Seminar: The systems approach in WASH interventions

The system approach does not understand water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as infrastructure development and the deployment of local committees, but involves a wide network of actors and factors in order to offer a complete package of WASH services through them. This approach thus opens up new perspectives on development cooperation, focusing on sustainability and thus on the long-term independence of the systems.

The 2-day seminar will examine from different perspectives how a transformation or strengthening of systems works in practice and which components belong to the systems approach (including local government, private sector, community actors, etc.).

The course language is German.


  • Change of Mind: From Project to System Approach in WASH Interventions
  • WASH as service
  • Relevant governmental and non-governmental systems for the WASH sector at micro, meso and macro level
  • Methods for the acquisition of starting points within a system (building blocks)
  • Global actors and their approaches to systems strengthening


The seminar enables participants to design and implement WASH interventions that take existing structures and systems into account, strengthen them and see them as part of the solution. Participants learn the basics of the systems approach and get an overview of the most important global actors and their system relevant methods in WASH interventions. System-relevant assessment methods are applied and tested in exercises.

Target group

The target group for this seminar are employees of non-governmental organisations as well as other interested persons who carry out projects in the field of WASH.

If you are interested in participating in a seminar or have questions about the topics of the seminars, please do not hesitate to contact us: or call +49 30 419343-44 / -45.
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