Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Conference Brisbane 2011

The WASH 2011 conference held in Brisbane in May brought together local and international practitioners and professionals to discuss the challenges in creating sustainability in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, particularly in developing countries. With 2.6 billion people lacking adequate sanitation and 884 million people without access to safe water, this conference was a great opportunity to share experiences and participate in training activities. There was a general theme for the need to focus on improving the sustainability of project delivery outcomes (software vs hardware investments) with improved community engagement and long-term monitoring and evaluation.

GHD had a strong presence at the conference with:

• Paul Bolger hosting a training course on Groundwater resources drawn from his experiences in Australia and abroad with RedR, Oxfam & others;

• Freya Mills presenting a paper on functional sustainability of wastewater treatment in Kathmandu from her AYAD placement in Nepal; and

• Dale Young presented a poster on MSABI, the NGO he founded in Tanzania, which is a recipient of GHD in the Community Partnership funding.

All three participants had some very positive feedback in relation to their presentations.

Australia is increasing its international development funding and there is often pressure for large NGOs to delivery large budgets in short time frames. There was great interest in the work being done and the skills that exist in GHD and recognition of the need for NGOs to obtain specialist technical and management assistance in the work they do.

For more information, contact Paul, Dale or Freya at paul.bolger@ghd.com, Dale.Young@ghd.com or Freya.Mills@ghd.com.