WASH systems strengthening: the basics (December 2020)

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Want to know all about the WASH systems strengthening approach?

From 1 December 2020 - 1 March 2021 the free general course 'WASH systems strengthening: the basics' will be available on the WASH Systems Academy.

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

The general course takes on average 16 hours and is to be completed in 2 weeks. At the end of the course, you will understand the WASH systems strengthening approach. The course contains the key concepts of the approach and has cases and examples where the approach is used.

  • Duration: 16 hours for completion within 2 weeks
  • Content: water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Availability: several times a year
  • The general course consists of 10 sessions which take between 1-2 hours to complete.

The general course's learning objectives are to understand the WASH systems strengthening approach:

  • What is it?
  • How and why was it developed?
  • How to start applying it

Each session in the general course has specific learning objectives, which are outlined at the start of each session.

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. 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 general course 'WASH systems strengthening: the basics' contains the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Introducing the WASH Systems Academy
  • Session 2: From broken pumps to lasting systems
  • Session 3: What is WASH systems strengthening?
  • Session 4: WASH is a service
  • Session 5: sanitation system strengthening
  • Session 6: Hygiene promotion for WASH systems strengthening
  • Session 7: WASH systems strengthening away from the home
  • Session 8: Leaving no one behind
  • Session 9: The road map to sustainable services
  • Session 10: 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).


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The WASH Systems Academy is an initiative of IRC.

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