Developing and Disseminating Guidance on Faecal Sludge Disposal Sites in Emergencies – Dissemination component

Organisation: Solidarites International

Partners: BORDA; WASTE

Location: France

Type of grant: WASH

Status: Ongoing

  • Faecal sludge being disposed of into a water body, Kurdish Region Iraq


The dissemination component of the project aims to develop an engaging and relevant format for the faecal sludge disposal guidelines as well as propose innovative ways of disseminating the guidelines to support decision-making on faecal sludge management in rapid-onset emergencies.

What is the humanitarian need?

In 2013, the HIF commissioned a Gap Analysis to identify key challenges in emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Methods for disposing bulk faecal sludge was highlighted as a significant problem particularly during rapid onset emergencies. While some guidance exists on faecal sludge disposal, this is often not translated into better quality action during rapid-onset emergencies (within the first 6 months). Lack of awareness among practitioners of existing faecal sludge disposal guidelines and existing guidelines not being user-friendly could be among factors accounting for inaction.

What is the innovative solution?

The research component of the project led by BORDA aims to understand the driving forces behind the decisions made on faecal sludge management in first phase emergencies and includes an investigation on the preferred format of guidelines. With this understanding, we will develop a relevant and engaging format for the guidance as well as an innovative dissemination plan that aims at more targeted and effective methods of disseminating guidance on faecal sludge disposal. Uptake of the guidance material among the targeted audience will be evaluated to assess the impact and value of the guidance material and recommendations made on adjustments in the content, format and design. In developing innovative format and dissemination solutions, we will employ a user-centered design approach, putting the needs of the targeted audience at the center, and co-create key project deliverables with WASH practitioners and external actors (i.e. ALNAP, digital transformation and communications consultants) to enrich the innovation process.

What are the expected outcomes?

  1. Presentation of guidance format options and draft dissemination plan to WASH experts at a Guidance Design and Dissemination Workshop, facilitated by the HIF.
  2. Transformation of technical guidelines for faecal sludge disposal generated by BORDA into a relevant and engaging format (taking into account recommendations from the Dissemination workshop).
  3. Innovative guidance dissemination plan that contributes to bringing about change in faecal sludge disposal practice at field level (taking into account feedback from Guidance and Dissemination workshop).
  4. Impact evaluation report.
  5. Case report and a short video outlining the project implementation methodology, key findings and lessons learned, key findings.

Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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