February 06, 2017

Sanitation ABC

What are the challenges of a sustainable sanitary design within projects of development cooperation? Which are possible technical solutions and how can they be suited appropriately to the particular context? Our “Basic seminar Sustainable Sanitation” gives answers to questions like this.


From 3rd to 4th of February we were in Bonn for a two-day training course talking about relevant technologies, tools and methods with representatives of NGO’s and interested students. In the process, the participants could test the imparted knowledge on specific case-studies and share and discuss their own experiences within the group.


The seminar was supported by BMZ.

January 30, 2017

Toiletized World Junior
Vorbereitung zur Klo-Demo

The past two weeks have been really eventful within our school work. We worked with two primary schools on the topic of water and sanitation, worldwide, as well as within their school. The participating kids were very creative and enthusiastic and implemented their ideas on how to present everything they had learned to the whole school. There were self-made posters, a crafted toilet, decorated with special messages, painted toilet seats and Tippy-Taps. The Kids also organized a Toilet-Demonstration inside the school building with the slogan – “every butt needs a loo”. The whole engagement impressed us very much and motivates us, to work in schools in the future.

January 18, 2017

Hygiene ABC

On 13th and 14th of January our basic course on "Hygiene Promotion and Behavior Change" took place in Berlin.


Together with representatives of NGO's and interested students we discussed possibilities and challenges of Hygiene Promotion for WASH-projects worldwide. In the process, hygiene performance and water-based diseases as well as strategies on participatory assessments and Menstrual Hygiene Management were reviewed. Also concepts on Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion like "Community-Lead Total Sanitation" (CLTS) were introduced. By means of a self-designed puppet theatre the attendees could test the presented tools directly within the two-day course.

January 3, 2017

#6 WASH ePaper - The New Urban Agenda

The 6th WASH ePaper is now also available in German, French and Spanish

Click here to access the download versions.

On the eve of the HABITAT-III Conference in Quito from October  17-20, 2016, the sixth issue of the WASH ePaper is devoted to the central topic of the conference, the "New Urban Agenda“. The current edition reflects the discussion and the strategic options in the WASH sector, addressing the New Urban Agenda's blueprint for the management of urban water supply and sanitation. The content of this issue is mainly based on presentations from the Conference “Key Elements of a New Urban Agenda”, organised by BORDA in Bremen, Germany.

November 16, 2016

benbi 2016: flight, migration and toiletised world – where to go on the run?

This year the GTO was part of the Berlin Development-Policy Education Programme (benbi) for the 6th time and conducted workshops with different groups of students. Following the slogan “Toiletised world – where to go on the run?” they were able to inform themselves interactively about the topic of flight and migration in connection with sanitation:


Why are toilets in refugee camps important? Are toilets important to me personally? What does an aid organization have to be aware of if it is building toilets in refugee camps?


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November 01, 2016

WASH Tech Day

Last week not only the WASH Network Meeting took place in Berlin, but also a new event format, the
WASH Tech Day.

7 suppliers in the field of Humanitarian aid and water supply presented themselves and their technologies. The idea was to encourage a critical discussion and a dialog between supplier and implementing organisations.  


The day is part of a strategic portfolio of activities developed in close cooperation between the German WASH Network and the German Federal Foreign Office.

October 31, 2016

Regional Workshop ASIA

In October the Regional WASH Workshop ASIA took place in Rangun, Mynamar.

It was an intense and interesting week and we would like to thank all participants from 9 different countries, as well as our local host arche noVa e.V..


With the Regional WASH Workshop series, the German WASH Network aims at strengthening local WASH disaster preparedness and response capacities of members organisations and their local partners in the 3 target regions Africa, Asia and Middle East.


It is part of a strategic portfolio of activities developed in close cooperation between German WASH Netzwerk and German Federal Foreign Office and is organised and conducted by Malteser International, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V., arche noVa e.V. and German Toilet Organization.


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October 14, 2016

*English subtitles are available in the video setup*

Demonstration on the occasion of World Food Day

On October 14, 2016 the GTO and around 100 Berlin pupils called attention to the World Food Day (October 16) and showed why toilets can combat hunger and save lives.

With the demonstration at the symbolic place of the world time clock on the Alexanderplatz in Berlin the pupils with placards and self-made exhibits explained passers-by the serious influence of missing toilets also on the global hunger.


We would like to thanks all persons involved.


The action is part of the "Klobalisierte Welt" project, which is made possible through means of Engagement Global on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and by the Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin. We also thank the CWS-boco ( for the long-term support


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