WASH and Behaviour Change

International WaterCentre WASH

Target Audience

The course is designed for WASH practitioners working in civil society or non-government organisations, government institutions, donor organisations, and the water/sanitation/hygiene industries.


This course gives participants the knowledge and skills they need to effectively incorporate behaviour strategies into WASH program design and delivery. The course fosters an understanding of when behaviour change strategies should be integrated into WASH programs and provides the tools to guide the integration of behaviour change into WASH programs.

The content per week is as follows

Week 1 Orientation: Introduction to course, objectives, teachers
Module 1: Introduction to WASH and Behaviour Change
Module 2: Understanding changing WASH Behaviours
Week 2 Module 3: Planning – Selecting behaviours, target audiences and theory of change
Week 3 Module 4: Formative Research
Week 4 Module 5: Intervention design and pretesting
Week 5 Module 6: Piloting interventions & scaling up
Week 6 Module 7: Monitoring & Evaluation
Week 7 Presentations projects for group A and B
Week 8 Class 8: Final class, graduation & reflectionsts

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:
• understand the need for, and role of, behaviour change integration into WASH programs,
• identify alternatives to education and awareness strategies for changing behaviours,
• plan and design interventions that address risky WASH behaviours, and
• implement and evaluate behaviour change interventions within WASH programs.