few years in international organizations, either multinationals or NGOs, working on sanitation marketing as a consultant I felt I wasn’t so pertinent for several reasons.

I’ve got gradually fed up with the global development world, I met a great amount of inspired people and I’m sure most people in this forum dedicate their life to the cause. However, after years being witness of corruption, reading on WB and IMF disasters in Africa, building proposals and adapting my strategies to the funders rather than for what was right I felt the overall system was sick, and I wanted to apply what I worked on the past few years : development through small private sector.

If I come back to the developing world now, I’d love it to be in a peer to peer relationship, between entrepreneur to entrepreneur who both know what it is to put your family at risk with a loan, who both know what it is to work in a workshop 12h a day, who both know what it is to clean a toilets everyday and build a compost heap. We may have a lot of difference but at least we’ll both know what it’s like to run a family business.

Where we are now :

We presented our prototype in a fair last week (photos) and got a very nice article in the regional news, users were very pleased to use them and have been nicely surprised with our design, especially the Flax fiber aspect. The mayor visited it and asked us to put our prototype in use for 2 months before further discussion. The stat of the trial will probably be November. We’ve got good hope to finally get a contract as there is not a single public toilet in this 300 000 hab. city, right in the touristic south ring of france.

I’ll keep you updated on how works the prototype once we put it in use. A video is planned soon too.

Primary contact at lead organization: Benjamin CLOUET, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Location: Montpellier (South of France)


To create our own job back home, independence being a great form of liberty, to raise awareness in the area that water is scarce, to keep developing high standard and researched designs in order to change the perception of dry toilets.

Technically, my dream would be to install the VUNA project reactor + distillatory inside the cabin so we could distillate onsite. The pure water would be used to clean your hands and 100 % of the wastes would be re-used in peri-urban agriculture.


1. Build a viable prototype so we can show it’s more a question of appearance and aspiration than a question of Dry Vs Wet system.
2. Build a viable business and a replicable model that can spread in other cities
3. Not have a boss, and work in a cooperative company (on the principle one person one vote)
4. Not be dependant of subsidies or funders
4. Always Keep developing new designs, reaching new markets (campings, stadiums, schools, homes, etc …)

Website :
Sorry it's only in French for the moment, as is our flyer. But translation is coming soon.

Pour les francophones :

Description du projet :

Basé à Montpellier, ECOSEC a pour ambition d’introduire, pour la première fois en France, un réseau de toilettes sèches publiques haut de gamme en centre-ville avec un service de nettoyage en vélo associé plusieurs fois par jour. Par le biais de ce produit très symbolique, ECOSEC sensibilisera les usagers sur les économies d’eau, les cycles courts et le recyclage. Design architectural audacieux, maintenance et nettoyages réalisées en vélo, réutilisation du compost produit dans les espaces verts de la ville, construction en matériaux naturels, autant de thèmes qui ancrent le projet dans une démarche locale et écologique. Afin de rendre encore plus cohérente notre activité sur le territoire, notre structure est coopérative et compte embaucher des personnes en insertion professionnelle.

Techniquement, nous séparons les urines des fèces (Joseph ne serait pas content !). Pour les urines, l'idée est de soit les évacuer dans le réseau d'égout, soit de les traiter sur place avec une micro phyto-épuration (3 m² probablement, solution sûrement appliquée pour le proto que nous allons mettre en test prochainement), soit par la suite de les réutiliser dans l'agriculture péri-urbaine. Nous avons placé une ventilation forcée qui aspire l'air de l’intérieur vers la paroi technique. Nous nous sommes basé sur les standards, plutôt acceptés, des cabines JC DEACUX et avons placé des automatismes de tous les cotés, notamment une trappe sur le trou qui s'ouvre seulement avec la détection des fesses à 10cm d la cuvette, ceci pour deux raison. La première est de dissuader les hommes d'uriner dedans (il y a un urinoir ds la cabine intérieur) et la deuxième est d’empêcher la vision de l'utilisation précédente avant de s'asseoir.

