WASH in Emergencies 2016-2018


Regional WASH Workshops to Strengthen Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Capacity


With the Regional WASH Workshop series, the German WASH Network aims at strengthening local WASH disaster preparedness and response capacities in order to allow for the provision of appropriate and effective humanitarian WASH services in disaster and crisis prone regions. The regional WASH workshops are part of a strategic portfolio of activities developed and carried out in close cooperation between the German WASH Network and the German Federal Foreign Office to respond to the growing demand for emergency coordination and qualified humanitarian WASH capacity in Germany and respective partner countries.

Particularly the strengthening of actors in the priority fields of preparedness, disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaption (CCA)inclusion & gender, behaviour change and cash & markets can make a significant and sustainable difference for people living in disaster and crisis affected areas. The workshops are seen as a vital exchange platform to allow for necessary knowledge sharing, South-South learning and networking among regionally active German WASH Network members and its local partners as well as for strengthening the linkages to existing regional and international humanitarian networks and central actors of the humanitarian system. The initiative is informed by the WASH Cluster System (e.g. Knowledge Management Survey 2017) and continually adapted to the strategic priorities of the Global WASH Cluster in the fields of knowledge management and capacity building.

The identified target regions for the regional workshops in 2017 are Western Africa, Asia and the MENA region.


Workshop Location Date Language Application Deadline Application Form
MENA Beirut, Lebanon May 6–11, 2017 English 05.03.2017 MENA
Asia Tacloban, Philippines July 17-22, 2017 English 14.05.2017 Asia
West-Africa Dakar, Senegal Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017 French 03.09.2017 Africa

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Target Group

Staff members and experts from locally active German WASH Network member organisation and its local implementing partners in the target regions, who have formulated a need for further professionalisation and networking.

Workshop Components

The 5 to 6 day workshops will consist of demand-oriented training activities, the facilitation of South-South knowledge exchange and a larger networking component. If possible the workshops will be complemented by a 1-day exposure visit.

Trainers & Speakers

The trainers are WASH experts working for different member organisations of the German WASH Network, who have relevant project experience and expertise in the field of humanitarian WASH. In addition, reference is made to a wide range of national and international sector experts and decision-makers, who will speak on specific issues. Course language is English.

Training costs

The regional workshops are offered free of charge. Local accommodation and catering will be covered. In addition there is a limited budget available to assist in (co-)financing travel costs up to a pre-defined limit for those organisations not able to fully cover travel expenses their own (smaller NGOs, local partner organisations). In case you need support please indicate this accordingly in the registration form.

 You have further questions?

Please write us an email: registration [at] washnet.de



Application process

Interested persons can apply online using the following application forms:

Regional Workshop MENA (Application is no longer possible)

Regional Workshop Asia (Application is no longer possible)

Regional Workshop West-Africa (Application is no longer possible)

The selection of participants will be done based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants are member of the German WASH Network
  • Applicants are from local partner organisations of the German WASH Network
  • Applicants have existing experience and expertise in humanitarian WASH


Further dates and venues for regional workshops from 2016-18 will be announced here.


Overall Coordination

Robert Gensch
German Toilet Organization


Email: registration [at] washnet.de

(for all inquiries)

Tel: +49 (0)30 41 93 43 45

Coordination MENA Workshop

Torsten Goch
Johanniter Auslandshilfe

Coordination Asien Workshop

Rita Trautmann
arche noVa

Coordination Afrika Workshop

Arno Coerver
Malteser International