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Annual Review 2011 - IWA

Annual Review 2011 - IWA

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54 IWA Development Solutions Award - Research In recognition of Sandec’s applied research and high quality science that provides leadership and partnership for the academic community working in low and middle income countries. Presented to Christian Zurbrugg, Director, Sandec Sandec started life as a WHO reference centre back in the late 1960s and was then converted to a research department of Eawag: the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, in the early 1970s. One of Sandec’s strengths therefore is its long-term commitment, which has been made possible by continuous Eawag directorate support. Sandec benefits from the multidisciplinary expertise of Eawag colleagues and their interest in issues in the developing world, and its research and capacity development focus is on water treatment, sanitation planning, excreta and wastewater management as well as solid waste management for low and middle income countries. For instance, in drinking water Sandec’s focus for many years has been on water quality issues – specifically on household water treatment. Examples such as Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) have been recognised as one of the standard approaches for household water treatment for an estimated two million or more users worldwide. More recent research focuses on fluoride removal filters, arsenic removal and gravity-driven membrane filters, with ongoing projects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. On sanitation planning, in collaboration with experts around the globe, Sandec has developed community-led sanitation planning approaches such as the HCES (household-centred environmental sanitation planning) approach, which is used as a basis by many planning and development agencies. Christian Zurbrugg, on behalf of Sandec, receives the IWA DS Award for Research from Glen Daigger at IWA Development Congress, KL, November 2011 The organisation’s experience with field trials in sanitation planning led it to embark on developing decision support tools for choosing sanitation options, one result being the Compendium of sanitation systems and technologies. Sandec is currently working on improving the toolbox for sanitation planning and decision support. All of Sandec’s research is strongly concentrated on application and finding practical solutions, so the company has a keen focus on developing research products that serve practice and policymakers. As typical research papers in academic journals often do not reach that target audience, the organisation puts a great deal of effort into developing manuals, guidelines and practical tools and methods for those who are responsible for decision-making and implementation. Sandec believes that one organisation alone cannot solve the water sanitation challenges of low and middle income countries – it requires partnerships between local governments, private sector, practitioners, researchers and development agencies. ‘IWA provides an ideal platform to build and establish such partnerships,’ Mr Zurbrugg says. Project Innovation Award – Development In 2011, following a reflection on the geographical scope of the Project Innovation Awards, IWA established a new Awards programme that caters specifically for low and middle income countries. Named the IWA Project Innovation Awards – Development, this new award aims to ‘recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in water and sanitation projects in developing countries’. Through this, IWA hopes to foster innovation in service delivery in developing countries, embed innovative practices amongst practitioners, and provide recognition for new solutions to existing challenges in support of international efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. A total of 35 projects were submitted for this inaugural PIA-Development cycle, demonstrating practical and integrated development. Projects paid particular attention to: • Social, technical, financial, economic, environmental and institutional issues; • A focus on towns, cities and peri-urban/urban environments; • Demonstrating sustainability on the basis of users’ willingness to pay recurrent costs, local operation and maintenance and locally-available replacement parts, with capital costs proportionate to local incomes. The winning projects were recognised at an award reception on 23 November 2011 during the 2nd IWA Development Congress & Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The winners for the 2011 PIA Development are: Drinking Water category Applied Research Winner: Presented to the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), India, for the ZAR multipollutant water treatment unit. Honour Award: Presented to the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), India, for solar energy based electrolytic defluoridation. Hardware Winner: Presented to the Emfuleni Local Municipality for the Sebokeng and Evaton advanced pressure management project, South Africa. Honour Award: Presented to GHD Engineering Consultants for the Maji Safi Afya Bora Ifakara (MSABI) sustainable privatisation business models for the safe delivery of water, Tanzania. Software Winner: Presented to Maynilad Water Services for the Samahang Tubig Maynilad programme; the Maynilad community-based water management programme in the West Zone of Metro Manila, The Philippines. Honour Award: Presented to the Manila Water Company for the ‘Tubig Para Sa Barangay’ programme, providing clean and affordable water to poor communities using a sustainable model and community participatory approach, The Philippines. 55

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