301 Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation-Integrated Processes

Part 1: 14 November - 2 December, 2016
Part 2: April 24 - May 5, 2017
Part 1: Stockholm, Sweden
Part 2: Uganda
Number of participants
Target Region
Closing date for applications
June 10, 2016


Achieving Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation services for everyone is one of the global Sustainable Development Goals to be reached by 2030. To meet this target we need to be creative, think and act out of the box, and use a much greater range of practical solutions. And above all it will require commitment and hard work by change agents, professional organisations and communities at the local level. This programme will contribute knowledge and skills that will make a difference in the local context.

We strive to deepen and expand the participants’ knowledge and capabilities in his/her professional area and also to strengthen the professional exchange between participants. Each participant contributes their own unique experience and background which enriches the learning and collaborative exchange process among participants, facilitators and experts. The programme has a regional outreach that strengthens professional networks within and between the represented countries.

Sida has commissioned NIRAS and WaterAid to jointly implement an advanced international training programme on Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation – Integrated Processes. We are seeking collaborative organisations active in urban water and sanitation, ready to engage in processes for change and to invest in capable and engaged employees as potential change agents. We trust that you will find the programme interesting and hereby invite you to nominate candidates.



This International Training Programme’s overarching objective is to contribute to planning and implementation of  better sustainable urban water and sanitation services, where the rights, needs and demands of  all citizens, including those of  marginalised groups, are taken into account.


The term sustainability addresses environmental, social and economic long-term factors. Sustainability can be achieved only through an increased awareness of  the need for integrated approaches and for long-term systems and by supporting key organisations in their processes for such a change.



  • Increased knowledge of methods and tools for planning of sustainable urban water and sanitation systems
  • Increased capacity to initiate and drive organisational change processes
  • Shared experiences from colleagues in other parts of the world 



  • Professional support for more sustainable and inclusive water and sanitation services
  • Educated and encouraged staff that will help achieve your strategic goals
  • Collaboration opportunities with various organisations, experts and agencies



Target Group


Candidates may be nominated by authorities, institutions, universities, NGOs, water utilities or other private companies active in the water and sanitation sector.

The programme is primarily targeting organisations, not individuals, and efforts will be made to establish long-term relationships with key organisations. Such collaborative organisations should be willing to commit themselves to participation over several years and to cooperate with other organisations in the programme. Capacity and interest to drive change processes to achieve their long-term goals, and a certain level of  influence on the water and sanitation sector, is a prerequisite to become a collaborative organisation. Candidates from collaborative organisations may be prioritised.


Applicants to the programme should:

  • hold a key position in their organisation, with influence on a strategic level
  • have the engagement and power to initiate and drive change processes;
  • hold a relevant academic degree; and
  • be available and motivated for active participation through the whole training programme.


Invited countries and areas:

Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania and Uganda.


To promote actual collaboration and integration between participants in their national working context, the

programme aims to gather organisations operating in the same geographical area. The programme is therefore focusing on the following areas:


Bangladesh – Dhaka City North

Kenya – Nakuru

Tanzania – Temeke, Dar es Salaam

Uganda – Kampala.

In Myanmar however, the programme is expected to have better impact if  working on the central national level.


Organisations working in other areas than the above, are also welcome to nominate candidates, but should be aware of  the priority given to the selected areas.




The programme will address the following four priority themes:


Framing sustainable urban water and sanitation – How local service provision is linked to institutional frameworks, human rights, financing mechanisms and national targets.


Integrated citywide approaches – How to coordinate all functions in the city, manage conflicting goals and increase synergies across sectors.


Sustainable solutions – Enlarging the toolbox of  practical and realistic options for reaching all urban and peri-urban inhabitants with service delivery that is socially just and environmentally sound.


The Change Agent – Knowledge and tools for managing change processes that will improve the organisation’s performance in sustainable water and sanitation.


Our overall sector orientation is based on a rights perspective with a special focus on women’s and children’s needs and rights.



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