Certificate of Advanced Studies in Water Sanitation and Hygiene for humanitarian and developing contexts

SUPSI, Centre for Development and Cooperation; UNINE, The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics; Eawag-Sandec Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development WASH

Target Audience

The course caters to those working in, or supporting work in low- and middle-income countries and is ideal for professionals working in:
.- Civil society or non-government organizations
.- International development and humanitarian agencies
.- Government agencies
.- Consultants and sector professionals
.- Prerequisite: Professionals in WASH and development related disciplines, wishing to deepen their knowledge in water, sanitation and hygiene in both humanitarian and development contexts.


This course is designed to empower practitioners with an understanding of the fundamentals of the WASH sector, both in the humanitarian and development context. It introduces students to the core principles for planning, designing and implementing activities to improve sustainable and equitable access to domestic water supply and sanitation services and to improve hygiene behaviours.

Programme and Dates
Module 1: Drinking water and health, 22–28 September 2019, Lugano-Canobbio
Module 2: Environmental sanitation, 30 September–5 October 2019, Dübendorf
Module 3: Sustainable water supply, 1–7 June 2020, Neuchâtel

Selected Swiss and international experts from various academic institutes, development agencies and NGOs provide most of the modules’ content.

FOR MORE DETAILS: www.supsi.ch/go/caswash

Learning Objectives

The course is designed to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the increasing complexities of the WASH sector. It provides students with the latest contextual and technical skills to plan, design and implement sustainable activities and programmes within the framework of the fundamental principles of the WASH sector, namely public health and equitable access to water supply and sanitation services. Designed to contribute to Agenda 2030 (SDG 6) by focusing on all aspects of sustainable WASH interventions, this course is strongly practice-oriented, allowing a direct link between theory and reality/complexity on the ground. After completing this course, participants will be able to:
.- Identify and analyse context-specific challenges and plan tailor-made WASH interventions to improve sustainable access to WASH services and facilities in complex institutional environments, both in the field of cooperation and humanitarian aid
.- Conduct a context-specific public health risk analysis of inadequate WASH services and design appropriate prevention strategies
.- Conduct a systematic analysis of environmental, social and technical problems, both in urban and rural contexts, and design appropriate intervention strategies.
.- Confidently implement the wide range of advanced WASH intervention tools: from specific technical approaches in water supply and sanitation to current approaches developed in the field of hygiene promotion, as well as sectoral assessment tools.