Où nous en sommes

Mon associé Bernard CAILLE et moi même Benjamin CLOUET, avons présenté notre prototype dimanche dernier lors d'une grande foire aux associations au centre de Montpellier. Nous avons eu de très bon retours sur le design global, l'ergonomie de la cabine et le concept en lui même. Gratifié d'une visite de notre cabine par le maire, nous avons réussi à accrocher deux élus de la ville pour faire un test prochainement en situation réelle, probablement au Zoo ou au Domaine d'Ô. Il n'y a à l'heure actuelle quasiment aucune toilettes publiques au centre ville de Montpellier.

Personnelement, après plusieurs années passées comme consultant sur des programmes assainissement internationaux, j'ai senti un manque de pertinence dans mes actions pour plusieurs raisons. Je souhaite ces prochaines années développer de sprogramme de sani-marché avec une relation d'entrepreneur à entrepreneur. Je pense, après avoir monté une entreprise de collecte et gestion de matières fécales, bien mieux maitriser les contraintes financières, de production, de compostage et de relations publiques que peuvent rencontrer les petits entrepreneur que nous accompagnons habituellement.

Objectifs :

- Finir le développement d'un prototype viable qui montre que la question d'apparence et de confort n'est pas lié au type de toilette sec ou humide
- Developper un concept réplicale dans d'autres villes du nord et du sud
- Ne pas avoir de patron, embrasser au maximum les principes d'une coopérative
- Trouver un modèle de développement sans subventions

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Re: Notre realisation en matiere de WASH (introduction of "Organisation Rwandaise pour la solidarite et le developement", an NGO in Rwanda) - by: canaday
Félicitations pour le travail de votre organisation. Faites-vous la promotion des toilettes sèches (UDDT) et l'assainissement écologique en général? Comment pouvons-nous mieux vous aider?

Meilleurs voeux,
Chris Canaday

Translation by Google Translate:

Dear Claudine,

Applauds the work of your organization. Get promoting composting toilets (UDD) and ecological sanitation in general? How can we help you better?

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:31:25 +0000
Notre realisation en matiere de WASH (introduction of "Organisation Rwandaise pour la solidarite et le developement", an NGO in Rwanda) - by: orsd
comme le nom l'indique, je suis directrice de ORSD qui Organisation Rwandaise pour la solidarite et le developement. avant c'etait l'association, mais on a change en ONG.

The mission of ORSD is to promote improved hygiene, sanitation and water management for safe drinking water and hygienic conditions for all. ORSD also seeks to change the behaviors of Rwandans towards hygiene and sanitation through mobilization and trainings.


• Conduct feasibility studies and execute projects related to environmental protection, water supply and sanitation.
• Assist communities and decentralized administrative organizations to better manage their water and sanitation infrastructure.
• Prepare and conduct training sessions that pertain to hygiene, environmental management, and management of water and sanitation infrastructure.
• Conduct feasibility and market studies related to revenue generating projects.


Over the past four years, ORSD has particularly developed a profound knowledge about needs identification, community mobilization and water and sanitation management including ECOSAN Management.

Working with schools and communities in Nyamasheke, Rulindo and Kicukiro districts has particularity sharpen our knowledge on the benefits of use of human compost as a soil fertilizer, especially in the rural districts of Rulindo and Kicukiro whose populations are highly dependent on agriculture to fulfil their family needs.

ORSD has gained a significant experience in the fields of water, sanitation and hygiene where it has collaborated with several programs and international organizations. Among others, ORSD has been working with Water For People, a USA based development organization supporting water, sanitation and hygiene education in the districts of Rulindo and Kicukiro, where ORSD works as a partner to conduct all software activities including trainings of local institutions and structures responsible for the management of water and sanitation facilities, as well as daily and annual monitoring to track the level of coverage and level of sustainability so that appropriate decisions are taken to address the situation as needed.

