Good Water Summit-Groundwork Day

Take part in the Good Water Summit – Groundwork day on 6th December at the Musée Romain in Lausanne.

GoodFestival, Waterpreneurs, and Partners of the Swiss Water Entrepreneurship Pact, are organizing a workshop to co-create sustainable financial strategies for water, sanitation and hygiene solutions serving low-income customers.

Out of the box thinking will be needed to find innovative solutions to achieve SDG6 and ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

By joining this workshop, together with experts, you will:

  • Identify key concepts and create a common understanding of sustainable finance
  • Prototype generic deal sheets for 50k, 250k and 1m, which are fair and generative
  • Contribute to the design of the Good Water Summit 2019 event

This will be a unique opportunity to expand your community of people, that innovate, take risks and challenge the status quo to find solutions benefitting the people and the planet.

Registration: Please register here as seats are limited to 50 participants.

Invitation Flyer: Please access the flyer HERE.

Blue School Kit 2.0

Blue Schools – Linking WASH in schools with environmental education and practice

Blue School offers a healthy learning environment and exposes students to environmentally-friendly technologies and practices that can be replicated in their communities. Blue School activities seek to inspire students as the next generation of WASH and environment sector champions—a promising path to contribute to achieving SDG 6 targets as well as related SDGs.

Developed by Caritas Switzerland, Eawag-Sandec, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Terre des hommes, the Blue School Concept 2.0 is based on the pioneering work of the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation since 2007, as well as projects of the Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium.

The Blue School Kit guides education authorities, school stakeholders and civil society organizations to work with upper primary and secondary school students to transform a school into a Blue School. Once the basic WASH requirements are fulfilled in a school, the pathway integrates learning experiences on small-scale sustainable gardening, good land and water management practices, solid waste collection/separation and gender.

What is a Blue School?

A Blue School goes beyond activities related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). It promotes a school garden as a practical place to demonstrate the relationship between food production and an efficient management of water; as well as a demonstrative place for watershed and land management practices.

A Blue School offers a healthy learning environment and exposes students to environmentally-friendly technologies and practices that can be replicated in their communities. It inspires students to be change agents in their communities and builds the next generation of WASH and environment sector champions.

Blue School materials

Since 2011, different members of the Swiss Water & Sanitation Consortium (SWSC) have piloted and implemented the Blue School concept in more than 200 schools in Bangladesh, Benin, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Nepal with support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Based on the experiences, the Blue School concept was reviewed and supporting materials (table below) developed.

The Blue School materials provide concrete support and ideas to project staff, education authorities and school stakeholders on how to transform a school into a Blue School. The education material in the Facilitator’s Guide and Catalogue of Practical Exercises target students in upper primary school and/or secondary school, but the concept as such can be implemented with any age group.

1. CONCEPT BRIEF: It defines a Blue School and  provides a road map on how best to engage government institutions, build ownership of the school stakeholders and ensure sustainability; Target audience: Any interested parties

English version; French version; Spanish version

2. CATALOGUE OF TECHNOLOGIES: It provides references to low costs technologies that can be implemented in a schoolyard or its surroundings with particular focus on sustainable land and water management, gardening and solid waste management; Target audience: Project staff, education authorities and school stakeholders

English versionFrench version; Spanish version

3. FACILITATOR’S GUIDE –  for teachers and training of trainers: It provides a visual support to introduce or strengthen extra-curricular topics—including overlooked topics such as gender, menstrual hygiene management and transformation of solid waste into resources. It suggests learning objectives and refers to the Catalogue of Practical Exercises for inspiration; Target audience: Teachers and training of trainers

Engish version; French version; Spanish version

4. CATALOGUE OF PRACTICAL EXERCISES: It provides ideas to introduce the eight topics with hands-on exercises that complement the theoretical lessons and use simple materials at little to no cost; Target audience: Teachers and training of trainers

 

Distance Learning Course: International Water Law & the Law of Transboundary Aquifers

The Geneva Water Hub  is launching the 3rd edition of its Distance Learning Course on International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers that will take place from 24 September to 9 December 2018.

The course’s goal is to provide professionals involved in the negotiation or implementation of treaties related to transboundary surface and ground water resources with advanced knowledge of the principles and norms that govern the use, equitable sharing and sustainable management of these resources. This international legal framework contributes to the prevention of water-related conflicts among riparian States.

The course is composed of six thematic modules and an additional practical module consisting in the resolution of a case study.

Module 1: Sources and Concepts of International Water Law
Module 2: The Evolution of International Regulation on Transboundary Water Resources
Module 3: The Law of Transboundary Aquifers
Module 4: The Principles of the Law on Transboundary Water Resources I
Module 5: The Principles of the Law on Transboundary Water Resources II
Module 6: Water and International Economic Law
Case Study: Analysis and Legal Resolution

Participants completing all modules are awarded with 4 ECTS equivalent to 120 learning hours (an average of 10 hours of personal work per week)

The registration fees are 900 Swiss Francs. However, full and partial scholarships are available for participants coming from least developed and non-OECD countries. The registration/application deadline is 19 September 2018.

The course is carried out by the GWH’s Platform for International Water Law, in partnership with the DiploFoundation and receives the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Any questions about the application or registration procedures, content and course fees can be addressed to info-waterlawonline@unige.ch

More Information HERE.

Youth Delegates Program of the World Water Council (WWC)

The Youth Delegates Program of the World Water Council (WWC) for 2018-2020 has been launched!

