An inventory of WASH training events and resources

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An inventory of WASH training events and resources

Dear Colleagues:

We have made a quick start on compiling a directory of WASH training events and resources. Please let us know of other resources to add to this list or if this type of directory already exists.

Links to each of the items listed below can be found on Sanitation Updates :

WASH Training Events and Resources (updated August 15, 2019)

Sources to check
- Coursera MOOCs
- International Water Centre
- UNC Water Institute
- UNDP Cap-Net
- – training courses and resources.
- Others???


- Training Workshops – Delivered by CAWST and its local training partners. Designed for WASH managers, government staff, field workers and community workers.


- Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management
- Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries Part 1: Understanding Complex Problems
- Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries Part 2: Developing Effective Interventions
- Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies
- Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
- Water Resources Management and Policy


- WASH Systems Academy – A dynamic online platform to assist WASH sector professionals in applying a WASH systems strengthening approach. Interactive, engaging and free—the WASH Systems Academy makes driving for change for this human right fun and available to all.

WASH systems strengthening – From 16th September to 27th September 2019 the free basic course ‘WASH systems strengthening: the basics’ will be available on the WASH Systems Academy. The basic course takes on average 16 hours and is to be completed in 2 weeks. At the end of the course, you will understand the WASH systems strengthening approach. The course contains the key concepts of the approach and has cases and examples where the approach is used. This course is also available in October 2019 and November 2019.

International Water Centre – We were founded in 2005 with the vision of harnessing the diverse expertise of the world’s leading water professionals, to educate and empower individuals, communities and organizations, to build capacity to respond to water challenges in innovative ways. Some of its online courses include:

- Introduction to WASH for development, starts September 16, 2019 – This online course will provide those starting their career or preparing for project work in the WASH sector with the fundamental principles and approaches to better engage and support efforts to work towards achieving SDG6. Cost: $548.00

- Water reform and governance, starts August 20, 2020 – In this online course, we will explore these questions and draw on practical examples to demonstrate how water reform processes are successful when they are context driven, inclusive of direct and indirect users of water, take a whole-of-water-cycle approach to reform, and deeply consider multiple societal outcomes. Cost: $648.00

UNC Water Institute

- Water Safety Plans: An Online Distance Learning Program – The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) is offering a 9-week online learning course on Water Safety Plans (WSPs) aimed at those in the water industry with management, engineering, or operational responsibilities.

UNDP Cap-Net Virtual Campus – The Virtual Campus is an innovative platform to support water capacity development.

- Water Integrity: Principles and Concepts, 2019 Edition – This online instructor-led course is meant to offer a “grain” of the needed knowledge required by water practitioners, public officials, NGO personnel, and anybody else who want to contribute to increase the efficiency and integrity of water management. This course will take place between September 30 and November 29, 2019. Interested participants may apply online until September 7. There is no course fee. Sponsored by a partnership of international development organizations, the course is free.

- An Introduction to WASH Climate Resilience Programming – This course aims to provide an introduction on how to effectively implement WASH climate resilience programming. The course will ultimately build the capacity of WASH sector professionals to improve existing programmes, making them more sustainable and climate-resilient. A certificate will be provided on completion of the course. There is no course fee. Sponsored by a partnership of international development organizations, the course is free. Interested participants must apply for this course before Wednesday, October 10, 2018.


- Online courses in Water Management for Development – Some of the core modules are on: Management of Water and Environmental Sanitation Services; Management of Village Water Services; Water and the Natural Environment; Research Methods; Management and Operation of Water Utilities; Urban Sanitation Management

Dan Campbell
USAID Water Communications and Knowledge Management Project
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