Introduction to WASH for Development Online Training Course

International WaterCentre WASH

Target Audience

Present or future development practitioners working in civil society or non-government organisations, government institutions, donor organisations and consulting firms.

Those working in the water industry in the industrialised world, wanting an understanding of approaches to WASH problems in the developing world.

The course caters to those working in, or supporting work in low- and middle-income countries.


Designed to empower practitioners with an understanding of the fundamentals of the WASH sector. This online course introduces students to the core principles for planning, designing and implementing activities to improve sustainable and equitable access to domestic water supply and sanitation facilities, and improve hygiene behaviours.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:
• Describe the social and economic differences in accessing improved WASH facilities and services
• Explain the breadth of health impacts from inadequate WASH and how they can be prevented.
• Appreciate the historical development of sanitation
• Describe the different environmental, social and technical facets of urban and rural sanitation and current approaches
• Explain current thinking and practice aiming to achieve sustainable WASH services through good technical, institutional and economic principles.
• Discuss the issue of integrating behaviour change in WASH and understand the importance and current thinking to hygiene promotion
• Appreciate the key issues in the WASH sector for the Sustainable Development Goal period.