New CAS in Water Sanitation and Hygiene for humanitarian and developing contexts


Course Objectives 

The course is designed to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the increasing complexities of the WASH sector. It provides students with the latest contextual and technical skills to plan, design and implement sustainable activities and programmes within the framework of the fundamental principles of the WASH sector, namely public health and equitable access to water supply and sanitation services. Designed to contribute to Agenda 2030 (SDG 6) by focusing on all aspects of sustainable WASH interventions, this course is strongly practice-oriented, allowing a direct link between theory and reality/complexity on the ground. After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse context-specific challenges and plan tailor-made WASH interventions to improve sustainable access to WASH services and facilities in complex institutional environments, both in the field of cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • Conduct a context-specific public health risk analysis of inadequate WASH services and design appropriate prevention strategies
  • Conduct a systematic analysis of environmental, social and technical problems, both in urban and rural contexts, and design appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Confidently implement the wide range of advanced WASH intervention tools: from specific technical approaches in water supply and sanitation to current approaches developed in the field of hygiene promotion, as well as sectoral assessment tools.

Participants and prerequisite 

The course caters to those working in, or supporting work in low- and middle-income countries and is ideal for professionals working in: 

  • Civil society or non-government organizations 
  • International development and humanitarian agencies 
  • Government agencies 
  • Consultants and sector professionals 
  • Prerequisite: Professionals in WASH and development related disciplines, wishing to deepen their knowledge in water, sanitation and hygiene in both humanitarian and development contexts. 

Certificate and exams

The Certificate of Advanced Studies will be granted after having completed each of the final exams of the three modules. The CAS WASH grants 12 ECTS points.


CHF 5’700.–. This fee includes teaching, materials, coffee breaks, lunches and 2 social dinners. The fee does not include transportation, accommodation and other meals. The organizer will give support to finding suitable accommodation at a reasonable price. Provided there is enough space, participants who do not wish to follow the whole CAS can register separately for each module.

Fee for a single module is CHF 2’000.–. The Programme Management has no funding provisions for applicants of this course.

Organising partners

  • SUPSI, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Centre for Development and Cooperation, Lugano-Canobbio (lead)
  • Eawag-Sandec, Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development, Dübendorf
  • UNINE, The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics, Neuchâtel


  • SUPSI, Centre for Development and Cooperation
    Campus Trevano, Via Trevano, 6952 Canobbio
  • Eawag-Sandec, Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid
    Waste for Development
    Überlandstrasse 133, CH-8600 Dübendorf
  • UNINE, The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics
    Bâtiment UniMail, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel

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Swiss Junior Water Prize 2019

Zamir Borojevic from Binningen (BL) wins the Swiss Junior Water Prize 2019

Raperswill (4th May 2019) – The national contest for young researchers, Swiss Youth in Science, closed its 53th edition recognising the efforts of the 109 participants who made it to the final. The Swiss Junior Water Prize 2019 was granted to Zamir Borojevic, a talented young student (19) from the  from the Gymnasium Oberwil (BL)  for his work Tardigrada – Bärtierchen unter dem Einfluss von Säuren / Laugen und UV-C Licht”, a research on a species highly resistant to extreme environmental conditions, found in most water bodies, moss and sediment.

The awarded entry is a meticulous research project that experimentally tested the tolerance limits of Hypsibius exemplaris to acidic and alkaline fluids as well as UV-C radiation. Works researching on various extreme environmental conditions are winning importance in the face of climate change, thus understanding the defence and adaptation mechanisms in different species is crucial in contributing to finding solutions for protecting the environment. In this sense, Zamir produced with his experiments a very solid data basis and presents an interesting view on the tiny tardigrades, which count among the toughest species to be found in water bodies and humid environments.

The jury of Swiss Youth in Science acknowledged Zamir´s work the distinction “excellent” and commented with the following words “Zamir Borojevic involved himself deeply in his project with tardigrades and the mechanisms of cryptobiosis, a condition in which an organism does not show any obvious signs of life and whose metabolic activity is difficult to detect. How the tardigrades manage to adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions without damaging their cells is still largely unclear. With his work, Zamir Borojevic provides a further insight into the fascinating skills of tardigrades”

About Swiss Junior Water Prize

The Swiss Junior Water Prize recognizes young students between 15 and 20 years old, who have conducted outstanding school projects related to water and sanitation with proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. The winner is entitled to represent Switzerland in the international competition Stockholm Junior Water Prize, held during the World Water Week. The Swiss Junior Water Prize is a joint effort of the Swiss Water Partnership and the Swiss Toilet Organisation, aiming to encourage Swiss Youth to grow an interest in water and sustainability issues.



The Swiss Junior Water Prize can be carried out thanks to the sponsorship of the following organisations.

Skat Consulting Ltd.

Xlylem, Inc.

A special recognition to VSA for their contribution to enhancing the visibility of the Swiss Junior Water Prize within the water sector.


By interest to support the Swiss Junior Water Prize, please contact or

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Public consultations started on Switzerland's new strategic approach to international cooperation

Swiss development cooperation is to become more focused, making it more effective.

This is the proposed strategic approach for Switzerland’s international cooperation, submitted for optional public consultation by the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) on 2 May 2019.

Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021–24

the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Human Security Division (HSD) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), together with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), have been working for several months on the draft Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021–24. This process began in summer 2018 and will continue until the draft is adopted by the Federal Council and by Parliament in 2020.

The FDFA and the EAER have for the first time decided to launch an optional public consultation in order to gather input from the cantons, political parties, umbrella associations and other stakeholders involved in Switzerland’s international cooperation. The consultation will run from 2 May to 23 August 2019. A press conference and a press release are planned for the launch.

All the documents relating to this consultation are now available in Switzerland’s official languages from 2 May on the Federal Chancellery’s website and on a dedicated web page.

Have a look at the MEDIA RELEASE.


INNOVATE 4 WATER - Lusaka, Zambia | 19-20 June 2019

Unlocking capital to support the growth of small and medium scale WASH entrepreneurs in Zambia

On June 19-20 2019 in Lusaka, during 2 days of matchmaking focusing on water and sanitation, entrepreneurship and sustainable investments, “Innovate 4 Water” will bring water nexus innovators, investors and other key stakeholders together to accelerate innovation and diffusion, supporting sustainable technologies and business models for access to safe water and sanitation.

You are a Zambian / Southern African / World expert in:

  • Water, sanitation and related development issues
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Access to basic services for low-income populations
  • Business and human rights
  • Market-based solutions
  • Impact investing
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Blended finance
  • Circular economy
  • Decentralized business models

“Innovate 4 Water” Lusaka is for you!

The market-place forum will:

  • Bring together over 100 participants comprising high-level financiers and service providers from the public and private domains in the water and sanitation sector, as well as innovative entrepreneurs and investors from the region and abroad in an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect,
  • Encourage an innovative exchange of experiences and views from different angles and background and inspire them to “think out of the box” to address the financial and technical challenges experienced in the water and the sanitation sector,

Have a simultaneous exhibition to give participants the possibility to present themselves to providing innovative solutions to the water and sanitation sector.

When: 19-20 June 2019
Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia

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