April 21, 2016
"Agenda 2030 - Berlin makes future. Innovation and digital transformation as an engine for sustainable development". This year's Zukunftstour took place in Berlin on April 21, 2016 at Radialsystem. The Minister for Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, launched the Zukunftscharta in 2014, to raise awareness for the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals which were defined in 2015.
The GTO presented its education programme "Toiletised World" as part of the Global Learning aspect of the event. Participants played an entertaining and exciting toilet memory game to learn about cultural diversity and the various types of toilets around the world. Additionally, the visitors engaged in the Sanitation-is Dignity campaign and were photographed with their "revolootionary" message at the photo booth. On the information board they could deepen their knowledge about the sanitation crisis.
March 08, 2016
English subtitles are available in the video setup
On the occasion of International Women's Day March 8, 2016 Berlin pupils and the German Toilet Organization (GTO) staged an unexpected scene at the Washington Square in front of Berlin Central Station. In the focus of the flashmob were two toilet stalls, one for women, and one for men. With a disproportionately long queue in front of the ladies - a well-known image - the pupils drew attention to the lack of gender equality in front of the loo.
Pupils of the Ruetli School in Berlin-Neukoelln and Fritz-Reuter-School from Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen participated in the project. The project is financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (LEZ) by the State of Berlin. ECOtoiletten kindly provided toilets. CWS-boco is a long term supporter of this and other GTO projects.
The Advanced Seminar: Sustainable Sanitation in Developing and Emerging Countries was held in Karlsruhe on 29th to 30th of January 2016
Participants were given a deeper insight into sanitary technologies, non-technical accompanying measures, current approaches to planning and project examples. In group work and discussions, the participants were able to apply acquired knowledge and learned from the experiences of the other participants.
Thanks to everyone for their participation and sharing their personal experiences.
Engenieers Without Borders were so kind to support the GTO logistically on site.
The seminar was sponsored by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL on behalf of BMZ.
From 15th to 16th of January our seminar on sustainable sanitation in emergencies and reconstruction situations took place in Muenster.
The topics included basics about sanitation in emergency assistance, operation and maintenance of different sanitation solutions, socio-cultural aspects as well as special features and importance of hygiene promotion.
Our agenda was enriched by exciting reports of Michael Wolf (Austrian Red Cross) who gave the participants a practical inside view to the field of sanitation and hygiene promotion in emergencies (Philippines, Haiti).
Many thanks to all participants for their motivated group works, their interesting inputs and suggestions as well as to the regional group of Engineers Without Borders Muenster helping out with the organisational part.
The seminar was funded by Engagement Global on behalf of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
November 24, 2015
The WASH e-paper #4 on the topic of building and operating sanitary facilities in refugee accommodation in Germany is now online. This special issue was drawn up in a close partnership between THW and the German Toilet Organization. The aim of this issue is to provide guidance for everyone currently involved in WASH aspects of setting up, managing and/or maintaining refugee accommodation.
Click here for further information and download of this issue.
November 19, 2015
English subtitles are available in the video setup
On the occasion of the World Toilet Day on Nov 19, the GTO celebrated the day with a Flashmob at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. The event is part of the project Toiletised World and students of Rütli-school Neukölln.
This year, World Toilet Day is focusing on the link between sanitation and nutrition drawing the world’s attention to the importance of toilets in supporting better nutrition and improved health.
With kind support of Engagement Global on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and of the Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit Berlin. We also thank CWS-boco for their great support.
November 16, 2015
The GTO has again successfully been part of the 16th Berlin Development Education Program (BENBI), which took place between the 09th and 13th of November. This year was all under the theme "future rich worlds - How do we meet abundance and lack".
In fourteen workshops of 90 minutes each pupils of all ages were confronted with the subject "Whether rich or poor - on the toilet, we are all equal".
Through interactive theater, still images and games, the issue was discussed, how something being regarded as so fundamental as a clean toilet, on a global scale can be considered as luxury and what options are available to address these abuses.
November 04, 2015
The German WASH-Network – an alliance of 19 German NGOs – is inviting to an international conference on the nexus between WASH and nutrition security in the city of Bonn, Germany in November 2015. (For more detailed information on the concept, speakers, registration etc. please also click the tabs above.)
Mirror Sessions as an Entry Point
Overcoming malnutrition is a great challenge that will require true collaboration between the WASH and nutrition sectors. The main aim of the forum is to bring together the relevant experts from both sectors. The forum intends to allow for an effective mix of thematic inputs and discussions during so-called “mirror sessions”. Here, relevant sector professionals in similar positions from both the WASH and Nutrition sector will be asked to present their work/perspective. Hearing about the other respective sector, allows for reflection of one’s own work (hence “mirror”) and inspires further discussion with other experts and participants on complementarity and collaboration between the sectors and the identification of joint indicators. Aim is to come up with a concrete set of recommendations, next steps and commitments in terms of viable operational approaches, research, policy and advocacy issues to lead to a more integrated approach for tackling undernutrition and stunting.
Experts Inspire Discussion
Beyond the mirror session renowned speakers will inspire outcome-oriented discussion, hereby helping the participants to a) assess the latest scientific evidence, b) define strategies and operational solutions and c) develop strategies to integrate the nexus into development and humanitarian policies.
The preparatory process for this conference was launched at the WASH-Zukunftsforum in November 2014 followed by a seminar at Stockholm World Water Week 2015. Following the spirit of Germany´s Zukunftscharta, German civil society and the federal government are working closely together to move the issue up on the international development as well as the humanitarian agendas. Supported by the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) via its Chair, Dr. Uschi Eid, the conference will be a key contribution to the UN World Toilet Day 2015, which has “Toilets and Nutrition” as its priority theme this year.
Click here for further information on the Bonn WASH Nutrition Forum!
October 20, 2015
The first two ‘Regional WASH Workshops to Strengthen Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Capacity’ took place in Bangkok, Thailand from September 07 – 11 and in Kampala, Uganda from October 05-10.
The workshops facilitated a vital knowledge exchange between the participants and with key actors of the humanitarian WASH system like UNHCR and UNICEF.
The German Toilet Organization was responsible for moderating and facilitating the workshop. Thanks to Malteser International and Arche Nova for carrying out the organisational and logistical part.
The workshop is part of the strategic portfolio of activities developed and carried out in close cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office to respond to the growing demand for qualified humanitarian WASH capacities.
Click here for further information on the workshops!
September 16, 2015
Last weekend, September 12&13, 2015, we had the chance to be part of "Der Grüne Kiez" (The green district) at the Lollapalooza Festival in Berlin. It is a sustainable theme park in which non-profit organizations and initiatives could present their work and projects. We had the booth next to our friends from arche nova, Viva con agua and EcoToilets. Our Tippy Tap handwashing construction was used very frequently! Good job! We got lots of positive feedback regarding our work and people could make a statement referring to the sanitary crisis in the world. Please see the pics below. A big thanks goes out to Dominik, Franzi, Hilde, Svenja, Laura, Klaus und Sabine for their great commitement before, at and after the festival.
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