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The WASH e-paper is an online magazine published at regular intervals in German and English. Each edition takes a closer look at a current key issue in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector and related areas. It also provides updates on forthcoming national and international events, current publications and projects, as well as news from the sector. The e-paper is published by the German Toilet Organization in collaboration with the German WASH Network and the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA).

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Issue no. 8

March 2020

Sustainable WASH Services

Despite decades of efforts, water, sanitation and hygiene practices are still inadequate in many countries. On average, 30 % of all hand pumps in Africa are broken, another 40 % are limited in their functionality. Initial achievements in WASH often back drop after only a few years due to insufficient financing, poor maintenance and a lack of local management. To ensure the human rights to water and sanitation for all, which are also anchored in the Agenda 2030 (SDG 6), it is indispensable to equally focus on first-time access and on ensuring reliable WASH services that last. This requires holistic approaches and a change in the way actors work. Stakeholders agree that in order to achieve sustainability in the WASH sector, it is essential to look beyond infrastructure, but at look at the components and interrelations around WASH service delivery in a given context.

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Issue no. 7

August 2017

Market Based Programming in Humanitarian WASH

Humanitarians increasingly view market-based programming (MBP) and cash-transfer programming (CTP) as an effective response to address humanitarian needs of affected people. This is particularly reflected in the cash commitments made under the Grand Bargain of the World Humanitarian Summit. The humanitarian WASH sector is still in its early stages of integrating MBP/CTP as a standard practice. Issue No #7 in particular is a result of a thematic cooperation with the Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team and the Technical Working Group ‘Markets’ of the Global WASH Cluster (GWC).

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Issue no. 6

October 2016

The New Urban Agenda

On the eve of the HABITAT-III Conference in Quito from October 17-20, 2016, the sixth issue of the WASH ePaper is devoted to the central topic of the conference, the “New Urban Agenda“. The current edition reflects the discussion and the strategic options in the WASH sector, addressing the New Urban Agenda’s blueprint for the management of urban water supply and sanitation. The content of this issue is mainly based on presentations from the Conference “Key Elements of a New Urban Agenda”, organised by BORDA in Bremen, Germany.

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Issue no. 5

March 2016

WASH and Nutrition

The fifth issue of the WASH ePaper is devoted to the topic “WASH and Nutrition” and is a follow-up document to the Bonn WASH Nutrition Forum (the Forum), which took place in November 2015 in Bonn, Germany. Linking WASH and nutrition has globally gained momentum. Strong scientific evidence on the relationship of poor WASH conditions and nutritional implications have emerged over the past years. Numerous countries already acknowledge the importance of adequate WASH in their nutrition strategies and call for WASH interventions to be scaled up along with nutrition actions. Beyond that, the German WASH Network and a broad coalition of renowned partners campaign globally for better collaboration between WASH and nutrition actors. The current issue provides an overview of the current state of discussion and presents the results and recommendations from the Forum.

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Issue no. 4

Oktober 2015 / Spezial issue

Building and operating sanitary facilities in refugee accommodation in Germany

This fourth issue of the WASH e-paper is devoted to sanitary facilities in refugee accommodation in Germany against the background of the current situation in Germany. It is in large part based on an internal guidance document from the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) drawn up in a close partnership between THW and the German Toilet Organization. The aim of this issue is to provide guidance for everyone currently involved in WASH aspects of setting up, managing and/or maintaining refugee accommodation and to enable them adequately to address cultural specificities and requirements for toilet.

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Issue no. 3

July 2015


The third issue of the WASH e-Paper is devoted to the issue of post-implementation monitoring (PIM) and ways of ensuring that the access to water supply and sanitation provided by WASH projects is guaranteed even after a project comes to an end. Comprehensive and robust monitoring of implemented WASH services– including, and especially, beyond the project term –is essential if WASH sytems are to be maintained, operated, repaired and, where appropriate, expanded in the long term. The approaches to post-project sustainability monitoring and safeguarding presented in this issue give an overview of the state of current international debate. In large part, they are based on an international PIM workshop organised by Welthungerhilfe and held in Addis Ababa in April 2015.

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Issue no. 2

May 2015


This second issue of the WASH e-paper representsa snapshot of the current German WASH stakeholder landscape in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. It also provides a comprehensive overview of Germany’s central public and civil society organisations, institutions and networks and the current focus of their work.

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Issue no. 1

Dezember 2014


The first issue examines the topic of WASH capacity development and provides a comprehensive overview of the latest basic and advanced training measures at both the national and international level. It also covers relevant WASH online platforms, blogs, newsletters, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and webinars.

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