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From 26-3-/11/2012, SNV organized a regional workshop on rural sanitation scaling up SSH4A in Nghe An.

 

Each year SNV and IRC organize a Regional WASH Learning Event in Asia. This year the event took place from 26 to 30 November 2012 in the province of Nghe An, in Vietnam with the following topic: Scaling up Rural Sanitation and Hygiene.

The event brought together more than 40 national and international participants, including SNV advisors and government officials and other WASH international experts.

The main objective of this learning event is to exchange ideas and deepen understanding of the process and dynamics of scaling of Rural Sanitation and Hygiene and to look at different scaling up strategies, the pace, phasing, and roles of different stakeholders, among others.

The five-day workshop was kicked off by Dr Nga, director of VIHEMA, and Dr Hung, deputy director of the Department of Health (DoH) in Nghe An. Ministry of Health is a key partner of SNV in the implementation of the DFID-funded programme:“Scaling up Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) in Nghe An”.

Among various topics of discussion, scalability of innovationswere first touched upon.At this session, Ms Antoinette Kome, SNV Network Leader WASH Asia, highlighted the significant role played by an enabling environment in the process of scaling up – be it horizontal scaling up, or vertical scaling or be it functional scaling up.

On the second day all the attendants were divided into five groups in order to participate in a field work. Each group was responsible to collect information related with the following topics: 1) Role of health sector; 2) Role of education sector; 3) Sanitation marketing and supply chains; 4) Role of local authorities; and 5) Sanitation demand creation. The main objective of this field work was to explore and discuss some of the strategic decisions around scaling up processes in a real case.

Back in the plenary the different groups shared their main findings related to understanding consumer needs and motivators (such as pride), managing aspirations when households may not trust or prefer the more affordable models, the use of soft loans and their limitations in potentially not reaching the poorest households, going beyond demand creation and ODF, and ensuring quality facilitation skills whilst working within cascade training models.

Examples of scaling strategies were presented from both Asia and Africa. Starting with WSPs work in Indonesia with the Total Sanitation and Sanitation Marketing Project 2007-11 (TSSM); then to a case study from Ethiopia; and finishing with the experiences from Kenya in terms the role of district level reflection, government leadership and process of monitoring of CLTS.

Sanitation Marketing experience in Cambodia was also shared by WaterSHEDwith an inspirational video showing the impact of sanitation marketing activities in one village of rural Cambodia. This showed how powerful sanitation marketing could be in providing low cost solutions and a sustainable model that relies on the capacity of the market to continue generating services without external support.

The week-long learning workshop was wrapped up by putting all learning in a “shopping cart” for each of the participants to take away and put the experience gained during the workshop into their daily practice. Some of these lessons learned can have an immediate application and impact, while others would take some time to be integrated and adapted to the local contexts.

 
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