Recently, ORSD completed consultancy services with COMETE INTERNATIONAL (a Tunisian company) to provide its services to the communities of Rulindo, Burera, Gicumbi, Musanze districts of the Northern Province; Karongi, Rutsiro and Nyamasheke of the Western Province which were supported by EWSA through PNEAR to improve water supply and sanitation conditions.

In addition, ORSD worked as part of the Water and Sanitation Program in Rural Areas (PEAMR) to conduct initial evaluations, validate sub-projects, and train a number of public institutions (including schools, health centers, and markets) in hygiene and sanitation, train and support HAMS committees and clubs and conduct monitoring and evaluation assignments. This work was conducted in the ex-districts of Gatare and Nyamasheke, which currently form the District of Nyamasheke in the Western Province.

The table attached provides details of most important assignments previously performed by ORSD in relation to capacity building and sanitation management.

Voila ce que nous faisons dans notre organisation selon nos mayens qui ne sont pas aussi suffisant. si vous trouvez des opportunites dans le forum, vous pouvez nous aider a aller plus loin.
merci pour adopter le francais dans vos correspondances avec les differents partenaires. maintenant on est bien.

Directrice de l'ORSD
Tél: +250 0783 389 322
Tél: +250 0728 389 322]]>
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Introduction by Bidhu Bhushan Samanta from Odisha, India - by: samantabb Date of birth: 06.05.1941
Place of birth: Odisha (India)
Academic qualification: 1. Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) with theme Technology Transfer in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation India with focus on the Role of UNICEF, Berhampur University, India (1997) 2. Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Water Supply and Sanitation from Loughbrough University of Technology, United Kingdom (1993)3. Post-Graduate Diploma in Economic Planning with specialisation in Regional Planning from Central School of Planning and Statistics, Warsaw (Poland), 1973, 4. Advanced University degree: with Economics specialization from Allahabad University, India (1963)
Since my retirement from UNICEF in 2003: Chairman (Hon.) of a professional Group called Multi Applied System. Also have visited several countries such as Egypt (twice), Ghana, Nigeria (twice), Uzbekistan (twice), Tajikistan (twice), Turkmenistan (twice), Kyrgyzstan, China and Geneva on short consultancy relating to WASH planning, review, assessment, appraisal etc.
Is a member of the Governing Body of Technology Mission on WASH in a Provincial Government
Member of the Water and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Geneva
Is a Life Fellow of Institute of Public health Engineers, India
Is a Life fellow of India Water Works Association

1987-20013: With UNICEF in different capacities;
1987-1989: Assistant Project Officer in one State Office. Looked after water and sanitation Program including Guinea worm Eradication, immunization and Women in Development
1989-91: Project Officer (Sanitation) for a region: Handled Sanitation Program in two most populous States of India viz., Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
1991-1998: Sanitation Coordinator for India. This was a country level position and guided the program through out the country that included advocacy with the Government of India on various innovative programs.
1998-2003: Head of WASH for UNICEF under Oil for Food Program in Iraq and then Sr. Project Officer and Advisor, WASH for Central Asian Countries with focus on Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Some of the professional achievements during 1987-2003 are given below:

i. As adviser on WASH for three CIS countries, was able to bring UNICEF concern in the agenda of the national Government. This was through strong advocacy at the highest policy level and introducing innovative ideas into programme planning and implementation. A number of community-based interventions were introduced in all the three countries that were totally at variance with the centralized system.

ii. Conceived and developed workbooks on sanitation and hygiene for primary school students in Uzbekistan to make sanitation and hygiene as part of the school curricula. This is being replicated in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Several other IEC materials were also developed for promoting hygiene in schools and in the community.

iii. Involved in successfully handling the largest ever WASH programme in a highly sensitive environment in Northern Iraq where both management and professional skills were put to test. Based on a need assessment survey, developed appropriate strategies for WES interventions in both urban and rural areas.

