Submission of an Abstract to the FSM City Case Studies Track (1)

The FSM conference series aims to support the growing agenda on city-wide inclusive sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to adequate sanitation. An essential component of meeting this challenge is the development of faecal sludge management (FSM) and other non-sewered sanitation services and infrastructure, and many cities and countries are now making significant progress in these areas.

The city case studies track at FSM5 is a platform for sharing practical experience on delivering non-sewered sanitation sustainably at scale. The conference organisers invite service providers, local authorities, utilities and others working in this area to describe their experience and the significant lessons that can be drawn from it. As well as successful examples, the organisers also welcome the analysis of failures and why they occurred.

If you are working on FSM, based in a city, and would like support in preparing the abstract, or subsequently, a presentation, please contact phsanitation@gmail.com. Also, please fill in the personal data and boxes below to the extent you can.

The Case Studies track will present examples of integrated FSM service provision, that successfully provide and manage FSM services and infrastructure systems in in low- and middle-income countries. The case studies need to be strongly evidence-based, including data on population served, and lessons learned from successes and failures. 

FSM Case Studies should address one or several of the following issues:

  • Policy and institutional models
    • Financing for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Utilities and tariff structure
    • Financing pit emptying equipment and treatment plants
    • Regulations, certification, adoption of standards, public-private partnership (PPP) contracts and key performance indicators
    • Utility or service providers business models
    • Impact of service coverage
    • Evolution of the services – and lessons learned along the way
    • Future plans and developments
    • Building skills and capacities of existing staffs
    • Professionalizing management and operational issues such as integrity
  • Learning from innovative pilots for scale application
    • Case studies on ISO 24521 adoption
    • Financially profitable treatment plants and their business models
    • Practical pilots which show promise for future scaling up
    • Addressing innovation, what is working, what is not working
    • Key challenges to date – and plans to overcome them

Submissions are accepted until 30 June 2018 11:59 pm CET.

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  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Eawag-Sandec
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Inclusive Sanitation in Practice (IPS)
  • Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Water Research Commission (WRC)