WSSCC staff and partners will be on hand next week to engage with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) academics and practitioners at the 40th WEDC International Conference from 24 to 28 July.
The annual conference is hosted by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University.
As a valued and respected platform, the conference aims to support knowledge sharing, share good practice and develop capacity for the WASH sector. This year’s theme is Local Action with International Cooperation to Improve and Sustain WASH Services.
In addition to presenting a range of thematic papers, WSSCC representatives will discuss their work with participants and partners, and facilitate a menstrual hygiene management (MHM) workshop.
- WSSCC India Coordinator Vinod Mishra will present his paper exploring how WSSCC is using innovative Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) methods to address stunting and menstruation, and to rapidly achieve open defecation free (ODF) status in Saharanpur District. He will also present a paper on the key sanitation and hygiene challenges faced by marginalized communities in India.
- Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) Senior Programme Officer Hakim Hadjel will present his paper on real-time and emergent learning, shown to be a promising approach for adaptive WASH programming. Similarly, Plan International’s Angela Padilla will present her paper on how real-time learning has influenced the GSF-supported Cambodia Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (C-SHIP). Read more about real-time learning
- A paper exploring how programmes can better understand, respect and include people with mental health conditions in the CLTS process will also be presented. This paper was written by GSF’s Patrick England and the authors of the soon-to-be released GSF Equality and Non-Discrimination study.
- Vincent Ouma, Programme Manager for the GSF-supported Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (K-SHIP), will present his paper on scaling up sanitation and hygiene promotion through grant making. The presentation will demonstrate how grant making activities are contributing to Kenya’s 2020 ODF target.
All papers will be available on the WEDC website following presentation.
At the end of the week, respected MHM trainers Irene Gai and Vinod Mishra will facilitate a WSSCC-organized workshop on MHM as an Entry Point for Gender Equality, through WASH. Read more
We invite WEDC participants to interact with WSSCC throughout the week, and will cover our activities on our Facebook and Twitter platforms.