iv. In rural areas, where the strategy was to increase coverage and reduce regional disparity, a mapping exercise was undertaken to identify un-served areas and give priority to the no-source villages for reducing the gap. Different cost-effective and appropriate technologies were tried out by using surface and ground water resources. 30 NGOs were involved in the implementation of these projects. The interventions included construction of 1,100 new and rehabilitation of around 600 existing water projects. Over 27,000 twin pit pour flush latrines were constructed. 4,000 village level functionaries were trained on the operation and management of water projects. Access to water supply, through the programme intervention, increased from 63% to 90% over a three-year period and sanitation (in terms of toilets) from 45% to 65%. Another 18% could construct their own toilet with out government support through motivation. Proposals were prepared for introducing vermi-composting, bio-gas, water pumping in remote areas using solar and wind energy.

v. As the Lead Agency in water supply and sanitation programme in northern Iraq, had the over all responsibility of coordinating with other UN agencies such as HABITAT, FAO, WHO and UNOPS besides the concerned local authorities.

vi. As part of community participation and hygiene education in Northern Iraq, was instrumental in developing several training modules and guidelines and preparation of a set of 7 flash cards for promoting hygiene education and a guidebook for school sanitation. Introduced School Sanitation Programme in 250 schools.

vii. Was on a Drought Mission to the CIS states viz, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Tajakistan and Turkmenistan in July/Aug, 2001. Was the member of an inter-disciplinary group of experts on health and nutrition, education, child protection and communication. Prepared short-term action plans and medium/long-term strategy relating to water sanitation for tackling drought in three countries viz, Uzbekistan, Tajakistan and Turkmenistan.

viii. At the invitation of the UNICEF's Egypt Country Office visited Cairo thrice (in 1996, 1997 and 2004) to make an assessment of the Sanitation Programme in that country and suggest appropriate interventions to accelerate sanitation coverage. The focus of the first visit was on choice of technology, delivery system, hygiene education, community participation and credit. The second visit was a follow up to observe the implementation of strategies suggested and recommend any modification to the interventions implemented. The third was on assessment of the WES program.

ix. Was deputed to South Africa for a period of 6 weeks during April-June'95 to prepare a strategy paper for WES and draft the Water & Sanitation chapter of the New Country Programme in consultation with the Government of National Unity, South Africa. Completed the assignment successfully. In addition, prepared 8 proposals for raising funds through prospective donors.

x. As a member of the Government of India's Working Group on Sanitation for Ninth Five Year Plan, was able to influence the proposed national policy pertaining to IEC, alternate delivery system for sanitation, sanitation upgrading and promoting hygiene through schools to reflect UNICEF’s concerns and priorities.

xi. As a special invitee to the Expert Committee on Rural Sanitation Programme set up by the Government of India, provided inputs on the concept and components of Sanitation and drafted the section on Perspective Plan for Sanitation in Rural India through mobilization of voluntary action.

xii. Developed the concept of "Rural Sanitary Mart" as an alternate delivery system to promote sanitation as a package. The Government of India adopted the concept and introduced it all over the country. These marts are also to support community-based hand-pump maintenance (by supplying crucial parts) and distribution of ORS in rural areas.

xiii. As nodal officer for coordinating the CDD-WATSAN strategy in India, in collaboration with the Health Section, organized the following activities in 15 districts in as many states spread over the different regions of the country.

xiv. Coordinated a number of innovative sanitation projects with community participation and with the active involvement of NGOs in different Indian states between 1991-1998. These were: i) The self-financing sanitation projects in West Bengal, Assam and Delhi, ii) A project promoting the concept of 'cleanliness' (both domestic and settlement levels) in Tamil Nadu, iii) A project pursuing a three pronged approach to subsidizing rural sanitation in Uttar Pradesh (the largest state in India), iv) the Nirmal Grama Yojana (Clean Village Scheme) through the Panchayati Raj System in Karnataka, v) Facility Park - (Community Latrine with private ownership) in Rajasthan, vi) Highway Sanitation (A part of Social Marketing Strategy to accelerate sanitation coverage) and so on.

xv. Developed and implemented several training programs pertaining to water and sanitation and prepared materials for the same.

xvi. Replicated the concept of "Village Contact Drives" introduced in SWACH (where I was a Project Advisor) for creating awareness on hygiene and mobilizing community for management of drinking water sources and better hygiene practices.

