In the humanitarian WASH sector, there are various tools and information as well as standards and guidelines are available. However, the challenge is that many of these resources are not made available systematically and thus they are difficult to access in practice. The sanitation sector and especially faecal sludge management are particularly affected. In addition, the sector lacks practical knowledge and personnel capacities for faecal sludge management.
After a detailed analysis, the “Technical Working Group for Faecal Sludge Management” (FSM TWiG) of the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) concluded that an open source knowledge hub with all relevant and quality-assured contents would substantially improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the work in the humanitarian WASH sector.
Against this background, seven organizations (BORDA, CAWST, Eawag, GTO, IHE Delft, Netherlands Red Cross and Solidarités international), who are jointly active in the FSM TWiG, decided to form a consortium and develop the Sani-Hub. The consortium is coordinated by the GTO. The project is financially supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Sani-Hub will help to close the knowledge and capacity gaps in faecal sludge management and sanitation. It will make essential knowledge available in a structured and quality-assured manner. For this purpose, a user-friendly open-source platform is being developed that is available via the Internet. In addition to various interactive online tools and an extensive knowledge database, the hub will include a continuously and actively operated helpdesk.
The aim of the project consortium is to create a knowledge resource that is used by all WASH practitioners in the field during humanitarian disasters around the world. It covers the entire sanitation service chain and all phases of sanitation projects for a wide range of contexts. It allows for the continuous adaptation of sanitation systems through the different relief, and reconstruction phases and is linkable to the subsequent development phase. As technologies and systems evolve, the Humanitarian Sanitation Hub will be continuously maintained and adapted to the state of the art. It is designed to bring together all the knowledge in the sector and is considered to become the gold standard.
- 7expert organisations develop the knowledge platform
- 3/4of the world's population in fragile contexts lives without safely managed sanitation