News and updates from WASTE advisers on urban environment and development
Dear readers,
In this first emailbulletin of 2014 you can find a short overview of the coming and going of our staff, an invitation to join a discussion around solid waste management in emergency situations and a save the date for a half day seminar in May.

Verele de Vreede
Information Officer

New faces at WASTE

With the new year we had to say goodbye to several people but we could also welcome some new staff members:
  • Myrte Koch who will be working in our SAWI initiative, her experience in urban environment is seen as a good addition to our already multidisciplinary staff
  • Kajetan Hetzer who is working on our WASH programme, his background in banking will give new input in our projects around financing sanitatio
  • And Jolanda Maas who replaces Mireille Portier and who will be be responsible for ao HRM at WASTE.
Mireille Porter has decided to leave us after 4 years. We will miss her, but she has found us a good replacement. We would like to thank her and wish her all the best in the business she has set up.

Ger Pannekoek still works for WASTE, but has moved to Mozambique where he is working among other for the FUSP (Frysian Urban Sanitation Program). He reports in this bulletin on his first activities.

Join the discussion around emergency waste management

Dr Anne Scheinberg has written a discussion paper on emergency waste management.
Points of discussion are:
  • What to do directly in an emergency situation?
  • How to make sure that the waste is cleared  out efficiently and effectively, to avoid further health hazards?
We would like to get several points of view to come to a more profound insight

The paper can be downloaded on our website, comments can be sent to
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Diamond approach in FUSP

The diamond approach is a methodology developed by WASTE to ensure sustainability in their programmes. One of the principles is that sanitation services should be taken care of by the private sector and not be the responsibility of a subsidized entity.
This principle has been adapted in the FUSP (Frysian Urban Sanitation Program) a short report from our colleague Ger Pannekoek, based in Mozambique.
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In Good Company

Opportunities for Dutch and European businesses in the global waste sector

UNESCO-IHE and WASTE are jointly organising a half-day symposium for Dutch and European businesses interested to work in waste management in low- and middle income countries.

Save the date: May 21, 14.00-19.00
Location: UNESCO-IHE, Delft de Netherlands.

More information or register directly.
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Update on the Sanitation and Innovation Design Contest of 2013

In all, 60 people signed up for the challenge which resulted in 20 ideas for solutions. Only 10 were complete enough to be judged. Currently, an international multi-disciplinary team of judges comprising architects, civil engineers, academics from management science and industrial design - are evaluating the various designs. An unexpected side-product of this contest is a refinement of indicators as the academics in the team put their heads together and developed a good set of indicators.
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