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Innovative Approaches to Address the Sanitation Challenge

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Approximately 2.4 billion people or roughly one third of the global population lacks access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines. After decades of development why are we still trying to solve the sanitation challenge?

Progress has been made, but many challenges remain to provide improved and safe ‘sanitation for all’. Past solutions often treated the sanitation challenge as a technical problem that could be solved simply by building and installing new toilets and sewers. But sitting beneath this infrastructure problem are management and governance issues, consideration of culture, attitudes and behaviours, and the need to find cost-effective models of delivery that not only improve sanitation, but improve local ownership of the challenge and solution. New approaches to addressing the challenge are clearly needed.

The Melbourne Development Circle has invited two WASH practitioners to share the innovative approaches used by their organisations to tackle the sanitation challenge:

  • Gaetano Romano - Program Manager, Live & Learn Environmental Education. Gaetano spent twenty years, mostly in South East Asia, but also in Chad, Uganda and Bangladesh as a project and program manager in both development and humanitarian contexts, primarily in the WASH sector. Gaetano is currently managing the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program at Live & Learn. He will discuss the piloting of the Sanitation Marketing approach and WASH in schools in the South Pacific.

  • Mike Poustie - WASH and IWRM Technical Advisor, World Vision Australia. Mike is an environmental engineer who has spent the last decade working and researching the water, sanitation and hygiene challenges in the Asia Pacific region. After working in Bangladesh he spent 6 years researching socio-technical barriers to improved WASH services in the Pacific and now. Mike will highlight a number of behaviour change approaches to improve sanitation and hand hygiene amongst school children – including a novel partnership with Sesame Street and a specifically designed puppet - Raya!

Both speakers will highlight the importance of inclusive WASH and address the gender dimension of what can be a very culturally sensitive and taboo topic. Join us after the presentations for small group discussions where you can to ask questions and share your experiences.

You will walk away from the session with a better understanding of how sanitation marketing, behaviour change, and other innovative approaches are being used to address the challenge of improving sanitation in the development context.

Follow us on Twitter using @TheDevCircle and #meldevcircle as we discuss #sanitation

Please arrive on time so you can socialise whilst enjoying the delicious catering and light refreshments provided by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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