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CAPACITY BUILDING

The Academy has a well established infrastructure to provide training and demonstration on sanitation and related fields. It has a set of different models (of varying costs) of household toilets and other technologies like biogas from human wastes, effective and sustainable treatment of biogas plant effluent, composting technology, waste water treatment through duckweed etc. There are almost regular visits of people for on -site training/demonstration purposes of these technologies. Students from several Indian as well as foreign universities come to Academy, where the Academy provides such training to their requirements.

Sulabh Academy has been working closely with UN-HABITAT for the last 35 years and has made significant contribution to bridge the sanitation gap. The Academy has been working in South Asia and Africa and has sent its experts to several countries as part of UN-HABITAT Missions.

At the request of UN-HABITAT, Sulabh Academy prepared a publication on “Social Marketing of Sanitation” which seeks to serve as the link between UN-HABITAT and other agencies engaged in promoting socially and environmentally sustainable towns/cities and to provide shelter for the poor. The publication analyses the barriers in promoting sanitation and illustrates the experiences in social marketing with case studies from Asia and Africa and provide strategies and solutions. It is extremely useful for the professionals engaged in improving the quality of life by promoting sanitation and will be a guide line to the policy makers, field workers and experts in the area of water and sanitation for implementing the sanitation programme.

+ South Asian Countries
 

The Academy has spread its message and awareness in the field of sanitation in the Asian countries of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Afghanistan. 

The municipal officials and Engineer working in Sanitation sector are trained here and their capacity has been enhanced so as to understand the various issues of saniatation.The rehabilitation package also include a base line survey on water, sanitation and hygiene, awareness campaign for promotion of better hygiene practices covering schools, colleges and other educational institutions, advocacy for safe drinking water, appropriate sanitation and usage of the community toilets constructed under the programme.

+ Partnership with UNICEF and Governement of Bihar
 

Sulabh Academy in association with UNICEF and Government of Bihar will be strengthening the capacity building and training efforts particularly for the gross-root level workers to support the scaling-up the Total Sanitation Campaign and the Swajaldhara programme, a Government launched reform in the water supply and sanitation sector to lay emphasis on awareness generation for creating demand in rural areas.  We have established Sulabh Academy Centre at Patna with the facilities of Sanitation Park, training centre, hostel accommodation to cater the need of training of all the stakeholders of Bihar. We have taken up Vaishali District for this purpose and Lal Ganj and Hazipur Blocks have been chosen for demand generation for sanitation and safe handling of drinking water amongst the rural population of these Blocks. We have selected and trained Block Coordinators, Panchayat Coordinators along with assured delivery of sanitary materials to the rural people with appropriate technology in order to provide safe sanitation in less possible time. Masons has been considered as an important tool for creation of demand and construction activities through social marketing. This project is shining example of strong partnership amongst NGO, Govt. bodies and International Agencies focusing towards unified goals and objectives by pooling their resources and human capital for desired outcome (100% sanitation at Panchayat level) through this project.

The School Sanitation Programme in about 200 Rural Primary Schools have been taken in these two blocks and all the schools will have sanitation and good drinking water facilities by March 2007.

+ Capacity Building & Technology Transfer to African Countries
 

Africa as a continent is generating demand for appropriate technologies in the area of sanitation.  UN-HABITAT, Nairobi requested Sulabh International  to organize capacity building on “Sanitation Technologies” for the African countries, as a part of the implementation of the Habitat Agenda in achieving the Millennium Development Goals for sustainable development in Water, Sanitation, Health and Hygiene.  This was a part of the world-wide global initiative to promote clean living and good health.  This capacity building programme provided opportunity to the participant countries to exchange ideas on sanitation and discuss sanitation technologies and try them out in their own countries with changes wherever necessary.

This Programme on “Sanitation Technologies” is a step towards strengthening and promoting South-South Cooperation for sharing experiences and exchanging ideas on appropriate technologies

The Academy carried out the capacity building process in 2005 to the professionals from five African countries of Ethiopia, Mozambique, Uganda, Cameroon and Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, Mali, Ghana, Cote d’Ivorie, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia wherein the professionals were trained on “Sulabh Sanitation Technologies” through an international workshop.  After this skill training, the participants shall take up the project planning and implementation of the sanitation projects in their countries under Sulabh’s technical and administrative supervision followed by review.  The participants represented each country, prepared their action plans to be carried out by them for the implementation of sanitation technologies in their respective countries.

+ Social and Technical Guidelines on Health, hygiene and Sanitation for the Republic of Mozambique
 

Sulabh has developed “Social and Technical guidelines on Health, Hygiene and Sanitation Education” for the Republic of Mozambique, which is aimed at implementing their Rural Sanitation Programme including health and hygiene and provides sanitary technological options to the beneficiaries to choose as per their needs, choice and financial capacity.  The main purpose was to improve the health of the rural population by introducing good hygiene and sanitation practices within households and giving them access to protected water supply and adequate sanitation.

The guidelines deal in detail the social and technical issues of Rural Sanitation and appropriately set its objectives for enhancing the awareness levels, promoting behavioral change, creating a network of stakeholders and sensitizing the civic bodies in achieving the Goal.  Preparation of appropriate guidelines and education materials for sanitation promotion as well as for the use of implementing agencies and evolving effective monitoring and evaluation strategies would act as the key instruments for the success of the rural sanitation programme with sustainability.

The Guidelines were designed for the use of the implementing agencies and also for assisting the local authorities in the rural sanitation development with appropriate training programmes covering social, technical and administrative issues of rural sanitation were based on the existing practices and technologies that are relevant to the local conditions.  International best practices in the field of rural sanitation were also integrated with the on-going sanitation innovations in Mozambique so as to implement improved sanitation services with hygiene awareness in different Provinces of the country.

It is expected that it would facilitate to promote sensitized citizenry with awareness, motivation and participation towards sanitation, intensive and responsive involvement of all stakeholders with more effective role of civic bodies and private sector, proactive mindset towards sanitation, hygiene and environmental protection, public-private-people partnership, creating awareness through school children and teachers as Agents of Change and improved health, hygiene and sanitation in the society.

+ Contact Programmes with Developed Nations
  The above has been the view point of the third world countries.  The developed countries like France do derive benefits from the efforts of Sulabh in sanitation.  Academy provides two to three months placement programmes in the water, sanitation, health and hygiene sector including Academy research and development to the engineering students of ISTOM, France as an integral part of their curriculum towards practical dimension to the teaching programme at their institution.  The students are oriented on sanitation technologies, bio-energy and waste water treatment systems developed by Academy as well as its other initiatives including women empowerment through inter-active sessions, on-site demonstration and technical visits to different cities/towns in India. 
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