Specialist course: Building blocks of sustainable WASH systems (April 2020)

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Want to know more about WASH system strengthening? After the basic course on WASH system strenghtening, the WASH Systems Academy has a first specialist course on the 'Building Blocks of sustainable WASH services'.

WASH Systems Academy

The academy is an interactive platform to assist WASH sector professionals apply a WASH systems strengthening approach. If you are at the start of your career or are a senior WASH expert that wants to understand what a systems strengthening approach is all about and how you can integrate it in your work. This free online course is for you.

Watch here a short animation (1.5 min.) introducing the WASH Systems Academy.

Course content

This specialist course on the building blocks of sustainable WASH systems consists of 10 sessions of 1-1.5 hours. The total estimated course duration is 16 hours.

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
  • how to support others to apply the WASH systems strengthening approach

This course is available once you pass the general course 'WASH system strengthening: the basics' of the WASH Systems Academy.

Monitoring your progress

Every time you complete an activity such as listening to a podcast, watching an animation, taking a quiz or passing the final test at the end of the course, you will receive credits and badges.

The course ends with a multiple-choice test. If you complete all the activities in all the sessions and get 80% or more right in the test, you can download a digital certificate to add to your LinkedIn or Facebook profile.

However, the learning does not have to stop here. You can expand your knowledge by using the extra materials in each module. They include factsheets, working papers, briefing notes, tools and training materials for face-to-face training. All resources can be downloaded.

The certificate
The course ends with a multiple-choice test. If you complete all activities in all sessions and get 80% on the test, you can download a digital certificate to add to your LinkedIn or Facebook profile.

Session overview
The specialist course ' The building blocks of sustainable WASH systems' contains the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Introduction to course
  • Session 2: Policy and legislation
  • Session 3: Institutions
  • Session 3: Regulation and accountability
  • Session 4: Infrastructure development
  • Session 5: Infrastructure managment
  • Session 6: Planning
  • Session 7: Finance
  • Session 8: Monitoring
  • Session 9: Learning and adaptation
  • Session 10: Water resource management
  • Session 11: Test your knowledge & earn a certificate

Access to the course

After registering through Eventbrite (this website), you will receive your login details by e-mail from IRC on the starting date of this course by 13.00 hours (The Netherlands time).


Registering for this course assumes that you have read and agree to IRC's Privacy Regulations.

The WASH Systems Academy is a collaborative platform initiated by IRC.

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