Recent studies highlight the importance of leadership and vision


Two recent studies from the group have pointed at the importance of good leadership and common visions for successfully implementation of new water and wastewater systems.

A theory-building case-study of community-based water and wastewater systems in Cochabamba, Bolivia identified four prerequisites for success: leadership, agreed vision, collective action and management. The study builds a framework of prerequisites and enabling factors that may be used by policy makers and development practitioners to strengthen community management and support community-based organisations in providing water and sanitation services.

Importance of internal factors for community-managed water and wastewater systems in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Game for Resource Recovery tested in Uganda


On the 25th of April, the SPANS team held a workshop on serious gaming “Games for Resource Recovery in Sanitation” at Makerere University, Uganda. We presented the serious game that we have been developing within the SPANS project – Sanitation Planning for Alternative Nutrient-Recovery Systems (see Blogg post 201-12-05). The aim of the workshop was to present a serious game for increasing understanding of resource recovery from sanitation systems. Serious gaming is a tool for engagement and planning to inform sanitation decision making. Participants were provided with background information about serious gaming and then played a prototype of the game. Workshop participants included representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Water, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Kampala Capital City Authorities, local consultants and staff from local universities. Reflections and discussion after the workshop have provided feedback for further development of the game. The game was well received and several stakeholders invited us back to test the finalized game within actual planning processes.