Sanitation Research Fund for Africa (SRFA) managed by WRC in South Africa - Pit characterisation and pit emptying - Updates
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Sanitation Research Fund for Africa (SRFA) managed by WRC in South Africa - Pit characterisation and pit emptying - Updates 17 Jan 2013 11:13 #3109

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The Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce the establishment and launch of the Sanitation Research Fund for Africa. The fund is a direct result of the gap identified that Africa lags behind in terms of research and innovation (knowledge creation) due to the lack of dedicated sources of funding and support. This fund has been established to stimulate competency and capacity in the area of sanitation in the African region to support solutions and scaling up.

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Applicants are required to submit a motivation (max 6 pages) in MS Word format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a topic. The EoIs should cover the following:

- Name of the proposer and project leader, including physical address, email, contact numbers etc.

- Understanding of the research to be undertaken

- The area of interest i.e:
a. Science and understanding processes in dry pit toilets and systems
b. Emptying or desludging techniques and sludge management for beneficiation

- Capacity and capability of the institution (including infrastructure)

- Profile of the Project Leader, including a breakdown of relevant scientific publications

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The closing date for EoIs is the 31st January 2013, 1200 hours South African time. Successful EoIs will be informed by the 20 February 2013. This will be followed by submission of a full proposal for review and consideration. The required details will be conveyed.

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Sanitation Research Fund for Africa Project 23 Apr 2013 11:26 #4218

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Hi Everyone. I am an assistant manager at the South African Water Research Commission (WRC). I previously studied and worked under Prof. Chris Buckley and Dr. Kitty Foxon from the Pollution Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal. I will be managing the “Sanitation Research Fund for Africa” – SRFA – project for the WRC. I would like to share some details of the SRFA Project to those interested in faecal sludge management and sanitation in developing countries.

The SRFA Project was established through a USD 2.5 Million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The project was aims to stimulate local competency and capacity in the sanitation sector in the Eastern and Southern African Regions, and to provide solutions based on good scientific evidence related to up-scaling dry sanitation technologies. Ten research contracts will be issued, on a competitive basis, to research institutes or organisations in the targeted areas. The projects will be executed using the WRC model of research and innovation generation and dissemination.

Two key research areas have been identified for the project. They are:
• Characterisation of pit contents and developing a scientific understanding of processes occurring in onsite dry pit latrines systems in low income urban areas
• Developing innovative techniques for pit desludging and subsequent sludge management in low income urban settlements

The WRC has received a strong response to the proposal call. At the moment, the project proposals from various targeted African countries are being reviewed. We expect to have contracts soon – afterwards, I would list the successful institutions/organisations on the SuSanA website and will provide some details from each of the projects. We should expect some exciting technological advancements for pit desludging and management, and some interesting details on pit sludge from difference areas (wetness, rheology, quantity of non-faecal material, etc.). As soon as I get more information, I will post in onto the website. In the meantime, I can direct you to some of the WRC’s previous projects with pit toilets: wrcwww/Pages/KH_DocumentsList.aspx?dt=1&...mp;ct=6&ms=4;15;
You can download full reports from the above link for free. Similar reports will be published by the WRC at the end of the SRFA Project.
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Re: Sanitation Research Fund for Africa Project 21 Jun 2013 08:43 #4774

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Hi Everyone
The WRC is in contractual stage with ten grantees with regards to the Sanitation Research Fund for Africa (SRFA) project. A total of ten contracts have been offered to ten institutions and organisations from eight different African countries. Four institutions/organisations have been selected for developing innovative techniques for pit desludging and subsequent management. They are: ATL-HYDRO (South Africa - Dr. Wade Edwards), Water for People (Uganda - Mz Cate Nimanya), Mzuzu University (Malawi - Dr. Rochelle Holm) and Chinhoyi University of Technology (Zimbabwe - Dr. Courage Bangira). Different technologies will be used by each of these groups. ATL-Hydro intends on testing a mobile pyrolysis and biochar unit. Water for People intends using various technologies (modified gulpers, etc.) to remove the sludge and treat it accordingly. Mzuzu plans on testing a pressure washer and pump system. Chinhoyi University of Technology plans on using an anaerobic digester to treat faecal sludge. The specifics of each of these projects and technologies will be available at a later stage.

Six applicants were offered contracts to analyse various physico-chemical properties of pit sludge. They are: University of Botswana (Botswana - Dr. P. Odirile), Jimma University & the Ministry of Water and Energy (Ethiopia - Mikiyas Wolde), Egerton University (Kenya - Edward Muchiri), University of Malawi (Dr. Bernard Thole), Makerere University (Uganda -Ahamada Zziwa), and University of Zambia (Zambia - Professor I. Nyambe).The pit sludge characteristics in these different countries will be characterised for a number of parameters (chemical, physical and biological).
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Re: Sanitation Research Fund for Africa Project 21 Jun 2013 09:01 #4775

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This is great news! Will the initiatives also be presented during the IWA conference in Nairobi in the fall?

Thanks for sharing,

Mariska.

Re: Sanitation Research Fund for Africa Project 21 Jun 2013 09:15 #4776

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Hi Mariska.

It will too early to present work at the conference in Kenya. The contracts have just been offered. A more realisic approach would be to target conferences next year. I will, however, keep everyone up to date with the progress of the different work on SuSanA.


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Six of the contractors have by now put up some information about their research on the forum (last edit on 23 April 2014):

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Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation, Malawi
Solutions For Pit Desludging And Subsequent Sludge Management In Low Income Urban Settlements in Malawi
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...awi-mzuzu-university

(2)
Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management at North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
Towards integrated sanitation and organic waste management – improving faecal sludge management on municipal level by upgrading local wastewater treatment plant with value-added processes (Example Tlokwe Local Municipality)
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...fstroom-south-africa

(3)
Water for People, Kampala, Uganda
Kampala Sanihub project
The overall goal of the project is to develop innovative sludge removal and treatment technologies that can be pushed to market by sanitation entrepreneurs in Kampala to ultimately address household sanitation needs.
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...-project-uganda#6315

(4)
Chinhoyi University of Technology in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
Developing innovative techniques for pit latrine desludging and subsequent sludge management in low income urban settlements - The use of anaerobic technology to treat pit latrine sludge for beneficiation
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...iation-zimbabwe#6423

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Makerere University (Department of Agricultural & Bio-Systems Engineering) in Kampala, Uganda
Characterization of Pit Latrine Contents and Developing a Scientific Understanding of Processes Occurring in On-Site Dry Pit Latrines Systems in Low Income Urban Areas – A case study of Kampala Suburbs.
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...-makerere-university

(6)
ATL-Hydro in South Africa
Ubuntu-SAN: Point-of-use dry sanitation and sludge beneficiation micro-entrepreneurship model
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/105-pr...eneurship-model#8295


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491 Frederika Street, Office 2-02, Maruti Buliding, Water Research Commission, GEZINA, Pretoria.

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Last Edit: 23 Apr 2014 10:14 by muench.
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