Introduction to WASH for Development

International WaterCentre 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 organisations
- Government agencies
- International development donor agencies
- Consultancies


This is an entry-level course that aims to teach students the fundamentals of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to plan, design and implement programs to improve access to sustainable and safely managed water and sanitation, and improve hygiene behaviours. The course provides students with a range of tested and evidence-based frameworks and tools to effectively manage WASH programs, including monitoring and evaluation approaches that lead to achieving sustainable access for all.

Learning Objectives

Goal: to understand why WASH programs are important, what they should comprise, and how they should be conceived in order to achieve sustainable, effective outcomes for everyone. By the end of the course participants will have learnt about:

– Where are we now? SDGs era.
– Social and health impacts of inadequate WASH
– Sanitation: key issues and approaches
– Water supply: key principles and approaches
– Behaviour change and hygiene promotion processes