1986-1987: Full time Consultant for a Guinea worm Eradication Project In one Province viz., Rajastan, that had reported the highest number of cases. Was instrumental in contributing a number of innovative strategies that helped in reducing the case; some of these strategies were replicated in India that ultimately led to eradication of guinea worm disease in India.

1970-1986: Joined Operations Research Group, a think tank of the famous scientist and industrialist, Shri Vikram Sarabhai that later became a commercial enterprise. Rose to the rank of General Manger (Chief Consultant)and was the all-India Coordinator for consultancy projects in rural development. (During this period got involved in Water Supply Projects and continued with that area till date.

1967-1970: Project Evaluation Officer in India's Planning Commission(a post of Indian Economic Service). Was responsible for carrying out evaluation studies of centrally sponsored programs in one province.

1963-67: This was the first posting after the college. Was Research Officer attached to the State Planning Board of a Provincial Government in India. Was a member of the professional group in plan formulation, monitoring , assessment and evaluation. Had the additional responsibility of monitoring the activities of the public sector undertakings

Exposure to Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation:
At PG level had Economics as major. Did a Diploma in National Economic Planning & another on Community Water Supply & Sanitation. Was actively associated with plan formulation, review, monitoring & evaluation of socio-economic programs during the 25 years tenure with a State Govt. (Planning Dept), GOI (PE0 -Planning Commission), a leading consultancy firm (ORG) and now UNICEF. As part of sectoral planning and evaluation, was involved in determining technical feasibility and economic viability of various projects.

Organizational, Managerial & Administrative Experience: Handled supervisory/managerial position for over 30 years. By virtue of working in a State Govt, GOI, consultancy firm & UNICEF, acquired varied organizational and administrative experience and skill for greater adaptability to a changed situation. Was responsible for establishing ORG's regional and field offices in the eastern region and developing market. As Project Coordinator (Sanitation) in India country office, provided guidance to 10 field offices during 1991 – 1998. As Head of WES in Northern Iraq guided the largest UNICEF WES programme and supervised 30 professionals, including 9 internationals. As adviser on WES for three central Asian countries, was instrumental to put WES on the national agenda.

Experience in handling Independent Offices:
Was heading PEO, Planning Commission's field office (Government of India) at Cuttack (Orissa) from 1967-70. Became Chief of ORG's Regional Office (Eastern Region) from 1978-86. Also looked after ORG Systems (Computer Division) for two years as an additional responsibility with three field offices covering a staff of 30 computer professionals and 15 others. As Sanitation Coordinator in India Country Office, had a lot of independence in formulating and implementing projects in the area of environmental sanitation and hygiene at country level. As Head of WES in Northern Iraq, enjoyed a lot flexibility to handle a humanitarian program, in a highly sensitive area. Handled a similar responsibility in central Asia.

Analytical ability & drafting capability:
Conducted/directed several All-India/State-level surveys/studies on various socio-economic programs/ issues. Was actively associated in conceptualization, analysis and data interpretation. Drafted over fifty reports, several papers for workshop and a few articles for magazines.

Communication skill to negotiate and advocate:
Work in a planning set-up called for constant interaction with various depts/agencies. In ORG, the responsibility included an aggressive marketing strategy to sell ideas and undertake effective negotiations besides maintaining good public relations with Government and industry at the highest level. The job in UNICEF India country office called for advocacy and negotiation with very high officials of Government of India, leading Technical Institutions and NGOs. In Northern Iraq and also in central Asia had to interact with politicians and bureaucrats at the highest level for planning and implementation of WES programme.

