GIZ’s Support to the National Urban Sanitation Policy Programme (SNUSP) has collaborated with the states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Telangana to achieve the goals of the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission). Under SNUSP II, a stepwise training and handholding programme for preparation and implementation of City Sanitation Plans has been designed and executed by GIZ. The training is meant for city officials from small and medium towns and state officials from 4 states – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala. Officials from Telangana and Kerala have already participated in these programmes.
To broaden the pool of trainers and scale up the training and handholding programme, GIZ-SNUSP with Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) and Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD), organised an international training programme for trainers in Bangalore from 30th March till 1st April 2015. The training of trainers (TOT) focussed on “City Sanitation Plans as implementation tool: Example from India”. Over 27 national and international multi-stakeholder sanitation professionals from India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan attended this programme. Participants included representatives from BORDA-Afghanistan, BORDA-India, GIZ-Afghanistan, CDD Society, India; state institutions such as Kerala Institute of Local Administration, and National Institute of Urban Management and training institutions like Ecosan Services Foundation (ESF).
The programme included field visits to sites of decentralised sanitation systems developed by CDD.
The innovative approach of the training was well appreciated by all participants. The training:
- Provided participants with relevant knowledge and lessons learnt on the process, requirements and contents of City Sanitation Plans in India
- Capacitated use of an interactive-experience based training methodology in general and the Harvard Case Method in particular (a well-developed and tested approach for practice oriented, inter-active learning that stimulates active exploration and development of conclusions by the trainees, rather than providing ready-made teaching messages)
- Facilitated exchange between participants on their training experiences and urban sanitation expertise