According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) report 2019, around 2.2 billion people around the world do not have access to safely-managed drinking water and 4.2 billion lack safe sanitation services. Approximate, 2.7 billion people around the urban world use on-site sanitation technologies that need faecal sludge and septage management services (Strande et al., 2014). The highest numbers are in Eastern Asia with 1.1 billion people, Southern Asia with 593 million people, and Sub-Saharan Africa with 439 million. These are households and communities using latrines without access to or unable to afford conventional sewerage system or faecal sludge management services.

World Bank in their brief on WASH (Water, sanitation & hygiene) and COVID-19 highlight that, “Safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services are an essential part of preventing and protecting human health during infectious disease outbreaks, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most cost-effective strategies for increasing pandemic preparedness, especially in resource-constrained settings, is investing in core public health infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems.”

The current novel corona virus (COVID 19) outbreak, rapid urbanisation, lack of sanitation planning and infrastructure in developing countries like Asia, Africa and Latin America etc., has reignited the need for global action to ensure access to safe water & sanitation for all, as a human right and as a critical element to protect human health. In this endeavour, the School of Water and Waste, AAETI, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), is organizing the online training on ‘City-wide sanitation planning’.

City-wide sanitation planning training provides you with an introduction to integrated sanitation planning approaches. Participants of this training will become familiar with different sanitation planning frameworks as well as different systems and technologies relevant along the sanitation value chain. You will learn why systems’ thinking is crucial for urban environmental sanitation, and how to apply key terminology and important concepts


To enable practitioners to gain basic skills and knowledge about City-wide Sanitation Planning

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain knowledge about the importance of City-wide sanitation planning
  • Recognition of the importance of stakeholder engagement for developing a robust CSP
  • Understand steps of preparing a CSP using state of the art tool known as SANI-KIT
  • Learning from the already implemented best management practices

Training Design

Participants will complete the training in a period of about four weeks with a workload of 24 hours. Participant is expected to spend about 6 hours per week on reading, discussion, interaction and assignments. The training is sub-divided into 4 modules and a written assignment. Participants will get to use CSE’s the web-based toolkit portal – Sani-Kit which provides tools for each stage of planning, preparing and implementing CSPs

The training comprises of self-study, technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies from various countries and other audio material. It will facilitate interaction amongst participants through online forums and discussions. It will be interactive with several interesting assessment exercises and quizzes.