Association with International Agencies/ Foreign Travel:
Have been associated with several international agencies. The list includes, Habitat, WHO, FAO, UNOPS, DFID, SIDA, DANIDA, USAID, World Bank, UNDP, Dutch, Resources for Future, Washington, Save the Children Fund, UK, Counterpart Consortium, IFRC, JD Associates etc. Have travelled over 30 countries in Asia (includes middle-east and Central Asia), Africa, USA and Europe.]]>
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Re: Searching for PhD abroad with Brazilian Government funding - by: FrancisdelosReyes
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Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:07:35 +0000
Re: Searching for PhD abroad with Brazilian Government funding - by: JotaCarlos
It means a lot

all the best,
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:33:33 +0000
Searching for PhD abroad with Brazilian Government funding - by: JotaCarlos
my name is Jose Carlos, I am a 26 years old, brazilian, Mechanical Engineer and I have a great interest in Sanitation Engineering. I intend to specialize in water and wastewater treatment/management and related topics. I am looking for a PhD opportunity around the world and would like to ask if someone has advices to help me finding a position.

I am looking for a supervisor, more preferable if the supervisor works with production of biogas through wastewater treatment, but I am opened to discuss other topics. If you know a professor(s) and/or researcher(s) who works in the field and may be interested, please send me his/her email.

I am taking part of the governamental brazilian program 'Science without Borders' selection process, which pays all fees of the university or institute and gives a scholarship for the graduate student. The program can also fund one-year training if it is required for the university.
"The mobility program proposed here aims to launch the seeds of what could revolutionize the R&D system, the Brazilian students and researchers exposed to an environment of high competitiveness and entrepreneurship.
Characteristics Excellence - the best students and researchers will undertake research in the best and most relevant Universities around the World."
More details about the programm under the following link:

Next deadline is August 22th when I have to submit the proposal, among other documents, to the Ministry of Education, who is in charge of the program, to be evaluate.

I have disponibility to travel anywhere to research and collect date.

Attached you can find my academic CV. I also attended the IELTS english test with 6.5 overall band score. The most graduate department requires 6.0.
I speak portuguese (mother tongue), english, german and a bit of spanish.

I put myself entirely at your disposal at all times to discuss ideas, suggestions or doubts and for any pontential interview and thank you all in advance for any information it can be given.

With kind regards,
Jose Carlos
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P.S. I also have interest in working at sanitation field, if there is some vacancy known...]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:23:53 +0000
Young WASH Professional heading to Malawi and looking for support! - by: megfir
My name is Megan Firth, and I am young WASH professional heading to Malawi to work with the government to help them realize solutions to the provide sustainable WASH services to their citizens.

This is a huge project that will be done in partnership with Engineers Without Boarders. I know this is going to be a very challenging (but rewarding) project, therefore if you have any advice, experiences with WASH in Malawi, or maybe are currently working in Lilongwe and would be interesting in meeting from August onward I would love to hear from you!

Here is a bit more about me and this project:

Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:01:36 +0000
Re: Sanitation community in Brazil - by: CeciliaRodrigues
Thank you for your support!

@Trevor, I will consider your advise and try to post more about Brazilian sanitation issues.

@Chris, your idea for the Olympics is very tempting, but at the moment I don't know if there is in Brazil any group doing such projects in this scale or offering the technology. I joined recently a small group of enthusiastic young Brazilians but we are in a very initial stage. We are thinking of a project to build some UDDTs in precarious human settlements in São Paulo, similar to refugee camps, where water is scarce. We are fond of having a dismantleable toilet, since these people may be evicted at any time. We are currently researching some mobile models and reading about emergency sanitation. I would be very interested in having a look at the UDDT you built in Pantanal. Do you have your experience published somewhere?

We have a long list of challenges ahead us, but first and foremost, we have to deal with the cultural acceptance. Let's see how it goes...

Thank you once again! I will keep you posted!
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:27:45 +0000