Are you between 18 and 35 years of age and involved in Water & Youth activities? 💧Yes? This opportunity is for YOU!  Four delegates from different parts of the 🌎 who can demonstrate strong regional experience and networks will be selected. One of the candidates (who will represent the African region) will be selected from the 9th World Water Forum host country, Senegal.

The deadline is September 19th 2018

For more information click HERE.

Further link: International Secretariat for Water.

Scaling Up HWTS Business Approaches: Tools and Solutions

Hands-on tools and validated solutions for scaling HWTS business approaches

Are you interested in hands-on and easy to use tools to establish, professionalise and grow your safe water business?
Antenna Foundation and its partners recently launched the Safe Water Business Perspective on sswm.info. The platform supports safe water professionals (entrepreneurs, NGOs, governments, and impact investors) in establishing and scaling safe water business approaches focusing on producing and selling household water treatment solutions. We offer validated solutions covered in over 30 thematic factsheets paired with real-life case studies structured and categorized under the business life cycle concept “From Blueprint to Scale”.

Have a look!

 

Register for the PEAK Courses from Eawag

Register now for the new PEAK Applied Online Course on Systematic Behaviour Change in Development Projects by EAWAG taking place this November.

Eawag is inviting you to the PEAK Applied Online Course on “Systematic Behaviour Change in Development Projects”. The course will enable participants to plan, design and evaluate systematic behaviour change campaigns. You will learn how to conduct a quantitative survey measuring the behavioural factors, how to identify the required behaviour change techniques and how to verify their effectiveness. The course will be conducted in English. Participation in the course is only possible via internet using video conference, please consult the brochure for technical requirements.

The course will be held from 3 to 6 pm CET (Central Europe Time) on the following days:

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018
  • Wednesday, 21 November 2018
  • Thursday, 22 November 2018
  • Friday, 23 November 2018

The registration deadline is 14 November 2018. The number of participants is limited to 30 persons.

For more information and registration click HERE.

 

Swiss Energy and Climate Conference

The Swiss Energy and Climate Summit (SwissECS) is Switzerland’s leading conference for energy and climate issues. Every year, over 800 decision-makers from industry, the energy, finance, insurance and construction sectors and representatives of NGOs, the Swiss government and cantons take part in the event.
The SwissECS has been held annually since 2007 and always takes place in Bern in September.

The SwissECS showcases cutting-edge technologies from energy and environmental technology that play a key role in climate protection. Participants can find out more about current energy and climate issues in various formats, such as keynote speeches, interactive podiums, innovation pitches, breakout sessions and an exhibition zone featuring demonstrations of the latest solutions.

When: Wednesday 19th September 2018

Where: Kuursaal Bern

More Information and registration visit the official website.

Extended Deadline: Exchange on Urban Resilience Organized by SECO and the World Bank

On 6th September 2018, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and The World Bank are organizing an exchange with Swiss Business Community/ Stakeholders that work in the field of Urban Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Risk Financing. The idea is to present the engagement of SECO on urban resilience, link Swiss Businesses with the World Bank and discuss possibilities of potential future collaboration, as well as to showcase Swiss Expertise on this issue to the World Bank.

Topics that will be covered include: Emergency preparedness & Response; Resilient Infrastructure; Geospatial Solutions and Private Capital Mobilization. The event takes place in the margins of the Steering Committee of the City Resilience Program (CRP)  which will come to Bern for its annual Donor Meeting.

When: 6. September 2018; 9:30am-3:30pm

Where: Welle7, Schanzenstrasse 5, CH-3008 Bern (www.welle7.ch)

Additional Info:

Deadline for Registration: PLEASE REGISTER VIA E-MAIL TO info.wein.cooperation@seco.admin.ch LATEST UNTIL 26. AUGUST 2018.

If you have any questions or if you would like to receive further information please click HERE.

 

2018 Open Awards Competition

RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC)

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 85 Universities in 35 African countries is pleased to announce the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) whose overall purpose is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas among African youth. RUYAEC invites young (<35 years) African entrepreneurs and incubates to compete for 10 awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. The focus is for the young entrepreneurs to share their stories at an international stage with close to 1200 participants drawn from academia, business and industry, development organisations, practitioners and philanthropists.  It is hoped that through this competition, young entrepreneurs’ business concepts, impact, innovation and business opportunities can be expanded. While the focus of this competition is on innovation in agribusiness, other innovations, incubations, business enterprises and business concepts along ICTs, health, engineering, natural resources, meteorology, urbanization, green economy, and transport and communication, among other areas, will be considered.

The ten (10) competitively selected business enterprises will receive all expenses paid trip (air ticket, conference registration, and hotel costs) for participation at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference (22-26 October, 2018) in Nairobi, Kenya. The selected young entrepreneurs will receive a cash price award.

Eligibility

Applications are invited from enterprises and individuals that meet the following eligibility criteria.

  1. Persons with an established business enterprise and/or those with innovations that can potentially be commercialized and/or those with business concepts
  2. The business enterprise/potential enterprise should have a defined business model that show case the innovativeness of the proposed enterprise/business/innovation.
  3. Persons in the age category 16-34 years
  4. Submissions should be in English or French using the template provided.

Deadline for submissions: 31st August, 2018.

Application submission process:

All applications should be submitted through the www.ruforum.org/younginnovators/

Enquiries:

For any enquiries do contact Dr. Egeru Anthony (a.egeru@ruforum.org ) and Dr. Sylvanus Mensah (m.sylvanus@ruforum.org).