November 22, 2016

Workshops in Germany

The GTO will hold some WASH Workshops in Germany in the next months. There will be one workshop on the following topics:


  • "Sustainable Sanitation in urban areas" on the 17. & 18. of December 2016 in Berlin

  • "Hygiene Promotion and Behavior change" on the 13. & 14. of January 2017 in Berlin
  • "Sustainable Sanitation in Developement Cooperation" on the 03. & 04. of February in Bonn

 For more information click here


 !Please note that all courses in Germany will be held in German only!

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?


For more pictures click here.

More information

November 11, 2016

#6 WASH ePaper - The New Urban Agenda

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.


English Version Online

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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September 10 - September 11, 2016

Lollapalooza 2016
The self-made TippyTap


Also in 2016 the GTO was part of the Lollapalooza festival at Treptow Park on September, 10-11 in Berlin. Over 70,000 people visited the festival. Many of them were interested in work of the GTO, presented at a booth in the "Green Neighbourhood". The visitors took action and supported the photo campaign - Sanitation is Dignity. Another highlight was the self-made TippyTap, a mobile hand wash station with soap, which was used with enthusiasm, at tropical temperatures this day.

August 28 - September 02, 2016

WASH in Emergencies Course in Dresden

From 29th of August until the 2nd of September the WASH in Emergencies Intensive Course: Water supply in emergency took place in Dresden. In cooperation with arche nova e.V. and the GTO topics of hydrogeology, water quality, well drilling and cross-cutting issues such as gender and inclusion in the water sector were covered. Participants were also able to apply their new-found knowledge in the field of water testing and material customer directly in practice. We thank all participants and arche nova e.V. for the exciting days.

The Course is an initiative of the German WASH Network in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and is developed and conducted by the German Toilet Organization arche noVa e.V., and BORDA.

August 28 - September 02, 2016

World Water Week Stockholm
Thilo Panzerbieter at the SWA Panel Discussion

The Stockholm World Water Conference in 2016 is over, it was an interesting and exciting event for the GTO.

As a member of the WASH network, the GTO was intensively involved in the preparation and design of three sessions.

The first one aimed to advance the thematic interface between WASH and Nutrition on an international level. In another session was shown how local markets can contribute to WASH needs in humanitarian aid. Moreover, the sustainability crisis in the WASH sector has been discussed in third event.


SWA Steering Committee Panel Discussion

The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership conducted a multi-stakeholder dialogue at Stockholm World Water Week. Topic of discussion was the follow-up for the sanitation, water and hygiene-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goal 6. Beside ministers from Ethiopia and Tanzania (also Chair of AMCOW) the panel consisted of representatives from the private sector, civil society and the World Bank. Thilo Panzerbieter (Executive Director GTO), as a civil society SWA Steering Committee Member, stressed the importance of linking water and sanitation with other SDGs. He spoke in detail about the opportunities for global platforms to provide guidance to countries at this critical time – with the recent introduction of the new global agenda 2030. As an example he highlighted the progressing collaboration between SWA and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.


If you want to find out more, please click here.



June 13 - June 18, 2016

"WASH Essentials: Latrine Construction in Emergencies" Workshop


For the first time, the GTO and the THW organised the workshop "WASH Essentials: Latrine Construction in Emergencies" at the THW-Bundesschule Neuhausen from the 13th- 18th of June 2016. With the theoretical knowledge and the help of practical examples, the participants successfully built and planned toilets for three different emergency scenarios. The GTO as well as the participants of the workshop were thrilled about the great communication and are looking forward to further collaborations.



June 15, 2016



Toilets for Nutrition



Key players from across the world come together for the 10th anniversary of the European Development Days.


As part of the WASH Netzwerk the GTO is looking forward to the session "Toilets for Nutrition" at the ‪‎European Development Days‬. Pushing forward the ‪SDG6‬ with our partners Action contre la Faim (France), WaterAid UK and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.


More information you find here.

May 30 - June 03, 2016



IFAT 2016 - World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management

As part of the project "Toiletised World", the GTO participated at the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management (IFAT) from the 30.05. until the 03.06.2016.

In these five
days, the GTO spoke with many visitors about the global sanitation crisis. To improve that situation with sustainable approaches, the GTO executes development engagement projects at schools in Berlin. Global learning as well as sustainable development were issues that we brought to the visitors.


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