Water and Development

water, sanitation and hygiene

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are recognized in the Millennium Development Goals as key contributors to human health and welfare. Hygienic practices are also crucially important to prevent the spread of diarrheal disease, a major cause of childhood mortality. Appropriate management of excreta protects the environment and can allow for the recovery of nutrients and energy.


November 19, 2019

It's World Toilet Day today. What may sound curious is intended to draw attention to a serious problem. Because worldwide, one in three people lack access to appropriate sanitation. In the Blue Diversion Autarky project, researchers are developing an off-grid toilet, with on-site treatment allowing valuable resources to be recovered.

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July 30, 2019

Ebola is a deadly viral infection that has so far mainly been present in Central and West Africa. Many people in those regions are either unfamiliar with the disease, do not believe in it, or don’t know how to prevent infection. For this reason, UNICEF was active in The Gambia, West Africa, among other places, between 2014 and 2016, running information campaigns on how to prevent the spread of Ebola. Read more


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Scientific publications

Ward, B. J.; Traber, J.; Gueye, A.; Diop, B.; Morgenroth, E.; Strande, L. (2019) Evaluation of conceptual model and predictors of faecal sludge dewatering performance in Senegal and Tanzania, Water Research, 167, 115101 (13 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115101, Institutional Repository
van Welie, M. J.; Truffer, B.; Gebauer, H. (2019) Innovation challenges of utilities in informal settlements: combining a capabilities and regime perspective, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 33, 84-101, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2019.03.006, Institutional Repository
Bischel, H. N.; Caduff, L.; Schindelholz, S.; Kohn, T.; Julian, T. R. (2019) Health risks for sanitation service workers along a container-based urine collection system and resource recovery value chain, Environmental Science and Technology, 7055-7067, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b01092, Institutional Repository
Cherunya, P. C.; Ahlborg, H.; Truffer, B. (2020) Anchoring innovations in oscillating domestic spaces: why sanitation service offerings fail in informal settlements, Research Policy, 49(1), 103841 (16 p.), doi:10.1016/j.respol.2019.103841, Institutional Repository
Genter, F.; Marks, S. J.; Clair-Caliot, G.; Mugume, D. S.; Johnston, R. B.; Bain, R. E. S.; Julian, T. R. (2019) Evaluation of the novel substrate RUG for the detection ofEscherichia coli in water from temperate (Zurich, Switzerland) and tropical (Bushenyi, Uganda) field sites, Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, doi:10.1039/C9EW00138G, Institutional Repository
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