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Over the years, the GTO has been repeatedly involved in the development of a number of important WASH sector publications, in which it collects accumulated WASH expertise in a targeted and demand-oriented manner, prepares it and makes it available to a broader specialist public either in regular online formats or as a more comprehensive basic publication. This includes publications on current sector trends such as the “WASH and Nutrition” or “Linking Relief and Development in WASH” topics or the standard work on technical sanitary solutions in humanitarian aid. In addition, the GTO supports other organizations and networks in the production of relevant WASH publications.

All publications were developed under the leadership of the German WASH network.

Publications for download:

Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies

The Compendium on Sanitation Technologies in Emergency provides a structured and user-friendly guide and planning aid for sanitation solutions in humanitarian emergency relief. It supports and enables decision making by providing the necessary framework for the development of sanitation system solutions. It also brings together a wide range of proven technologies in a single document and provides accurate information on the key decision criteria for each technology.

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Linking Relief and Development in the WASH Sector

The publication is intended to provide a more detailed overview of existing definitions, common categorisations and models currently used to describe the smooth transition in the WASH field and to identify existing challenges and opportunities. It deals with the most important disaster and crisis scenarios and their impact on the WASH sector. The publication contains definitions for different types of assistance (relief, rehabilitation and development) and the role that WASH plays in each of them.

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2+6=17 – Linking WASH and Nutrition – A Blueprint for Living SDG 17

The publication supports all countries and players in the humanitarian and development sectors to find their individual ways of combining WASH and nutrition with a view to achieving the sustainable development goals. It promotes understanding between the two thematic areas and the various interest groups and provides examples and recommendations for increasing impact, sustainability and cost efficiency. All actors involved face the challenge of counteracting “silo thinking” and promoting integration so as to increase the impact and sustainability of interventions while preserving cost efficiency. “2+6=17” gives recommendations for action, supported by concrete examples.

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WASH ePaper

The WASH ePaper is a regularly published online magazine which takes up in each issue a current main topic from the fields of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as related sectors and highlights them in more detail. In addition, it informs about upcoming national and international events, current publications, projects and news from the sector. The WASH ePaper is published by the GTO.

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