Published on: 04/03/2019
There are many elements that determine the strength of a WASH system to deliver sustainable services for all. We have divided them into nine dynamic and overlapping building blocks.
When WASH systems are strong and resilient they deliver services that meet people's needs. When they are weak, services are poor, unreliable or fail altogether. The WASH systems strengthening approach looks at the WASH system as a whole, through the lens of 9 critical "building blocks" as monitoring, finance and policy and legislation. Each session in this course focuses on one of these building blocks of a sustainable system.
After completing this course, you will know:
• the details of the 9 critical building blocks of sustainable WASH services
• entry points on how to start strengthening WASH systems
This course goes beyond the basics of system strengthening and introduces tools and methodologies to start applying the approach and assess the strength of the system in your context. This specialist course on the building blocks of sustainable WASH systems consists of 11 sessions of 1.5 hours. The total estimated course duration is a minimum of 16 hours. You have three months to complete the course. After one year, access to the course will no longer be available.
The activities in each session are different, but expect to:
The learning does not have there. Each session has extra optional materials if you want to know more.
The content of this course covers the building blocks of sustainable WASH systems and is divided over 11 sessions. Go through the course following all sessions in consecutive order:
You can download the complete session texts, including all the exercises, via the course resources tab. This allows you to follow part of the course offline. However, you will need to connect to the online platform to participate in the forum discussions, poll questions and complete the multiple choice tests.
Collect all 11 building block badges! Earn a badge when you complete a session by successfully passing the multiple choice test at the end of each session. In this way you can easily keep track of the sessions you have successfully completed.
If you successfully complete all the multiple choice tests at the end of each session with a score of 75% or more, you can download a digital certificate of completion.
The WASH Systems Academy is an initiative of IRC.