Thematic discussion: Research into use/Applied research in water, sanitation and hygiene – 3 October – 22 October 2016

Date: 4th October 2016

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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries and the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation at Mzuzu University (Malawi) are holding a joint 3-week thematic discussion on applied research in water, sanitation and hygiene. The LinkedIn hosted CoP has over 5,900 members each working in WASH and other related sectors; this thematic discussion will be an opportunity to bring together sector practitioners and researchers to share knowledge, learn from each other, identify best practice and explore links between research and practice in the sector.

The thematic discussion will take place on the CoP; with a coordinator moderating the discussions. The discussion will be split into three inter-linked sub-themes and conversation leaders will frame and prompt debates each week on:

  • 3 – 9 October – Theme 1: How to pull practitioners into research – What are some examples of successful research including WASH practitioners? How did these models address the issues of research to support grass roots implementation improvements? How were research findings shared? What ethical procedures were followed for study participants? In the cases of successful research partnership, were programs initiated and undertaken by academic, governmental or non-governmental actors?
  • 10 – 16 October – Theme 2: Low-cost WASH technologies – Is there still room to research and innovate WASH technologies? Who is leading this and how is technology development being conducted?  What are some of the most successful low-cost WASH technologies you have seen? What constitutes low-cost WASH technologies?
  • 17 – 22 October – Theme 3: Reducing sanitation-related psychosocial stress, and improving the safety and quality of life for women and girls – How is this defined? What are some of the local strategies in place to reduce sanitation-related psychosocial stress, and improving the safety and quality of life for women and girls? What are the patterns of this you have seen? Are there more innovative ways looking at this problem – what about the health impact and the perceptions and views of communities?

Join us for the discussion with some of the following thematic experts:

  • Rochelle Holm, Manager of the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation at Mzuzu University, Malawi
  • Abebe Beyene, Department of Environmental Health Science & Technology, Jimma University, Ethiopia

Weekly summaries of discussions will be posted on CoP as well as a synthesis report of overarching findings at the end.

To participate in the discussion, please join here:


We look forward to some constructive and in-depth discussions!


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