Global Online Training Course Toilet Technoogies and Faecal Sludge and Water Management in Rural Areas

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Will building more toilets end our quest for the sanitation utopia? Certainly not. Countries across the globe are waking up to the fresh challenge of disposal of the massive quantities of solid and liquid waste generated by the new toilets they have built. What's more, they have to ensure availability of enough water to make the usage of these toilets sustainable. This waste can easily turn into a serious health hazard by seeping into our lands, our groundwater and our surface water bodies. Countries in the Global South as at special risk: their poor are the worst sufferers. The challenge is intensified in rural areas, where on-site containment is the only solution.

The coronavirus pandemic teaches us that we are as weak as the weakest link in the chain Ð we must ensure that everybody has access to public health and clean water, so that nobody is left out and nobody can be the carrier of the virus. It is essential that we talk about the sustainability of groundwater resources Ð the most common source of water for rural areas across the globe.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), one of the Global South's leading think tanks on environment and development, has a legacy of over 30 years of work on water and sanitation management in South Asia and Africa. CSE's School of Water and Waste is organising a global training programme on faecal sludge management and rainwater harvesting in rural areas. The course will comprise of content handpicked from years of CSE's work in the field for self-study; learning tools such as presentations, audios and videos featuring the most relevant case studies; online forums for discussion; quizzes and assignments; and weekly live sessions with experts.

Government officials, elected representatives, academics, researchers, students, consultants, waste management practitioners, and members of non-profits and CSR agencies from across the world Ð especially countries of the Global South in Asia, Africa and Latin America


  • Knowledge of safe, adaptable and sustainable technologies for managing toilet waste
  • Understanding decentralised technologies to manage grey and black water
  • Training on how to reuse wastewater and faecal sludge
  • Guidance on the use of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material effectively for safe disposal and reuse of faecal sludge
  • Connecting water to toilets -- how to make the usage of toilets sustainable
  • How to make the source of drinking water sustainable through rainwater harvesting
  • Access to success stories on community-led water harvesting projects

This is a fellowship-based course. Candidates will be chosen based on their profile and departmental nomination. Please apply with your CV, and letter of nomination from the head of your department, explaining how you will be using the knowledge gained in this course.


Swati Bhatia
Program Officer
Rural Water-Waste Management
+91-11- 40616000; Extension- 280




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Five top-performing participants will get a free annual subscription of digital Down To Earth, the development and environment magazine from Global South which CSE helps publish.
Participation certificates will be provided at the end of the course.
WAOH!!!! This training has really opened my eyes and knowledge to the benefits of fecal sludge management. Though right now in Nigeria, we are not really into the human fecal sludge treatment and the use of it as manure but sure this a good start for re orientation and mass campaign strategies to my state. Just yesterday,in order to eradicate open defecation in my state,I was given an assignment to construct a bio digester toilet. And I am very sure all my training here will be very useful and guide me. I am really grateful. Looking forward to the advanced course on FSM.

By Oluyinka Shotonwa Roagess
As the course comes to an end, I would like to thank everyone for their continued interactions, and discussion of real queries/problems helped me learn a lot. I want to take these learnings to my own home (already started RWH and recharge last year), working on improving the existing septic tank with baffles. In my village I want to revive a defunct gobar gas plant by adding the faecal waste to it. Currently it's a simple one pit system. I face challenges in finding experts to guide in the retrofitting and new construction. I wanted to propose to CSE to start a directory of such expert agencies or persons. Even a mason who knows this work should be listed there. A lot of work remains undone not because of lack of funds but because of lack of skilled manpower. I should be able to get easy access to expert masons, technicians, engineers in my local area. Hope CSE can help, I can start from my village, block, and district. Thank you!

By Manisha Ahlawat
School of Nature, Village Sambhalhera, Miranpur, Uttar Pradesh
I liked the overall conduct of this training. It was such a wonderful learning experience to me. Really enjoyed and would love to attend more CSE courses.

SHRUTHY. M. L, Impact Kerala Ltd.
The most appreciating thing was variety of participants, i.e. Global participants. Doubt clearing session & availability on the go, despite busy schedule for answering participants question

Priyanka, LSBA, Govt of Bihar